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#923 of 2415 Volvo Dealers in the Queens, New York Area
Apr 20, 2002 (7:16 pm)
Can anyone from the Queens/Nassau County area recommend a Volvo dealership? I bought the car at Emet Motors, but to get to that part of town is rather inconvenient and the area around the dealership is always congested. I haven't had the car long enough to know if the service department is good or not, but would rather go through less stress when it is time to have it serviced.
BTW, is it normal to feel the car shifting into gear when you first start to accelerate? I always feel the transmission shifting at this point in my 2002 S80 2.9.
Thanks for your input.
#924 of 2415 Jumped in
Apr 23, 2002 (2:56 pm)
Pushed over by current 3K incentives on 2002 S80's (so you can get for below original invoice price)
hope the reliability issues arent so bad this year, love the car.
#925 of 2415 software update didn't work :(
Apr 25, 2002 (5:47 am)
My dealership updated the software on my transmission; however, much to my disappointment, it did not fix my "shuttering and vibration" problems. It is an intermitten problem when the car shifts from 1st to 2nd, and is more pronounced from 2nd to 3rd gears.
My dealership is Mooer's Volvo in Richmond, Virginia. They gave me a loaner car, even offered to pick up my car and bring the loaner to my home. They updated the software on my transmission free of charge...after some haggling. My car was washed when I went to pick it up. Overall, their customer service was excellent.
Then on the way home...the vibration in the transmission happened again...now they think that they have expended all possiblities...so it looks like a new transmission for my 1999 S80.
#926 of 2415 Volvo S80 Woes
Apr 26, 2002 (8:58 am)
I have a 2001 S80 2.9. Great comfort and looks, and so far (36K miles) engine and drive train reliability perfect. But the suspension system has been problematic. A pesistent "thunk" has significantly lowered my satisfaction with the car. The dealership has been as good as it is possible to be, given that they haven't succeeded in fixing the problem. They have replaced both front ball joints, the right front McPherson strut, both rear stabilizer bars, both rear shocks and the right rear shock mount. Each fix causes the problem to go away for a while, but it reappears, as it has yet again.
The car has blown almost every bulb in front and back. No problems for a while, though because the dealer claims GE has made a more robust bulb.
Thinking of trading it simply due to the embarrassment of taking people in a $40k car that sounds like a 72 Ford.
#927 of 2415 Bye-Bye Volvo
Apr 27, 2002 (5:49 am)
Unloaded my T6 this week after owning it for six months and 5 trips to the dealer for warranty repairs. I thought I got a great deal for a 99 T6 with 18,000 miles for $27,500.00. I had no major problems but it was always something (broken upper motor mount,cracked radiator,mass airflow sensor,abs service light).The dealer gave great service and was always very nice to us. On our last visit my wife asked why so many problems with the car and the service writer held up a fist full of work orders and said most were for S80's and that there would always be problems with the car. The sad part is I really loved the car. The interior was so nice. The seats were the most comfortable I ever sat in in a car. The sound system was nice but poor speaker quality(several were changed under warranty). The engine was also sweet and had loads of thrust above 4000 rpm. We contacted Volvo about the problems we were having and they said that is what the warranty is for. Only problem is that its up in 1 year and then it would be too expensive to own. Extended warranty came up as an issue but with a $100.00 deductible it would not be worth it. We found a 99 Lexus GS 400 at a Lexus dealer and traded the car. He did not want the T6 and gave us $21,500 which is what the brooker would give him. He asked us to take it to Car Max or sell it on our own to get more but looking in the paper and on Edmunds for trade in value I don't think I could of got much more. This was learning and costly 6 months. I lost $6000.00 in value, paid $560.00 a month and paid $485.00 for the 30k service. The car was to go in for the ABS trouble on Thursday but we traded it Wednesday and called the dealer to cancel the service. He asked why we canceled the service and we told him we traded it on a Lexus. He said"You made the right decesion and you will be happy". This is just my $0.02 worth so do your home work before you buy any car.
