excellent car extremely powerfull and a lot of car for the money will easily keep up with its competitors ie BMW M5 at a fraction of the cost. bullet proof engineering an excellent buy but only if you can get over the badge and the stigma of the old man image you have a wolf in sheeps clothing. not for the faint hearted or the sunday driver.
The Volvo S80 is an Excellent car for long journeys and has good fuel consumption for a very good for a large automatic. The faults with the car are as follows, some of the interior plastics are of poor quality for an executive car, the D5 is noisy at idle and is down on power and refinement compared to the german Marques. For a car of large proportions the boot is surprisingly small and the ski hatch is very difficult to open. On the plus side the seats are fantastic, rear legroom is very impressive and the stereo system is class leading. All in all a good car but with the market the way it is an Audi A8 3.0 tdi Quattro can be bought for similar money although running costs will be considerabley higher.
I bought the car brand new in December 1998 at a cost of 30k, it was my company car, with all teh extras i could get at teh time. a 2.9 Se auto, with Sat-Nav telephone, electric everything sunroof etc, i ran teh car every day for 6 years and covered a total of 272000 miles in it. teh car averages 25 miles per gallon locally and in the motor way with teh cruise set at 70 does about 40 mpg. teh car is silky smooth, has only a 4 speed box and is much more reliable than the later geartronic ones. i had an electrical problem with the car in 2001 when it had covered about 100,00 mniles which took my local Volvo dealership 5 weeks to sort out, however it ran trouble free without anything other than routine servicing tyres and brake pads until it had covered a staggering 224000 miles. i bought teh car with a 5 year unlimited mileage warranty and its teh best most relaible car i have ever owned. i started a taxi chauffeur company in 2000 and ran a fleet of Volvo s80`s and this one was by far teh best, before the Ford molestation that is the current Volvo S80. the car is currently owned by ny uncle who has since dione around anothe 50000 miles in the car and its still going strong. The best model to buy is the 2.9 se auto from 1988-2000 S,T,V registration A HIDDEN GEM OF A CAR
I have had a succession of Volvo's right from the early days of the 3 series, and even for a while had a 140 saloon! Laterly, I have had an 850 T5 and an S60 2.0t, but by far the S80 D5 is the best yet. It is a 54 reg with 88000 miles and a full history. What a lovely car. The interior is roomy and well thought out and even my 6yr old grand-daugter, without prompting described the seat as being like the sofa! And apart from the fantastic styling, the fuel consunption is far beyond that which would be expected from a car of this size. I had read various reviews that spoke of attaining mid 40s, some less ans some more, and despite having just sold a Ford Mondeo TDCi that was reasonable on fuel (About 45 mpg) this beast is AVERAGING at 60mpg, if the computer is to be believed. And that is with a bit of town driving, and dual carriageway speeds of around 70mph, so not snail pace. Careful used of the accelerator and breaking, along withfull use of the gearbox etc and that fantastic five cylinder diesel grunt that the four cylinders just lack! It is an amazing achievement and I can see this car being on my driveway for many years to come. It is even more economical than my wifes Peugeot 307 2.0 HDi
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