"I have a 1999 S80. It is a beautiful car, but I have had numerous problems with the ETM and various engine problems. The performance tires are expensive and repairs are expensive. If you do not live near a Volvo dealership, it is a long drive to find someone who can work on your car. I have found it very expensive and time consuming to own this car."
"The S80 is a smooth-riding almost-luxury sedan, on a par with a similar year's Lexus, Audi, etc. A little less sporty than a Saab, a little less prestigious than, say, a Mercedes (though the 2001-2003 Mercedes are notoriously bad cars). Very comfortable, very safe, very reliable. Cold AC with dedicated vents for the rear passengers, plenty of room front and back, nice driving position, intuitive control layout. Decent accelleration from the 2.9L engine, much nicer than and smoother all around than the S40. Also, I hate to disagree with Decky from Jax, but there are no GM parts on a Volvo. GM owns Saab. Ford is partnered with Volvo. Anyway, for the price at which you can now obtain a mid-mileage S80, I think they are a great value."
"This is the worst car i have ever purchsed (Mechanically) I bought it 16 months ago and so far i have spent $5000 on fixtures and right now its with the deale getting fixed again. Alot of the parts used on this car are from GM. Personally i would stay away from this one"
"No major problems. Only minor wear and maintenance needed. The T6 engine picks up nice and smooth. The large interior spacing is very comfortable. The exterior design is some of Volvo's nicest (not a box)... A fun car to drive and Volvo safe..."
"I have this year 2000 2.9 S80 with 140K. However, I have a few complaints about the engineering. Like, you need a special wrench just to change the oil filter. The interior locks are confusing to operate. And there is no switch inside the car for the trunk, except for the manuel key lock, and the remote. The car takes a whopping 7 quarts of oil, and gets 23-24mpg. My particular car has head lights which are consistanly on when u run the engine.
Just recently I have been having electrical problems. There is some kind of leak somewhere, so the engine keeps reving up to make up the loss.
In short, the car is bought out by Ford, so its not the volvo it used to be. Don't waste your money, buy a real import."
"We purchased this S80 new in 2000 simply for its safety ratings and second for the amount of room it had for our family members. We were and have been extremely pleased with the comfort of the seats and the smooth ride. This is something that we did not expect from Volvo. We haven't had any major repairs to report, just a few minor things that balance out over the 7 years that we've had this car. It's been safe and reliable car for us."
"I have a T-6 premier. Other than some minor problems, which fell under warranty, this car has been great. Having owned a 1995 850, I feel that some of the components are not built as good in the interior of the car. Nothing major, but things such as the cup holders have broken.
Overall, it is a great car with a lot of comforts. The navigation system and the DVD/TV player and screens on both headreats are great."
"Brought this car with 70k miles on it, now have 122k. Overall it good car but I think the repairs on brakes/rotors can be expensive and seem to wear then other cars I have driven. Replacing bulbs for the brake lights are a nuisance at times but I would buy Volvo again. I'm expecting over 200k from this one."
"I love this car! Have three kids and they all fit comfortably in the car. Smooth ride, great handling, strong engine and awesome gas mileage. I consistently avg 24 mpg between highway/city driving of 35%/65%. A minor vibration sound on front inside door panels occassionally due to their design is the only "quality" issue I had. Handles great in the snow with FWD. AWD doesn't improve wet/snow traction that considerably for the price difference."
"Cant complain at all about this car. Had it for over 40k miles and it now has 100k. Sunroof rattle is the only real problem - but no leak, and with a $700 repair, I live with it.
Silkey smooth from stop to 80 mph as she presses you back into your 8 way power bucket seat, passing with ease on 2 lane hwys.
Great Car for the money!"
"This was the first European car I have own and I love it. Was going to buy a BMW 530I, but was able to save $10,000 for the Volvo and it was still covered by the 50k mile factory waranty. Also, insurance was cheaper on the Volvo than the BMW. Win, Win when you have a growing family. Pleanty of room for them as well."