Anyone have 1999 - S80 electrical issue ?

Discussion in 'Volvo S80' started by Timothy Mac, Sep 24, 2003.

  1. Timothy Mac

    Timothy Mac Guest

    I recently bought a 1999 S80 turbo from a friend. Nice care. Shortly after I
    bought it I started having trouble wioth the wipers and windows not working.
    They replaced the battery claiming a voltage issue. It worked for 3 days. So
    they replaced the alternator. It worked for 3 more days.

    I have noticed that if I disconnect the battery and reconnect it - the
    problem goes away for a few days. But then the windows stop working and the
    wipers stop working, and the turn signals stop too. The dealer claims to
    have no idea what is wrong. Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas as to
    the root cause of this problem?
     
    Timothy Mac, Sep 24, 2003
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  2. Timothy Mac

    Sean Nugent Guest

    From the sounds of it you need a battery isolator so you can just
    reset the car every so often.

    Sean
     
    Sean Nugent, Sep 24, 2003
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  3. crappy wiring, bad network cabeling between cpu and acessories...
    dealer is foll of %$#@ if they claim they don't know what is
    wrong......one of the worst volvo cars ever made...imho...
    i hope you didn't pay much over 5k for it...
     
    ~^ beancounter ~^, Sep 24, 2003
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  4. Timothy Mac

    Steve J. Guest

    Ughh..

    Could you tell us what you really think?

    ;)
     
    Steve J., Sep 25, 2003
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  5. Sean, are you crazy? When you reset the battery as you describe, it screws
    up your clocks and any other things that require constant power. You must be
    one of those morons that repair cars for Volvo. It is clown engineering like
    this that gives Volvo cars the bad reputation they have today.

    Oh yes - you are an asshole.
     
    Trent Smithers, Sep 25, 2003
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  6. Timothy Mac

    Sean Nugent Guest

    Some people just don't get sarcasm

    Sean
     
    Sean Nugent, Sep 25, 2003
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  7. sure.. ;-) buy a 95-99 volvo....say a 850t / r wagon and put a bit
    of $ into fixing it up...boost the turbo a bit, hang some IPD parts on
    it...and you will have a very nice, fast volvo for < 10k.....go on a
    vacation w/the $ you will save.. ;-)
     
    ~^ beancounter ~^, Sep 25, 2003
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  8. Timothy Mac

    Mobius Strip Guest

    If the car is so crappy then how come every owner I ever run into just
    *LOVES* their S80 and tells me it has been very reliable? How come my loaded
    S80 T-6 has performed flawlessly for 4 years even though I live near the
    ocean in the wet and muddy Pacific NW and take it on winter ski trips
    through the slush and mud, not gingerly mind you....

    I guess beancounters like you have determined it's not worth the money
    because you can't afford it.
     
    Mobius Strip, Sep 25, 2003
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  9. i owned one...it was a piece of %$#@ compaired
    to the older, reliable volvos i was used to driving...
    see...it was my 5th volvo....
     
    ~^ beancounter ~^, Sep 26, 2003
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  10. Timothy Mac

    Steve J. Guest

    I'm driving a '96 850 turbo....

    :)
     
    Steve J., Sep 26, 2003
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  11. What does your friend say? Did he/she have these problems. Check the
    relays, etc.
     
    Buckshot LeFunk, Sep 26, 2003
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  12. Timothy Mac

    Mobius Strip Guest

    Is that so? I looked at your old posts on the alt.autos.volvo group and
    learned a lot.

    It appears you had nothing but good to say about the S80 right up until your
    lease expired and you decided not to keep it. You had lots of glowing
    comments about solidity, reliability, etc. The only bad thing I noticed you
    wrote was that you had replaced two headlight bulbs! The following examples
    will prove that you loved your S-80, it was very reliable, you originally
    wanted the S80 T-6 but purchased the standard (probably because of cost).
    The car drove even better (than new) right up until your lease was expiring

    From: earthlink news ()
    Subject: what did you pay for your 2000 t-6?
    This is the only article in this thread
    View: Original Format
    Newsgroups: alt.autos.volvo
    Date: 2000/05/05

    i am shopping/negotiating for my 2001 s80 / t-6...i am
    interested in pricing and what folks are paying for
    other t-6's...were you able to get dealers to
    discount these?...the new list price, for 2001's is set
    @ $37,350...loaded up...it is @ $45,650....

