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Volvo S80, Engine
Sep 23, 2002 (2:18 pm)
Hmm, sounds like a lemon.
Sep 23, 2002 (6:04 pm)
Well, not so fast here. I heard "3 problems in 50K miles".
Now the trans is inexcusable, okay, one big demerit
The gas gauge, well, just about any car made can fart one time electronically.
The leather seats might have been a lack of instruction on Volvo's part to owner's on how to properly take care of leather. Lots of people really don't know and damage the interiors unknowingly. If the leather is allowed to dry, it will scrape and crack like nobody's business.
Of course, leathers come in different grades, and I don't think Volvo uses top, top grade--but it should be a decent grade of hide. If it comes from Scandanavia, their hides look great and dress great because they don't use barbed wire but sometimes they aren't so durable. I owned three Saabs and all the leathers went to hell, but that was older stuff than yours, too.
Sep 23, 2002 (7:13 pm)
Maybe Saab and Volvo didn't use the finest leather back in the day.
Oct 21, 2002 (9:28 pm)
Since I have so much experience with the S80 problems, I feel that I can tell you this. GET OUT NOW! Seriously though, I just had my radiator replaced at <40,000 miles. I also rec'd low radiator fluid warnings. Three weeks after they replaced it though, I overheated and rec'd a "STOP CAR" message about a half mile from home. I barely chugged home and refilled the coolant. I brought it back in (1 1/2 hours round trip) and they said that there was an air gap in the hose that caused the most recent problem. I have zero faith in this car, so we'll see where I break down next???
Oct 22, 2002 (6:01 am)
The leather in my 740 looks great after 14 years, and I don't have a garage. I imagine the previous owner did. I regularly use Zymol cleaner and protectant (two separate products) on the seats, though.
#10 of 44 Service Message
Nov 03, 2002 (3:51 pm)
I 'd like to have my oil changed by a less expensive service provider then the dealer.
Does anyone know the "trick" to turning off the the service message?
Assuming I can take my S80 in for major service intervals makes more sense to me.
I have 15,100 miles on my S80 and took it in for the 7,500.
I don't see the point in spending nearly one hundred bucks for what is basically an oil change.
#12 of 44 windshield wipers
Nov 07, 2002 (12:32 pm)
I need to replace the windshield wipers on my '99 S80. Went to the auto store, the in-store computer matched me up with (supposedly) the correct wipers - but they are not as wide as the (original) ones on the car. Also, I note that the two wipers are of different sizes ...
Does anyone know what wipers work as replacements ??? Thanks.
Nov 08, 2002 (9:22 am)
Get your wipers at the dealer. They cost a bit more but they fit and are of decent quality. This is one of those items where the dealer is your best shot. The big chain stores make lots of mistakes, and even if they don't, sometimes their products are substandard quality. Last thing you want is a nice big scrape mark on your windshield, which is NOT cheap to fix on your car.
#14 of 44 Volvo 740T Station Wagon
Nov 11, 2002 (9:58 am)
Hi. Can anybody offer me some advice? I am thinking of purchasing 1991 740 station wagon. It looks in good shape. Has 144k miles on it. I am concerned after reading so many bad things about Volvo. I thought they were reliable cars.
I dont have alot of money to invest in maintenance or upgrades. Any advice on this or a better station wagon? thanks much!