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Volvo S80, Sedan
#2371 of 2415 Re: Replacement Battery for 2001 S80 2.9 T6 [woodinva]
May 08, 2010 (9:31 am)
I have good news for anyone looking for a reasonably priced battery for an S80.
You can get a two year battery at O'Reilly Automotive made by Interstate (the company that makes the battery Volvo and Lincoln sell) for $98 plus tax.
Since all I wanted to do was get the car running so that I could get rid of it that was perfect.
Thanks for your reply though. I wouldn't have know about this, but a friend of mine is a former Volvo mechanic and still works on them. He always knows how to get around Volvo's insane prices where possible.
#2372 of 2415 V 8 engine problems and extended warranties
May 12, 2010 (3:11 pm)
Just curious if anyone with a V 8 has had any problems with the engine and what peoples experience has been re: extended warranties.
I am at 40K miles and 3 years on warranty and am thinking about the future. Since I really love the car and would like to keep it for a good bit I am peering ahead to see if I should consider other options.
Any advice from out there in the ether??
#2373 of 2415 Coolant is disappearing
Jun 01, 2010 (2:24 pm)
I have just purchased 2- 2000 t6's. one with 85,000 & the other with 160.000 miles. Both had very detailed service records. I'm currently "shaking" down any issues needing attention.
The number one problem I'm facing is loss of coolant in both cars under the same driving tests. I have checked the oil dip sticks and can't detect any coolant in the oil (which is fresh).
I am going to do the timing, and accessory belts/pulley's, water pump, thermostat & gasket on both cars just to be safe.
What else should I check to stop these coolant problems?
Thanks in advance for any suggestions....
#2374 of 2415 Warranty warning
Jun 28, 2010 (4:27 pm)
I thought I would be smart when I bought an extended warranty from Warranty Gold for my 2001 Volvo S80. I bought the car used and I didn't want to chance a large repair bill. I love my car and I haven't needed to use the extended warranty until very recently. Well, I apparently waited too long between a slightly early oil change and a slightly delayed oil change (9000 miles) that enabled the warranty to be denied for an electrical part replacement to be paid. I had a failed alarm siren that caused my flashers to engage after I locked the car.
The service department told me that this was the first time that they had needed to send in my service records for any of the 180 extended warranty programs that they work with here in Seattle. And they were as astonished as I was that an electrical part was not covered because of an oil change. I spent $2200 but the $347 was disallowed.
I hope all of you are more careful.
#2375 of 2415 Re: Warranty warning [puzzled13]
Aug 12, 2010 (10:16 pm)
It sounds from your experience that the extended warranty is a real rip-off.
Anyone concerned that Volvo is now a Red Chinese company?
What is that going to do for quality moving forward? I think that just about everything I ever bought that was made in Red China has been the absolute worst junk I have ever experienced from electronics to shoes to dog food and everything in between! Absolute trash!
#2376 of 2415 Re: Warranty warning [priggly]
Aug 13, 2010 (7:46 am)
Do people really still say Red China?
China is a country that can manufacture to whatever specification you want. If you want cheap, they will build cheap. If you want quality, they will build quality.
As for Volvo, I see this as an opportunity for Volvo to get the financing they need to stay competitive. I doubt we'll see Volvo's become cheapened as they have a certain stature to maintain. The plan is for Volvos for consumption outside of China to made in Sweden and Belgium as they are today. Volvos for the Chinese market will be made in China as it has become the world's largest auto market.
You will see Chinese made components in Volvos - just like in every brand sold in the United States. That's just a fact of the marketplace.
#2377 of 2415 BRAKE LIGHTS NOT WORKING
Sep 13, 2010 (4:31 pm)
My rear brake lights stopped working yesterday; I replaced the 2 (1156) bulbs but same problem. I checked the other bulbs but they seem ok; I cannot drive until I get this problem fixed. Is there a fuse/sensor that controls rear brakes?
Many thanks for any help.
#2378 of 2415 Re: Warranty warning [robr2]
Sep 18, 2010 (11:51 pm)
Yes, there are those of us who do not have short memories that still realize, despite its so-called "free economic zones," that China is indeed still Red.
As for quality, I have yet to see ANY product from there that was not grossly inferior to non-Chinese counterparts, whether it is electronics, clothing, pet food, window fasteners, children's toys, and on and on. Not only are their goods inferior but many of them are downright dangerous, i.e. toxic - pet food, toys, etc. I see no reason why their cars should not also be inferior and defective.
Volvo is running a BIG risk in coming under the umbrella of the "People's Republic." I know I would not touch a Volvo with a ten foot pole.
The fact that there are Chinese components in all or nearly all new cars may be the reason that Subaru Outbacks have steering issues, BMW 5 series cars are pulling to the right, Hyundai Santa Fes have defective transmissions, etc. The more Red Chinese made parts in the car, the more likely there will be mechanical problems.
As a case in point, I just had the brake shoes and rotors changed on my Subaru Outback. I was told the brake rotors were all now being made in Red China and they were JUNK. They could be expected to last far shorter lives than rotors made five or ten years ago which were of far better metallurgy than the junky Chinese rotors. The service technician actually used the work "junk" when referring to them. He said they were so bad they could not even be machined once and had to be replaced with new units when they warped, which could be expected to be experienced much sooner than with older, quality rotors.
So, yes, there is plenty of evidence that Red Chinese car parts are inferior and I dare say consequently that the more of these parts a car has nowadays the more likely it is to give its owners mechanical problems before very long.
Sep 20, 2010 (7:49 am)
Well then I say blame Subaur for specifying and accepting those inferior parts.
As I said, a company can specify the level of quality that is built into their product. My company sells lots of Chinese as well as Korean, India, Mexican, European and American made products.
Some of it is junk and some of it is excellent (no matter the country source) . It all depends on what the brand has specified and what the consumer demanded. Unfortuntantely, it's the latter that typically drives quality down. We as consumer want products as cheap as possible and we are willing to accept whatever junk is handed to us. Blame it on Wal-Mart and Home Depot.