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Volvo S80, Suspension, Sedan
#2 of 30 Re: S 80 Suspension [cchase17]
Jun 29, 2007 (4:30 pm)
Yes, I have the same problem with my 2001 volvo s80 t6 with 77k miles, among others which I resolved before. I hear the same noise and I just heard it about 1/2 hour ago as I drove back home. I had replaced everything (struts, sway bar links, control arm bushings)which the dealer said could possibly cause the noise but they can't say what it is exactly. I'm frustrated with this vehicle, it's all been repairs and money out the door. Volvo is the worst vehicle ever. It's nothing close to BMW or Jaguar or Lexus. It shouldn't even be referred to as a luxury vehicle. Good luck fixing the problems. It's most likely to be the control arm bushings or sway bar links.
#3 of 30 Suspension/ check brake light
Jul 06, 2007 (7:34 am)
Just recently my 2001 S80 has started to make numerous noises around car. The car has 79,000 miles on it. I suspect its suspension related. Bought car used. No warranty. This will be a hip pocket national bank repair. If anyone knows of type of repair I am looking at, please share. (Springs, bushings, rings???) The brake light is some faulty wiring somewhere. 1st. time I went ahead and replaced bulbs. Now the the light come and goes. It's a constant reminder that the car has an electrical issue. This should be a recalled item because my car is not the only Volvo I have heard this complaint with. At this point, Wife and I are selling this car. I have a child and I can't trust this car.
#4 of 30 Re: Suspension/ check brake light [tap7]
Aug 21, 2007 (10:58 am)
I'm new here; found this thread by searching for S80 suspension problems. My 2000 S80 2.4 (98k miles) has had numerous suspension noises. One was cured by replacing the rear shock absorbers.
But this time the noise is coming from the front - every time the car sets off from rest. The local garage (I'm using a local guy as my dealer is a long way from here) thought it was an engine mounting bush. Well this hasn't fixed it. So I've suggested the front shock absorbers - we'll see if that fixes it.
It's clearly a common problem. At http://www.volvo-forums.com/index.php?showtopic=7763&hl=suspension someone suggests a torn strut mount. But the garage say they've checked all that stuff. So I'm hoping the shock absorbers will do the trick.
Any updates on your problems?
#5 of 30 suspension problems again and again
Sep 17, 2007 (7:00 am)
I have a 2000 S80 with 58k miles. I have had to replace the struts (S80s do not have shock absorbers) at a cost of $350 apiece, the control arm $1500 and just started hearing the noise again in the front. I just did the control arm 9 months ago. I hope this is the $350 problem. I was told that the roads in Pittsburgh are so bad that they cause this problem - nothing the manufacturer will correct for. However, the car is paid for - still cheaper to repair than buy a new one.
#6 of 30 Clunking noise
Oct 12, 2007 (1:45 am)
I have a 2005 S80 T6, and it only has around 9K miles. I also hear clunking noises. The only time I hear the noise is when I go over bumps or if I go around a corner. I can hear it in the front of the car on the driver's side. The thing is, it doesn't do it all the time, but I would like to have it checked out before the warrenty expires. Does anyone know exactly what it is? The car is only 2 years old, and it's still under warrenty. When I first heard the noise, it sounded like my tire was going to fall off.
#7 of 30 Re: Clunking noise [minimoo]
Jan 02, 2008 (12:18 pm)
Mine is a 2004 S80 bought with 47k miles. I constantly hear rattling in the rear and the left front makes a loud noise when I make a slow, sharp (parkling lot) turn to the left. I tried a $500 bearing fix recommended by a garage and it helped some but it remains. This car is very frustrating. Plus I am replacing a lot of bulbs so I seem to have a car like many others; very expensive to own and operate.
#8 of 30 Re: Clunking noise [jliberatore]
Jan 07, 2008 (6:50 am)
Having the exact same problem and at the same mileage point. Also losing coolant. If you find out any thing about this please let me know. Thanks!
#9 of 30 Re: Clunking noise [madhurao1]
Jan 08, 2008 (2:32 pm)
Ugggg, I"m loosing coolant too. Not alot but enough for the warning to come up in the messages window. Then I just add some to the overflow and its good for a couple of months. I can't see any leaks on my garage floor when I park it. And I'm still hearing the clunking noises. The dealer says my shocks and struts are fine. I'm frustrated.
#10 of 30 Clunking Clunker
Mar 13, 2008 (2:12 am)
99 Volvo S80 T6. Bought and shipped to Korea when a U.S. contractor there. I probably had the 3rd or 4th S80 ever shipped to Korea so was quite pleased to be driving what was a unique eye-catcher at the time and nothing on the road could keep up with the T6 power. HOWEVER, in 3 years had the front strut bushings replaced 4 times, a control arm replaced once, the water pump once, the injector throttle body cleaned 3 times and other stuff done that I lost track of. Since it was under warranty a some of this was at no cost to me, but it was painful to be in the Volvo shop about every 6-9 months. The Korean staff was Volvo trained and certified and the facility managed by a Swede (imported from Sweden of course). So they knew what they were doing and did a good job. The 3rd time I had it in for front strut bushings the Korean service manager told me the front end was actually a design from one of the other, earlier volvo models and it was not robust enough to handle the weight of the car and engine. Made sense to me then and still makes sense to me now. The front end can't handle the normal wear and tear that a bumpy road throws at it and it beats itself apart over time. I used to think the poorly maintained Korean roads was a prime culprit but I have had the car in the U.S. for over two years and just replaced a number of front suspension parts again. With the S80, beauty is only skin deep. As soon as I settle some other debts I am getting rid of it, hopefully before it drags me to the shop again.
#11 of 30 problem with the Volvo sedans
May 03, 2008 (5:54 pm)
Hi all, I have a Volvo S80 T6 with 80k on it and have had numerous problems: engine cooling fan just went out for the 3rd time, also loosing coolant, again. Front suspention has made a bad noise since we bought it in 2001, with only 100 miles on it, and has gotten progessively worse. There have been 5 recalls on the vehicle. In your search engine, type in "recall Volvo S80" and it will display several sites, click on the autobuyguide.com and you will see the recalls on the vehicle (or any other for that matter). I've already tried getting my car fixed using the recalls, but Volvo Corp pretty much said "too bad for you". The recalls are expired, and the rep also said, "there is normal wear on a vehicle". I am disappointed with Volvo Corp as they have not been willing to stand behind their product (as I assume any car mfg is) so what does one buy to get a good quality vehicle from a company that will stand behind it's car. I have liked the kick this car has, but am tired of the problems, and refuse to put any more money into fixing it... going to sell it, or trade it in for something else. Vicki - Reseda, CA