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Found a 1999 2.9 locally, need advice

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My girlfriend's younger brother is a senior in high school and needs a car until he goes away to college.

Now, We have looked at everything from a 1983 Tercel on Sunday night that looked like it was shipped over from war-torn Bosnia to other crap.

A guy is selling a 99 S80 2.9 tan on tan with 155k miles for $1100.

He said that's what Volvo offered to buy it from him for if he bought a new car, but can't afford the new car.

It's got some small body damage.

Missing the gas tank door, crack in the front bumper cover, some little dings in the hood and the back driver side door is missing the black trim and has a dent in its lower quadrant.


I REALLY wish it were a T6 so I could play with it some more.

The thing is, that her brother just needs the car for a few months, and then they could sell it.

But my girlfriend likes the way it looks.

I can fix the damage, which like I said is minor.


What are some things to look for other than the standard stuff like tires lights noises etc?


I have considered selling my 850 for it once George leaves, but there doesn't seem to be as much of a fun factor with the S80
 
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Um... $1100 for a S80 is a no brainer. BUY IT!!!

I paid 6400 for my 2000 2.9 with 125K miles and still think I got a great deal! I absolutely LOVE this car and it is worth EVERY penny to me.

I'd buy the SOB even if the engine was toast!

I haven't had my car long enough to really tell what is the weak points in the car.

I've had some minor electrical problems... I was blowing low beam headlights every week for a month until I finally noticed there was a small amount of water in there that would splash on the bulb and burst it.

Other than that I'd guess standard stuff. Make sure it makes good compression, and the transmission doesn't shift horribly. That seems to be the real weak point is the GM transmission in the 2002 and older models.

Mine needs the throttle module/throttle body replaced (under warranty) other than that I love this damn car.
 

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make sure to take a look at the timing belt.. see the sticky on this thread concerning that because that is the number one killer with these cars along with the transmission...

check out the oil, see what condition its in, the trans fluid etc. If the oil or trans fluid are burnt up, then you should be worried...
but 1100 for an s80 is a hell of a deal.. just know that when you get problems, which any car will give eventually.. it will cost you quite a bit more than a japanese or domestic brand..
 
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Oh I'm used to foreign costs.

I don't buy used domestics, especially GM.

I'd probably do the timing belt right away for them if it wasn't too difficult.

I was really hoping it was a TT, but for the price you can't whine about it.


My 850 has been an excellent car, and I haven't found parts to be to high. In fact, I think they're cheaper than mechanical parts for my 2JZGE in my SC300.


I'm hoping to look at it tonight, but tomorrow at 10 AM EST for sure.

The guy said I was the first to seriously inquire and will hold it until this weekend.
 
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Here are the pics he sent:














Looks like a simple body repair to me.


Just need a gas tank door and a new hinge from iPD.
 
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There are much cheaper parts sites than ipd if thats what your considering...
may I recommend visiting www.fcpgroton.com or www.eeuroparts.com both of which are very excellent!
Good look with the car, I hope its good to you.
 
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Buy it!!!!!!!!
 
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for 1100 i would get it, but overall knowing what i know now, i would get a smaller, 4 banger japanese instead
 
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WE BOUGHT IT!!!


1999 Volvo S80 2.9

152,000 miles

Pretty clean minus the body damage and could use a good interior cleaning.


Here's the deal:

--Driver and passenger front windows won't roll down or up.

--Driver side front door lock actuator makes a HORRIBLE noise, and can only lock that door with the key. The rest are fine.

--Three warning lights are out on the dash: Check Engine, ABS, and some car like road thing.

--Two ABS marked fuses under the hood are not there. When I went to replace them, there are no metal contacts/sockets in the fuse holes.


--The radio will NOT light up or turn on. Tried replacing the fuse to no avail.


--Its also missing the timing cover. But, the belt looks good.

--Says it has a CD changer but we can't find one.

New serpentine belt, some kind of computer brake recall, replaced some kind of suspension arm under recall.


Also came with the Volvo CD manual for it.


All in all, its a nice car.
 
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lol well, thats one project car my man

cd changer is in the trunk, on the left you will see a turning ****, turn it and pull the cloth panel down, it should come dont very easily if you have to force it that means you have not turned the **** enough

abs module may need to be replaced. thats like $1000 unless you send it in to be reprogrammed thats more like $150

road tilted with a car on it is traction control, ignore that for now, check engine light must be scanned, abs - ignore that for now

call the local volvo dealer and give then the VIN over the phone, ask if any recalls are still outstanding ( all recalls are free of charge no matter what they say)

oh yeah and did you actually drive the car before buying it ???

congrats, hope you have the skills and money to fix her up !!!
 
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congrats on the purchase, I guess we will be seeing you around the forum as time goes on haha.. but yea, the sites I mentioned above will def. be cheaper than IPD for the parts you need..
 
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Oh yes, we drove it for a good half hour before buying it.


The brakes work VERY well.

I'm not new to Volvo's....just the S80.


I have ordered tons of stuff through FCP before for my 850.



Anyone have an idea for why those fuses don't have plugs? How can I fix that?
 
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well when I said the forum, I specifically meant the s80 forum.. I shoulda said so..
But yea, the brakes on this car are lovely.. for 3600lbs of metal it really stops well with no fuss at all. Far cry from the out of control skid antics of my non-ABS 2 disc accord brakes.
If you are doing the body work, may we suggest you redo the black trim on the car?
There is a product we have been raving about here recently called showroom new black dye. I'm not plugging it or anything like that, just check out the "A photoshop of a black S80" thread, near the end of it you will see what we were talking about.

Other than that, you seem to know your way around volvos, so enjoy the car.. with the traction control off it can actually manage to be quite amusing..
 
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