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#873 of 2415 RE: #837 You Make The Call - Did I Get A Lemon???
Mar 05, 2002 (12:57 pm)
Sorry to hear of your problems - but I'm not surprised. Back in the Fall of 1999 when I was in the search for an S80, I was very close to buying from Volvo of Richardson. However, after my experiences with them, I vowed that I would NEVER set foot in their dealership again. I believe that the salesman and sales manager (at the time) were less than honest in their dealings with me. I ended up buying my car at Autobaun Motorcars in Ft. Worth - a very positive experience.
#874 of 2415 Volvo of Richardson - Stay Away
Mar 05, 2002 (3:13 pm)
You make a good point, I wish I never had dealt with them either. In fact, I took my car to Point West Volvo in Irving. They said I needed new strut plates and some recall A/C filter (?), and also changed my battery which they said was 100% covered, and at the end told me they were mistaken and I had to pay for it!
I starting to get the feeling I should have stuck with Lexus. I love the S80 but the dealerships are killing my enthusiam for them. I will have to try Autobaun Motorcars next time. I take it they are an authorized Volvo dealer?
By the way, I am getting no where with corporate Volvo either. They are pretty much blowing me off, I guess the Ford ownership is showing up now.
#875 of 2415 S80 Spark Plug Change
Mar 06, 2002 (6:28 am)
I've been away from this board for a while. I have been doing my own maintenance on my 2000 S80 T6, and have had no problems. I just changed the plugs at 38K miles.. for no other reason than the book indicates every 30K miles. I called Volvo, they wanted $40 for 6 plugs. After inquiring with a few different people, I decided to put in Autolite's AP3923.. a platinum plug. Cost $2.00 each, and I get a 60 cent / plug rebate.. woopie, $3.60 back!! but I'll take it. Does anyone reading this KNOW (not guess) of any reason why Volvo plugs should be used? I ran my car a few miles last night and there was no sign of issues.
I will mention, that under the VOLVO plastic plug cover are the wires covered by a plastic covering.. and this plastic covering is decomposing fast due to heat (I assume). If you have over 40K miles on your car, you may want to pull the plastic cover and check for yourself. I will replace much of this soon.
Mar 06, 2002 (7:20 am)
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#877 of 2415 new to club-Hello!
Mar 06, 2002 (11:09 am)
My wife and purchased a S80 T6 executive about a month ago and have been very pleased so far. I started research about three years ago on V70. Looking for a family car I thought. My wife, being the primary driver couldn't see herself in a wagon. We planned on getting a S70 until she saw a S80 on the lot. My question is are there any S80 owners with new families? We have a 5 month old and right now are using towels under the carseat to protect the leather. Any other ideas? Also, road trip to Bloomington, IN this weekend. Anyone with the nav sys have trouble in a city not on Navtech CD ROM system? Just want to know if I'll need the ol'map too. Thanks in advance. I ROLL WITH STRENGTH.
Mar 06, 2002 (5:21 pm)
I bought a liner from Toys R Us. It covers the back of the seat, the seat, and then drapes down with pockets. Can never have too many pockets when transporting babies. It is waterproof, and has a felt backing that contacts the leather. Although I bought it at ToysRUs, I'm sure you can find it most anywhere. Although I have a Volvo S80 T6 (that's why I'm here), I use the liner in the mini van. It has worked well so far.
#879 of 2415 RE: #840 Volvo of Richardson - Stay Away by sampate
Mar 07, 2002 (8:10 am)
While living in the Dallas area, I researched ALL of the area Volvo dealerships. My initial encounter was with Volvo of Richardson (VOR). Not good, as noted in my earlier posting. I then checked out Point West in Irving. I didn't get a "warm fuzzy" feeling from them. They just didn't seem interested in me, so maybe I didn't feel interested in them. There was another Volvo dealer down "in Dallas" - don't recall the name. They moved their operations to ~ I-35E and Trinity Mills. They seemed nice - my only concern was that the salesman that I had dealt with at VOR was now working at this dealership! I then contacted Autobahn in Ft. Worth. I talked with their sales manager (Ken Neal). Ken's a REALLY nice guy, and has a great connection with their service department (i.e. made things happen for me). Yes, Autobahn is an authorized Volvo facility. I wouldn't hesitate dealing with them again for another Volvo, except for the fact that I've since moved to Tucson, AZ. Good luck in whatever you choose to do.
#880 of 2415 Kinda sad.....
Mar 07, 2002 (8:27 am)
that Volvo has forgotten what customer service is all about. In a "niche" market you would think they'd be more cognizant of taking care of customers. Had the same problem here in San Antonio - 1 dealer and I wasn't driving all over Texas to find another. So, after 19 yrs, I no longer own a Volvo (and am quite happy!). Volvo of America was equally unconcerned. Sent them a letter and never got a response - so much for good customer relations. To add icing to the cake, Volvo's reliability has "gone south" the past 3-4 yrs.
A sad story............
#881 of 2415 '01T6- 14K- all Good!
Mar 11, 2002 (3:47 pm)
I am sorry to say that I am happy with my 2001 T6. While I wish I could join the chorus of woe on this board...I just can't. No mechanical problems, good deal, fine service (Garden State Volvo, Wall, NJ). Car is fast, safe, comfortable and gets 25MPG plus on hiway. I would recommend this car to anyone, except someone who expects absolute perfection from a mechanical object that takes a beating every day in harsh conditions...and then, I wouldn't recommend anything.
My 99 S70 was also virtually flawless, save for the headlight bulb thing.
#882 of 2415 00 2.9 33,000 miles--All good!
Mar 12, 2002 (6:00 pm)
Ditto to '01T6-all Good! My 2000 model 2.9 has had no problems other than one burned out headlight. This is my first Volvo. It's a joy to drive...and maintain!