Apr 27, 2002 (4:03 pm)
when the Volvo service guys are admitting the 1999 S80s numerous problems. At least they are honest, other manufacturers might just say "what problems?", "your car is the exception" (I heard that one about my S90!)...etc
oak4...good luck with the Lexus!
#929 of 2415 Tire Recommendations...
Apr 28, 2002 (8:36 am)
for the 2 '99 S80 drivers left that will be replacing the tires instead of trading the car
in for something else...
The factory Michelin MXMs on my '99 S80 2.9 just
flatted out ( right on schedule, at 34K, just like
the owner's manual says ), so I took the car in to my dealer's tire center for replacements.
I've long been dissatisfied with the S-80's road noise and vibration isolation, particularly over textured roads ( our '01 Passat is vastly quieter ). I've suspected that the factory tires were partially to blame, so I asked the clerk for tires that had lower noise levels and ride comfort.
He put me into some private label Yokohama Avid H-4/V-4 equivalents, called National Ovations. The difference was quite startling. Noise levels, while not significantly different on a noise level meter, were significantly muted and less harsh. Ride comfort was improved. Steering effort was lighter and the irritating S-80 torque steer far diminished. I could not detect any degradation in handling or braking, either wet or dry. A 50K warranty . And all for $480 installed. Replacement Michelins would have run near $700.
I should mention that I don't flog my S80 like a BMW driver would, but I don't just drive it to the store & back for Metamucil, either.
I talked with my service reps about the differences, and they said that the factory put on the Michelins for two reasons: Name, and to make sure that the tires stick really well to improve the handling numbers for the enthusiast mags. The Pilots are really too much tire for the intended use of the S80, which is comfortable executive transport.
So, if there's anyone out there with as many miles on their S80 as I do on mine, look around
carefully for better tire replacements. You'll be pleasantly suprised.
BTW - I really can't complain that much about my '99. There have been a couple of problems with it, but in general it has been trouble free. It was one of the LAST '99s, so had a lot of the rolling improvements made for the '00 model year. Looks like I'll have to keep it for a while, given the horrible aftermarket. But that's OK. Euro delivery took the sting out
On the other hand, when it comes time for a new car, I won't be getting another Volvo. After driving our Passat for a year, it's clear that the top of the mass-market car brands offers more bang for the buck. And that if you really want a luxury car, the traditional names are head and shoulders above the luxowannabes.
#930 of 2415 More Tire Stuff
Apr 29, 2002 (4:39 pm)
2000 T6 with ~35,000 miles. The Michelins died as expected and I just put a set of the (P225/55VR-16) Yokohama Avid V4s on it. After researching, these seemed like the best trade-off for noise/handling. I am very happy with them, and they were significantly cheaper than the Pilots.
I bought them through tirerack.com and had them mounted at a Costco. Tirerack has a nice section on driver comparisons for many different types of tires.
My lease rxpires later this year, and I plan on keeping the car. Best damn seats of any care I've ever driven. The car has been basically trouble-free.
#931 of 2415 S80 Tire Wear V rated tires
Apr 30, 2002 (5:19 am)
Volvo put V rate tires on atr least 17 inch S80 tires which results in 30K wear out if you take care of tires (big tires do waer out quicker but...). There is apparently a not well known service bulletin out saying to put H rated tires to extend tire wear. Just bad luck for those of us that paid for and received bad design match tires. Bad luck since this NOT a performace car. Greart straight away acceleration but that is it. Anyone get any satisfaction from
#932 of 2415 NY/ Queens area Volvo Dealers
Apr 30, 2002 (9:40 am)
Highly recommend Hassel Volvo in Glen Cove - about a 1/2 hour drive from Queens/ Nassau border. Service, expertise, attention, courtesy up to Lexus standards - which was my previous car.