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#1749 of 2415 Looking at S80 AWD, coming from Audi A6 Quattro and E320 AWD
Dec 25, 2004 (5:26 pm)
Due to lots of miles on our A6 AWD and E320 4-matic, we are in market and wondering if we should give S80 AWD a look.
From the Edmunds overview and the postings, It seems that the S80 is a good value, comfortable but will be a bit softer in terms of handling than the Audi in particular. How does S80 behave on winding roads, or emergency maneurvers? Also any experience in comparing Volvo AWD with tried and true Audi in snow and ice?
DSTC equiv comes standard on the other cars, but apparently I can only get it on the 2005 AWD with the "run flat" package, whose tires I am not particularly crazy about (harsh ride). Anybody have experience with handling charactaristics above or experience with run flat or if there is another way to get DSTC (which I consider very important) without getting the run flats package? Thanks!
#1750 of 2415 Re: Looking at S80 AWD, coming from Audi A6 Quattro and E320 AWD [kino]
Dec 27, 2004 (8:37 am)
DSTC is available as a stand alone option.
The S80 is going to behave more like a Mercedes and less like a BMW or Audi.
The Haldex system is fabulous, much better than the Quattro system. In fact, Audi uses the Haldex system for the TT.
#1751 of 2415 Re: S80 transmission manufacturer [patty2]
Jan 01, 2005 (2:27 pm)
I'm new to the 1999 S80 T6, but feel like Patty
I picked it up at $38,000 miles for what I think was a fair price: $14,500. I thought at that price I could afford a few bills.
Now at $48,000 miles, My electrical system seems to be acting up: The blinkers don't work, along with the doors and message center. I'm taking it in Monday. Anyone experience this? Should I run back to the Toyota Camry's I was comfortable with?
It's such a great looking, comfortable car, but seeing some of the messages I am wondering if I should just cut my losses now.
#1752 of 2415 Re: cut my losses now? [badgers]
Jan 01, 2005 (4:53 pm)
Camrys are thoroughly reliable, uninspiring, and predictable transportation devices.
If you're considering dumping your S80 after one problem in 10K, then it doesn't sound like you're willing to tolerate even one more.
Toyota-thon ends January 3.
#1753 of 2415 Re: cut my losses now? [heywood1]
Jan 02, 2005 (7:47 am)
After 10 years of "problem free" experiences, the
possible problems scare me. Are some of these things preventable or is just a matter of time?
You are right on Camrys. Point A to Point B problem free and uninspiring. The S80 is more of a driving experience.
#1754 of 2415 Re: S80 transmission manufacturer [badgers]
Jan 02, 2005 (8:23 am)
I have an 2000 S80 T6 with 76000 miles on it. I purchased the extended warranty from Volvo as the car approached the end of its factory warranty. It has been a good investment for us anyway ($100 deductible). My wife and I still enjoy driving our S80 today (it still feels / drives great). If you plan on keeping the car, you may want to look into the extended warranty as the S80 can be expensive to repair once out of warranty. We will definitely keep the car until it approaches its 100K end of warranty mileage milestone, but we may keep it even longer then that. This is our 2nd Volvo.
BTW - I looked at the Toyota Avalon in 2000 when I was shopping for a new car; it just wasn't very interesting to drive which is why I opted for the S80 T6. I'm happy with my decision.
#1755 of 2415 Re: cut my losses now? [badgers]
Jan 02, 2005 (10:07 am)
'99 was first--and by far the worst--year for the S80. You might consider a newer, Certified Used one with an extended warranty. I doubt your current '99 will qualify for any extended warranty at this point.
#1757 of 2415 re: 1146 Navigation System? [mrjaws999]
Jan 03, 2005 (11:48 am)
Hi Lee, I too have the CD NAV system in my 99 S80. I'm having a problem with the system not being able to change between map discs without giving a message to reinsert the cartridge. When I do this it reloads the 3 discs I have and seems to work o.k. Have you ever heard of this problem?
Have you updated your maps? If so, how? Thanks, Eric S.
#1758 of 2415 re: 1146 Navigation System? [esommer]
Jan 07, 2005 (2:48 am)
I updated my 2000 S80 nav system CDs directly from the mfr since my local dealer at the time did not have more recent CDs.
Personally, I've not driven out of one CD into another, so I don't have any experience with the message you are talking about.