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looking at a 99 S80 T-6

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Old 08-04-2005, 08:09 PM
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I'm going to look at a 99 Volvo T-6 this weekend with 55K on it. looks nice, but pictures don't really tell much. I've heard a lot of horror stories about random stuff going wrong with these things so i'm kind of leary of getting one. I thought i should probably get a warranty on it, but at the same time i don't want a car thats in the shop every couple weeks. Are there any things that I should look at that commonly goes wrong on these? Also, is there anything that has to be done special for a 60K tune-up that will cost a lot?

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Old 08-04-2005, 09:10 PM
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I suggest if you are looking to buy one try to find a newer one.Like a 2001 or newer if the budget allows.
 
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Old 08-04-2005, 10:03 PM
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My daughter has one. She got a great deal on it, but has had in the shop way too often. She is now due for the 60K and it will cost about $500 at the dealer. I would not buy a 99 S80 T6, period. I would much rather have a 98 V70 or S70 T5 or an R if you can find one.
 
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Old 08-04-2005, 11:16 PM
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Thanks guys... the S80 just looked like an awesome deal, 55,000 miles, twin turbo, I6, and only $12K. That's why I thought something was a little off, and I guess I'll have to go look at some other cars. Thanks for your help guys!
 
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Old 08-05-2005, 09:38 PM
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Some of the 99's are great cars and others are nightmares.
That was the first year for the car and it had bugs.
 
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And the bugs were still there in 2000... [:@]
 
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Old 08-07-2005, 11:12 AM
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When my daughter talked to the Volvo Dealer mechanic he told her he would stay away from the S80 period. I hesitate to say this, but she has not had any trouble for two months now, which is the longest it has been out of the shop since she bought it almost two years ago. It's a really nice car, rides great, looks great and it's pretty fast. The dealer has been fantastic about fixing her problems and not charging her much at all. She brings them chocalate chip cookies the next day when they don't charge her. Hey whatever works. Pretty sure they would not fix my car for cookies. When I go in to buy parts or something and talk to the service guy, he knows me as Judy's Dad.
 
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Default RE: looking at a 99 S80 T-6

That was the first year for the car and it had bugs.
I do believe the car came out first in 1998. Correct me if I am mistaken. Or maybe the car was built in 1998 for the 1999 production year (sold in '99).
 
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The first model year is 1999.That is what the Vin#'s show for the year of the car.
 
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DON' BUY AN S80 FORM 1999 TO 2003 JUST TO BE SAVE.

Join the class action lawsuit -
http://www.lieffcabraser.com/etm-complaints.htm

Motoring - Electronic throttle causes headache for VolvoElectronic
throttle causes headache for Volvo


Gothenburg, Sweden - Cars that unexpectedly stall due to a suspected
faulty electronic throttle have caused a headache for Swedish automaker
Volvo.

Thousands of vehicles assembled between 1999 and 2001 may be affected and
could force Volvo to issue a customer recall. Models affected are five and
six-cylinder versions of the S60, V70, XC70 and S80 series.

Volvo Car South Africa has taken note of the potential problems with the
electronic throttle assembly on 1999 - 2001 vehicles, it said in a
statement.

As with all matters of this nature Volvo Car SA takes its lead from Volvo
Car Corporation in Sweden, and will contact affected customers should a
recall be launched.

Any issues related to the electronic throttle that were brought to its
attention, it promised, would be handled with the necessary consideration.

In Sweden alone some 120 000 cars may be affected, although the Swedish
Automobile Association hasn't noted any increase in this fault.

"If customers suffer from stoppages they should contact a Volvo dealer and
get assistance to rectify it," said Volvo Car Corporation spokesman
Christer Gustafsson.

He added that Volvo Cars, owned by Ford, is still considering whether it
would recall cars or extend its warranty.

In the US about 300 000 vehicles are estimated to be equipped with the
electronic throttle in question, although the problem seems mainly to have
affected Volvo owners in California.

Authorities in that state were said to be urging Volvo to extend the
warranty on these components.

Media reports said that in one year Volvo spent some $13.5-million (about
R80 million) as a goodwill gesture cleaning or replacing 27 200 throttles
on traded-in cars. – Sapa-DPA

Published on the web by Motoring on May 6, 2005.

© Motoring 2005. All rights reserved.
 
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