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Old 12-07-2008, 08:50 PM
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Hey guys, as I said, I'm new to the forums, I joined because I've got a few questions about both the S60 and S80, but I figured I'd consolidate into one post.

So, here's the deal, I'm a 20 year old college student, and I've had, well, rather beastly RWD domestic vehicles since I started driving 4 years ago. My first car was an '86 IROC camaro with a cammed/heads 355, and I'm now driving a '91 camaro with a turbo 3.1 V6. As fun as driving the boy-racer cars is, I get the feeling I'm moving away from it. This summer, once classes let out, I'm going to be in a rather interesting situation, the V6 in my car now has running on 150k miles on it, so I'm left with 2 options. Drop a new 3.4 V6 into my current car, and turn it into something that is probably far too ridiculous to DD, or buy a new (to me) car.

From a cost standpoint, replacing the engine in my current car would be much, much cheaper, but I have to wonder how long I'm going to want to put up with 2 doors and terrible gas mileage.

That being said, if I end up getting a new car, I'd be looking to spend around $10,000. I can get an S60 or an S80 with anywhere from 85k-105k miles for between $8-10k. I've always had a bit of a thing for the S60 and S80, they're beautiful cars from an interior and mechanical standpoint, but I don't know what to expect of a Volvo with that high of mileage. I have a few friends with early 90's volvo's, 850's and the like, running 200,000+ miles, but, those are much older cars, from before Ford bought Volvo.

My question to you guys is, how reliable would an S60 or S80 with near 100k miles be? I've heard the S80's have transmissions that like to give out around 50 or 60k miles, is that true? I've done all of my own work on my cars, I am absolutely, by no means, someone incapable of fixing just about anything that goes wrong on a car (outside of wiring. Ha, but, who likes wiring anyways?). So, what can I really expect from an S60 or S80 with those kind of miles? Chances are it would be somewhere between '99 and '03. Are there any years that I should steer clear of, or is there anything in particular I should look or feel for when test driving the cars? Reading through the stickies, I notice the timing belt issue, so I'll definitely ask about that, but that goes for pretty much any car (don't I wish newer cars used chains instead of belts haha.)

I really appreciate the help guys, and I'm sorry if these questions have been answered a thousand times over, it's finals time right now, and I have hardly any time to spare, I'll continue to look through the forums whenever I've got a few minutes, and if I find what I'm looking for, I'll delete this post.
 
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Old 12-07-2008, 09:19 PM
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I don't know about the S60. On the S80, I'd go with 2001 or newer. The 1999 and 2000 model years had lots of problems. Plus with the 2001 or newer, you get the dual-stage air bags. I've got 86,000 miles on my car and the transmission is still OK. I've had lots of other things break, though.
 
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Old 12-07-2008, 09:25 PM
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Other things like what?
 
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Old 12-07-2008, 09:44 PM
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I have a 2001, which was supposed to have a lot of the problems fixed that the 1999 and 2000 models had. I've owned it for 3 years. So far I've had to deal with the following:

Turbo oil return line seals leaking - had to be replaced.

Oil trap clogged - had to be removed and cleaned.

Left front wheel bearing and driveshaft bad - had to be replaced.

Fuel door hinge cracked - had to be replaced.

Auto-dimming rearview mirror inoperative - had to be fixed.

Alarm system siren inoperative - had to be replaced.

All brake discs worn out - had to be replaced.

Center console cover worn through - had to be replaced.

Driver's door window doesn't retract all the way sometimes - haven't fixed it yet.

 
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Old 12-07-2008, 11:28 PM
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its agreed that the s80 became even more reliable by 2002...




 
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Old 12-07-2008, 11:46 PM
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So, it would be relatively safe to buy an S80/S60 around 100k miles?
 
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Old 12-08-2008, 08:52 AM
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Yes those cars motor wise can go to 500K easy if taken care of.

Me I would stick with the S60 over the S80. The GM tranny in the S80 was a little more common to go bad over the AW tranny in the S60's.
 
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