2003 Volvo S80 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Volvo S80

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2003 Volvo S80 Problems

Transmission Shifting Issues Due to Internal Failure and/or Software Issues

The automatic transmission may develop shifting problems and/or the Check Engine Light may illuminate due to internal component failure and/or software issues. It is always best to be sure the transmission control module has the latest software installed when any major transmission repair is performed.

Abnormal Noise From Front Suspension Due to Worn Control Arm Bushings

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.

 

The Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) Warning Light May Illuminate

The anti-lock brake system (ABS) warning light and/or other dash warning lights may illuminate due to a failed ABS Control Module. Replacement of the failed module is generally required to correct this concern.

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2003 Volvo S80 Recalls

Volvo Recalls Garmin 760 Portable GPS-Equipped Vehicles Due to Overheating Battery

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.

Vehicles in Warm Weather Climates May Develop a Fuel Leak

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.

Recall 03V284000
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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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 danger...
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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