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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.
 

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

The steering wheel module (SWM) stops working, this affects the turn signals, horn, cruise control, and audio buttons on the steering wheel.

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.

Volvo S80 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., December 18, 2006

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The tire pressure and loading information label may be incorrect. This could lead to improper vehicle loading or tire pressures that could result in a tire failure. Dealers will mail the correct label to vehicle owners. This recall is expected to begin on December 18, 2006. The Volvo recall number is 161.

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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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Drive Train, December 29, 2006

Summary: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, A COMBINATION OF THROTTLE POSITIONING SENSOR IRREGULARITIES, A DIRTY THROTTLE HOUSING, AND/OR INEFFICIENT SOFTWARE CALIBRATION MAY CAUSE A WARNING LAMP TO LIGHT AND THE SUBSEQUENT ONSET OF LIMP HOME MODES.

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Engine, November 29, 2004

Summary: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, UNDER CERTAIN OPERATING CONDITIONS, SOME ELECTRIC COOLING FANS MAY OVERHEAT POTENTIALLY CAUSING HEAT DAMAGE AND, IN RARE INSTANCES, A FIRE IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT.

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Suspension & Steering, February 16, 2004

Summary: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE FRONT CONTROL ARMS MAY NOT HAVE BEEN MANUFACTURED CORRECTLY AND, AS A RESULT, THE STUD AND NUT THAT SECURE THE ARM TO THE SPINDLE MAY LOSE THEIR INITIAL AXIAL TENSION. UNDER CERTAIN DRIVING CONDITIONS, THE STEERING MAY BECOME LESS RESPONSIVE AND THE DRIVER MAY EXPERIENCE STEERING WHEEL PLAY.

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Volvo S80 Questions and Answers

charlie122, 1999 Volvo S80, Turbo, Blue Island, IL

I was told to see a dealer, but I was trying to stay away from those prices.

Bibber, 1999 Volvo S80, Turbo, Cherry Hill, NJ

Why does the car sometimes not start unless i pull one or two fuses out then it starts right away? The battery is fine.

Bibber, 1999 Volvo S80, Turbo, Cherry Hill, NJ

When the car does not start it will just crank like it's trying to start, but will not. I pull the Central Electronic Module (Fuse # 32) and then the car will start. When it does not start t...

rraff, 1999 Volvo S80, w/o Turbo, Alto, MI

Dealer says found configuration fault codes in SRS module. Recommends "reload to module". If this does not clear message will have to replace SRS module for approximate cost of $925.00.
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kaye, 1999 Volvo S80, w/o Turbo, Vidor, TX

where can i finda reasonable mechanic in vidor,texas .to do plug replacements

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Volvo S80 Reviews

very nice car I purchased it two yrs. ago at 145,000 miles but recently been having transmission shifting issues. the car seems to not want to shift to second gear rpm just goes up but no acceleration. I had the tranny flushed and filter changed but it still slips. I took it to a transmission shop but they couldn't diagnose the problem because it's intermittent. It slips on the way to the shop then it starts to run fine right before the mechanic hooks the computer to it. Anybody has a remedy for this problem. I'm trying to avoid taking it to the dealer because they are extremely expensive.

Have totaled 238,000 with little to no upsets. Just recently (last Fall) replaced all struts. Car well deserved it after 200K. Mainly been oil and tires and timing belt changes over the years, but just recently have to address a problem with the climate control module which means a serious investment $1200+. Intend on keeping the car because it does perform so well. And prices of new are out of sight. If $1200 is the cost to go another 75-100K I'll ante up. Only complaint I have is with expiring bulbs.

What a lemon, alternator replacement for $2000, battery replacement, oil seal replacement for $2250, steering lock problem and the list goes on but when it work's... that v8 sounds and performs reallllllly good

2001 S-80 T-6 Exec Model. Replaced Tranny under warranty at around 80k miles; when warranty expried at 100k, so did the engine at 112k, and the car had been maintained at each service interval with Volvo dealership. $5K later and engine replaced (used), having an issue with battery, will not hold a charge, on my second new battery. Alternator checks out good. Nobody can tell what's drawing it down. Replace either tail light and "position" bulbs constantly, what started out pretty nice has turned into a money-pit!

car lookis and runs great with the v-8. suspension is a little floaty and steering could be crisper as far as responsiveness goes. have had no problems with it except for a slight vibration at highway speeds, this may be from a slightly bent wheel that is being straightend. Previuos owner must have hit a pothole. seats are fantasic, wery comfortable. really enjoy the car overall.

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