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Volvo S80 Problems and Repair Histories

351 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Volvo S80. 140 of these members (39.9%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 328 repairs to Volvo S80s--an average of 0.9 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently Volvo S80 problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the Volvo S80 problem descriptions below.

Don't infer Volvo S80 problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Volvo S80 repairs by problem area

38% of the Volvo S80 repairs were to the engine, 6% to the transmission, 6% to the brakes, 17% to the suspension, 24% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 2% to the body and trim, and 6% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 328 repairs.

Volvo S80 repair cost distribution

Of the Volvo S80 repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 6% cost less than $100, 39% between $100 and $499, 26% between $500 and $999, 24% between $1000 and $2499, and 5% more than $2500.

Chart based on 157 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten Volvo S80 problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2000 Volvo S80

Engine not specified

Volvo S80 in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 140000    
140000 400 Transmission Service Urgent code. S1 code suggests Shift Solenoid problem. Replaced and problem still exists, mechanic says transmission needs replacement. Couldn't have told me $400 earlier, now I have new solenoid and no tranny. DO NOT BUY A VOLVO! 
 

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2000 Volvo S80 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 268hp 2.8L I6 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Volvo S80 in Massachusetts, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2009 89000    
91000 400 Mechanic replaced front stabilizer bar diagnosed as worn out during an oil change 
92000 80 Power steering tube leak at back of engine. Mechanic needed to drop cross frame to access. No re-alignment needed. 
112500 1000 Leaky power steering pump $150 for part 
119300 700 Front struts replaced with approx 50K miles on previously replaced units. Did not use Volvo parts. Installed Monroe and much, much improved. 
 
Volvo S80 in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2009 142000    
143000 250 Replaced lower control arms on both sides. Bushings were bad. 
146000 340 Also replaced front brake rotors. 
161000  
Volvo S80 in New Zealand
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2009 112220    
112220 1500 Airbag SRS Module faulty. Symptom Airbag Service Warning light. Ordered part installed. SRS Airbag Module. Intermittent DSTC Service light. 
114700 250 Electrical clicking flickering of lights etc. due to voltage irregularity. Replaced ignition switch. Problem solved. 
125860 300 Steering fluid leaking. Replaced hose. 
135780 3000 Oil leak from turbo. Rebuilt 2 turbos.  Replaced 2 ignition coils. Redone ignition wiring.  Catalytic convertor cleaned. 
141980 650 Hose snapped off at plastic mouth of radiator. Radiator replaced. Radiator was previously replaced about 6 years ago. 
144460 5 Plastic connector for windshield washer hose became brittle and crumbled. Replaced with generic connector. Small simple cheap job 
145700 100 Radiator fan stopped working. Fault diagnosed led to poor connection. Just a connection repair. 
166160  

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2000 Volvo S80 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volvo S80 in South Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2009 180000    
180000 0 "bent valve" from timing belt alignment pulley problem. 
183000 0 Still had bent valves when traded. 

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1999 Volvo S80 4-door

turbocharged 6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volvo S80 in Tennessee, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2009 143000    
144000 535 Needs 2nd throttle body but car is 1 month beyond its 10th birthday so the cost would fall on me. Class action law suit where the OEM Throttle Body's have been found to be faulty - Volvo will replace at no cost, as many as needed till she's 10. Sunroof tracks/guides came loose and rattled in opening and left glass panel loose in opening. Dealer removed loose parts as the "cheap fix" that works...1st time my Volvo dealer has done anything that fixes a problem AND saves me money...Yee Haw. Alarm sensor overhead in map light area. I had been told I had "Alarm codes" showing for quite some time and had fixed other items that I KNEW were bad so this problem had been noted before by the dealer but they had never said this part HERE is bad. One or both turbos is/are leaking oil so I'll fix it myself or let a local shop do it for $25...they changed all 4 O2 sensors for $75 so the 4 turbo oil drain tube gaskets should be about $25...I supply parts of course and they're all of $16 total. 
144000 16 Turbo oil drain tube gaskets replaced on one of 2 turbos. The 2nd turbo oil drain tube not leaking thankfully as it's much harder to change. Replaced lower front and bushing kit to upper motor mounts...and broke the eng/trans torque bushing when I blindly slid the floor jack under the car to raise it to get my jack stands out to end the procedure (or so I thought)...see next repair. 
 
Volvo S80 in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2009 119000    
122000 400 Broken Engine mount 
122000 1200 Steering rack leaking had to have replaced  
152000 800 ABS COMPUTER REPLACEMENT 
156000 100 Left sway bar link 
171000 1500 steering rack leaking 
180000  

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1999 Volvo S80 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volvo S80 in Tennessee, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2009 67000    
69000 155 Replaced rear engine and transmission rubber mounts. Front stablizer bars and strut mount replaced. 
75000 135 ABS computer failure, had unit rebuilt. replaced working properly. 
87000 75 CEL for evaporator, replaced hose from filler car to evaporator. 
 

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