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Volvo S80, Sedan
#1535 of 2415 Re: New vs. Old [mcoz #1533]
Apr 13, 2004 (5:37 pm)
The new Volvo s80 (I have 2000 S80 2.9) displays the highest degree of quality in every area - materials, workmanship, body assembly, etc.
I would think that the quality in that respect has increased over the years.
Also the new cars are much more stylish (IMHO) and are much better performers, compare to the 740 - 940.
I found the Volvo's reliability is satisfactory as well, but I would say that the best Japanese brands have definitely, higher degree of the short term reliability.
The long term reliability is something that has to be proven, yet. Remember, the new platform was in production for 5 years only.
My personal experience make be believe that it's going to be good.
My 4 year old car has 75K miles on it, but looks and feels just like new. I would not doubt that I can keep it for 200K miles, and that is exactly what I am planning to do.
Apr 13, 2004 (11:03 pm)
My partner has 50,000 miles on his S-80 T-6 with no serious problems. He did crack a headlight lens, and it was $500 to get it fixed.
Apr 14, 2004 (10:27 am)
I want to put this $500 in perspective.
My wife drives 1998 Mazda MPV All sport. It has dealer installed "custom" fog lights.
The lens on one of them is broken, and I was quoted $300 (parts and labor) to replace these fog lights, as we could not find just the replacement lens.
So, my wife is still driving with the broken fog light.
#1538 of 2415 Deal is done...now just waiting.
Apr 14, 2004 (4:54 pm)
I just closed a deal for an '04 S80 T6. Nautic Blue/Taupe with climate pkg, upgraded stereo, bixenons, and 4C chassis. Car is being ordered from Sweden, expected arrival is June. MSRP $49,005. My price before TTL $41,505. $7500 off MSRP, I think I did OK. Did I? Great car at a good price. Now the waiting begins!
Apr 14, 2004 (8:53 pm)
You did pretty good on the deal. You should love the car.
#1540 of 2415 Cooling Fan Drains Battery
Apr 17, 2004 (7:40 pm)
2000 S80 2.9 - I drove the car for about 1 hour in highway traffic. When I got out of the car i noticed the cooling fan was running. This is normal, for about 6 minutes or so, to cool down the engine. After more than 3 hours I came back to a dead battery. The cooling fan was still running, although very faint. When trying to jump the battery the cooling fan came on immediately, at full blast. The engine was not warm at this point. We had to disconnect the fan in order to get a sufficient enough charge to turn over the motor. The car ran fine all the way home, but I disconnected the fan after parking for the night.
I've seen other posts on the subject, but none where the fan actually drained the battery. Could this be a thermostat problem or is the fan shot?
#1541 of 2415 Re: Cooling Fan Drains Battery [waustin2 #1540]
Apr 17, 2004 (11:10 pm)
I have exactly the same problem, and a dealer has replaced the fan.
It was done under the warranty.
#1542 of 2415 Re: Cooling Fan Drains Battery [waustin2 #1540] [lev_berkovich #1541]
Apr 18, 2004 (11:58 am)
I'll take it in tomorrow morning to get it checked out. Does anyone know if the cooling fans are faulty? After I finish this post I'll try to find past service bulletins on the subject, I recall reading a few in regards to the cooling fans. Also, could a blown fuse or a sensor malfunction cause the fan to blow forever? I don't want the dealer to just replace the fan and not address the true problem. Unfortunately, I've had a few bad experiences with lazy dealer mechanics who fixed the symptoms but left me with the problems to address with subsequent visits (and additional labor charges).
#1543 of 2415 Re: Cooling Fan Drains Battery [waustin2 #1540] [lev_berkovich #1541] [waustin2 #1542]
Apr 18, 2004 (3:02 pm)
In my case it was other way around. I have brought the car in because of the drained battery, to replace one, but a dealer did the thorough (I hope) check and has determined that it was the faulty fan, so instead of paid battery replacement I've got free (under the warranty) fan replacement.
Nevertheless, six month later I had to replaced the battery too, just before the fourth anniversary.
#1544 of 2415 Re: New vs. Old [mcoz #1533] [lev_berkovich #1535]
Apr 18, 2004 (4:27 pm)