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Great car when under Warranty by Oli in UK on 07/15/2011. Trim: 2005 Volvo S80 2.5T, Owned 3 years.
Pros: The Volvo S80 is a quiet and comfortable car that gives you extremely good secure feeling when you are on the road. For its size the average MPG of 35 is very acceptable for me.
Cons: The reliability has been far from expected and repairs are very expensive and the service not that good from the local dealership. My Volvo S80 is now 6 years old and done 82k miles and basically done its full life. Last 6 months repairs have exceeded the selling value and the dealership has now informed that they have to change one ECU unit and that will set me back £1400/US$2200 to be able to figure out what other ECU units will need replacing. The cost for computer readout was £216/US$350 without any repairs. I have had enough and decided to cut my losses and scrap the car I had expected to do many years and many miles.
Overall review: I also have an 11 year old Mercedes E320 that has done 160k miles and that is a cheap car to keep on the road in parts and service compared to the Volvo. My advice is to do a contract hire for the warranty period and then return the car to the dealership because these are fabulous cars if you do not have to pay for the repairs. Thinking of buying second hand with out warranty,.. RUN AWAY!, I should have.
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