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2003 Volvo S80

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2003 Volvo S80 Problems

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

Front upper strut mounts may wear prematurely, resulting in loud noise from the front of the vehicle when going over bumps.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

Many complaints have been reported regarding Volvo S80 transmission shifting issues. Long shift times between gear shifts, hard shifting, hard downshifting and a loss of transmission operation all together to name a few.
If the issue is minor, a transmission software update may address this issue so if available, the software should be updated before any repairs are made. After a software update or repair, the shift adaptation needs...

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

The front control arm bushings wear out, resulting in alignment issues and squeaking and/or knocking noises from the front end. Worn bushings will require replacement.
 

Brakes -- Verified

There have been reports of a failed ABS Control Module causing the ABS and Check Engine warning lights to illuminate. Repair or replacement of the failed module will be required to correct this issue.

Engine -- Verified

Engine oil leaks from the PCV housing and turbocharger oil return line seals have been reported.

2003 Volvo S80 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., December 19, 2003

Summary: CERTAIN PASSENGER CARS FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 225, "CHILD RESTRAINT ANCHORAGE SYSTEMS." THE SECOND ISOFIX GUIDE WAS NOT INSTALLED IN THESE VEHICLES AND, IN CERTAIN CASES, THE OWNER┬┐S MANUAL ISOFIX INFORMATION IS INCORRECT.

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Electrical & Lights, November 5, 2010

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Volvo is recalling all models equipped with Garmin 760 Portable Global Positioning System units because the battery may overheat, which could lead to a fire. Volvo advises owners to stop using the Garmin device immediately and consult the Garmin website to determine if they have a defective unit. The unit's battery will be replaced and a spacer inserted to prevent the problem from reoccurring. This will be performed free of charge.

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Engine, January 15, 2010

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When exposed to certain environmental conditions (hot climate and temperature cycling) over time and in combination with varying fuel quality, the fuel pump can develop cracks in the fuel pump flange. If cracks develop, a fuel smell and/or leak may be noted. Any fuel leak always increases the risk of a fire. Dealers will inspect and replace the fuel pump as necessary to correct this concern. The Volvo recall number is R220.

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2003 Volvo S80 Questions and Answers

atldriver, 2003 Volvo S80, Atlanta, GA

How much should it cost to replace the transmission on a 2003 Volvo S80 turbo in Atlanta?

C_Duece, 2003 Volvo S80, Turbo, Woodbridge, VA

The radiator fan is running continuously even when the car is cold. Looks like a relay or thermostat is bad but i would like to be sure.

honeytigger, 2003 Volvo S80, Turbo, Mililani, HI

Where is the Automatic Transmission Fluid refill cap so I may put more transmission fluid in the car?

krnk33, 2003 Volvo S80, Louisville, KY

I have recently gotten the oil changed...which gets changed every 3000 miles... i have bought a new right front tire..what regular service could be required?

I bought this car used about 7 month...

Visitor, 2003 Volvo S80, 2.8L 6 Cylinder Turbo, Chicago, IL

Model is a 2003 s80 t6

The problem is the drive side zon lamp (main driving lamp only) randomly turns off. I have replaced several lamps, wire brushed the connectors, ever Chicago Volvo mechanic ...

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2003 Volvo S80 Reviews

Poor suspension rough for a "luxury" car, but at the same time it sways and bottoms out too much (does not fill solid)even though tires are Michelin factory installed type and rating and are kept at recommended pressure)
at 79 K miles transmission trouble
at 45 K miles front end noise when going over speed bumps or road dips; dealer (Tampa, Florida Volvo dealer) said nothing wrong; not dangerous; keep driving; now at 79K miles extended warranty is up and I find out this is not uncommon for Volvo and should have been fixed then while under extended warranty; do not buy from or use service at the Tampa, Florida dealership

Great car! Always wanted one and since i got it I would never think about buying another!

Long list of repairs, too long to repeat here. It tires me out just thinking about it!

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