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Volvo S80, Sedan
Apr 25, 2004 (9:19 pm)
How about a 2001 certified pre-owned. I was thinking of getting one.
Look at this example (actuall for sale at Volvo dealers in SoCal) of price difference between two certificaed PreOwned S-80s with about the same number of miles.
2000 S80 2.9 A SR 26,162 $21,995
2003 S80 2.9 A SR 19,010 $29,640
It would seem to me the 2000 year S-80 is a great deal over the 2003. Why would one pay the $7500 difference?
Apr 26, 2004 (8:24 am)
Much better electronics on 2003, esp the throttle unit. Also, suspension bushings were improved. Body moldings match the car color, no more gray.
Engine retuned to provide more low end torque. Car is faster at city speeds than before.
Longer warranty w/ 2003.
#1559 of 2415 "Varnished " Throttle -2000 S80
Apr 26, 2004 (9:40 am)
This problem has cropped up for the second time in less than one year. The first time I was left stranded, the second time I was proactive and took the car in when I started recognizing the signs. Although the car is still in warranty (less than 30,000 miles) I was told that the factory only pays for this problem once and now I am on my own. Is this a common problem for Volvo or the S80? Also, I cannot get a staight answer as to what might cause this problem and if there are ways to avoid it. Thank you.
#1560 of 2415 RE:"Varnished " Throttle -2000 S80
Apr 27, 2004 (5:28 am)
Lots of folks, including me, have never seen this problem. I have a 2002 and a close friend has a 2000 S80 t6. The friend's is a short tripper with 55k. Are you using brand name hi test gas with good detergent levels? Are you using Mobil-1 or Amsoil and changing oil in tune with driving style. The varnish is probably coming from the oil and the gas could help clean it however the gas does not pass thru the throttle so oil fumes recycled by the PCV system are my main suspect. Gas which works its way into the oil could be a factor. Amsoil claims low oil volatility which may be helping. It would help us all to know if "pampering" a little prevents this problem. This problem may be the best argument for synthetic oils. P.S. I am NOT an Amsoil dealer, just a happy customer.
#1561 of 2415 RE: "Varnished " Throttle -2000 S80
Apr 27, 2004 (8:11 am)
I don't exactly know what problems you have, but as long as it's covered under the factory warranty, it should and will be fixed by the dealer. Over the years, I noticed that many Volvo dealers hire the worst junks in the street. They don't know what they are talking about. If you are unsure about the warranty, you may get a better answer by calling Volvo's 800 number instead of asking the dealers.
#1562 of 2415 $5,000 DEALER INCENTIVE
Apr 27, 2004 (12:06 pm)
According to Automotive News, Volvo has a $5,000 dealer incentive on the S80 through April 30.
#1563 of 2415 Repair/Maintenance manual for the S80
Apr 27, 2004 (3:10 pm)
I'd like to DIY on the basic maintenance (like oil/filter change, etc) of my 99 S80 2.9. Does anyone know of any Bentley or other maintenance manual I can get for my S80?
I looked around but didn't find anything.
Apr 27, 2004 (3:14 pm)
My business partner has an 01 s80 t6 with 55,000-miles . no varnish yet.
Apr 27, 2004 (3:21 pm)
What are the symptoms?
I have 75100 miles on mine 2000 S80 2.9 and no signs of any performance degradation. I use premium gas, but from the different sources, including generic Costco brand, but had all the services from the Volvo dealership, if this matters.
Apr 27, 2004 (5:45 pm)
is only on the T6 model.