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Volvo S80 repairs by problem area

Engine (38%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (15%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (23%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (3%)

Other (6%)

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Volvo S80 transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (13%)

$1000 - $2499 (20%)

$500 - $999 (18%)

$100 - $499 (38%)

< $100 (11%)

Chart based on 61 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2014 Volvo S80 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

13000 mi New transmission that was delivered with car failed software test. Volvo authorized replacement of transmission with new transmission under warranty. 

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2010 Volvo S80 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 281hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

74000 mi There was a grinding sound coming from the rear differential. It was diagnosed as needing repair by an independent shop. We put off the repair because the warranty had expired and stopped driving the car. 

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2009 Volvo S80 4dr Sedan

235-horsepower 3.2L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

32000 mi Transmission has shudder when vehicle is cold. Left car with dealer overnight and told there was no problem. Second time in for this issue. 

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2008 Volvo S80 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 281hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

80500 mi Transmission valve body replaced 

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2008 Volvo S80 4dr Sedan

235-horsepower 3.2L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

88660 mi Shuddering and Jerking was being experienced when driving between 40-80km and during gear shifts (automatic transmission). Transmission system changed 

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2007 Volvo S80 4dr Sedan

311-horsepower 4.4L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

35340 mi new rear diff. dem pump since a code that the Tech found was showing an intermittent short to ground. reimbursed by selling dealer. 
73000 mi

US $40
Transmission very infrequently shifts hard 1st to 2nd 

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2005 Volvo S80 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 208hp 2.5L I5 5-speed automatic AWD

106245 mi

US $125
Updated comp. sys., determined transmission failing. 

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2004 Volvo S80 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 208hp 2.5L I5 5-speed automatic FWD

107000 mi

US $255
Gearshift lever would not move out of park. Towed to shop, part of shift lever and parts related to shift lever mechanism replaced. 
146480 mi

A $800
Linear solenoid replacement 

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2004 Volvo S80 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 208hp 2.5L I5 5-speed automatic AWD

89500 mi

US $2000
Leaking front differential seal. They took it apart, cleaned components, and re-sealed it. 

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2004 Volvo S80 4dr Sedan

194-horsepower 2.9L I6 4-speed automatic FWD

93500 mi

US $110
Shifter lock out switch broke, car could not be shifted out of "P" and thus could not be driven. Unit replaced at dealer. 

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2003 Volvo S80 4dr Sedan

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

130 mi

US $4500
TRANSMISSION REPLACEMENT BY THE DEALER 

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2003 Volvo S80 4dr Sedan

194-horsepower 2.9L I6 4-speed automatic FWD

119000 mi

US $3900
rebuild transmission 
120000 mi

US $250
REPLACED LEFT FRONT AXLE 

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2001 Volvo S80

Engine not specified

143840 mi transmission light turning on 
87000 mi

US $3000
Transmission slipping between gears. 

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2001 Volvo S80 4dr Sedan

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

114000 mi

US $4000
I change trami 3 time and still was not working good. had to sell and lose money on it. 
119500 mi

US $700
Car had transmission slip, replaced with used transmission. 
122700 mi

US $1000
Transmission pressure control solenoid. Replaced solenoid. 
125930 mi

US $40
2nd rebuilt transmission replacement went bad after about 30 miles...towed back to original repair shop...tranny replaced again (transmission #4). Paid $40.00 to flush coling system.  
126000 mi I purchased this car in Nov 2010. It is again in the same shop for the 5th time...to replace the transmission. Yes, this will be the 5th time the transmission has been replaced. They can't seem to get it right...towed 5 times. 
136000 mi The 5th transmission is now slipping, just like all the others...only a matter of time...yet another tow expense...I will soon be trding this vehicle in...days with Volvo are about over...(and with my local auto repairman as well). 

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2001 Volvo S80 4dr Sedan

194-horsepower 2.9L I6 4-speed automatic FWD

230000 mi

US $200
Replaced the seals on the transmission. Transmission had a slow leak. Could have gone another six months with this problem but decided to replace now as preventative. 

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2000 Volvo S80

Engine not specified

119500 mi

US $12000
tranny clutches burnt up 
140000 mi

US $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! 
166000 mi

US $450
The car would not shift. Cable had broken inside. Replaced with used shifter 

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2000 Volvo S80 4dr Sedan

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

131000 mi

US $500
transmission seal replaced. 
158000 mi Transmission going. cost more that the book value of the car. Not going to repair car just replace car. 

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2000 Volvo S80 4dr Sedan

197-horsepower 2.9L I6 4-speed automatic FWD

203500 mi

US $200
CV shaft boot leaking on drivers side outer. Replaced entire axle shaft.  
209000 mi

US $1100
Transmission started slipping severely. Car was towed to transmission shop for complete rebuild.  CV axles were replaced. 

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1999 Volvo S80

Engine not specified

75000 mi

US $266
Shift indicator cable broke. Cable and labor $266 

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1999 Volvo S80 4-door

turbocharged 6-cylinder hybrid automatic 2WD

185380 mi

€300
Leaking seal of drive axle in gearbox 

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1999 Volvo S80 4-door

turbocharged 6-cylinder automatic 2WD

119700 mi

US $300
and CV axle coupling were leaking. Took 4 days to repair because parts had to be ordered. $15 parts the rest was labor 

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Volvo S80 Transmission Problems

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