    thanx...

    richard / coloradoFrom: beancounter
    ((no_spam)_(no_spam))Subject: Re: Volvo S80 vibrations
    View: Complete Thread (5 articles) Original Format Newsgroups:
    alt.autos.volvoDate: 2000-12-15 18:34:15 PST no vibrations on mine @ speeds
    up to 130 mph...s80,
    non turbo...

    richard / colorado

    From: ~^ bean counter ~^ ((no_spam)_(no_spam))Subject:
    Re: quality of Volvo View: Complete Thread (14 articles) Original Format
    Newsgroups: alt.autos.volvoDate: 2001-03-25 09:52:58 PST IMHO volvo is still
    one of the top three autos mfg "out there"...
    i am on my 4th...picked up a 2000 s80 last aug...i now have just
    under 20k on it...no material problems...i drive it hard and keep
    to sugg scheduled maintenance (like all of my other volvos)...to me, a volvo
    is a nice balance between performance, safety, cost (purchase &
    maintained), and style / comfort...

    i drive the car a higher than average (a city person)...i am in rural
    colorado,
    2 min out of my driveway and the speeds are @ 70mph...interstate
    speeds range from 65 - 90mph...

    nice, stable, "positive feeling" car.....i have owned bmw's (high maint
    costs!), mercedes (same as bmw), audies, and vw's...

    regards...

    richard / coloradoFrom: bean counter
    ((no_spam)_(no_spam))
    Subject: Re: Curious: My S80 or ALL S80's..
    View: Complete Thread (16 articles)
    Original Format
    Newsgroups: alt.autos.volvo
    Date: 2001-01-05 04:27:43 PST

    i have a 2000 s80 / non turbo...i drive it very hard...like
    all 4 of my past volvos (all sold w/over 150k miles)..
    i drive my s80 at speeds of 125, once per week...>85
    daily...no problems...i do get "the thump" in the front,
    when starting out, on cold mornings...but i fig that is
    the way the front end must be designed...i love the
    feel and footprint of the car...in 4 mos i am @
    15k miles.....richard / colorado

    From: ~^ bean counter ~^ ((no_spam)_(no_spam))Subject:
    Re: quality of Volvo View: Complete Thread (14 articles) Original Format
    Newsgroups: alt.autos.volvoDate: 2001-03-25 09:52:58 PSTIMHO volvo is still
    one of the top three autos mfg "out there"...
    i am on my 4th...picked up a 2000 s80 last aug...i now have just
    under 20k on it...no material problems...i drive it hard and keep
    to sugg scheduled maintenance (like all of my other volvos)...to me, a volvo
    is a nice balance between performance, safety, cost (purchase &
    maintained), and style / comfort...

    i drive the car a higher than average (a city person)...i am in rural
    colorado,
    2 min out of my driveway and the speeds are @ 70mph...interstate
    speeds range from 65 - 90mph...

    nice, stable, "positive feeling" car.....i have owned bmw's (high maint
    costs!), mercedes (same as bmw), audies, and vw's...

    regards...

    richard / coloradoFrom: ~^ beancounter ~^ ()Subject:
    Re: S80 View: Complete Thread (118 articles) Original Format Newsgroups:
    alt.autos.volvoDate: 2001-12-27 12:25:25 PST i have 42k miles on my 2001
    s80, non turbo...no major
    problems...i have replaced the headlight bulbs twice...
    but no other issues...i drive pretty hard and fast, open
    co roads and highways...lots of cruising @ 75 - 85 mph...
    nice car...waiting for a s80 awd turbo....drives nice, no rattles
    or shims yet...

    richard / coloradoFrom: ~^ beancounter ~^ ()Subject:
    Re: S80 reliability View: Complete Thread (30 articles) Original Format
    Newsgroups: alt.autos.volvoDate: 2002-04-30 18:50:56 PST yea...i see few
    advertised....mine is @ the end of
    the lease...i need to get @ least 25-27k...i fig i might as
    well get out now, while everything works perfect...in
    typical volvo fashion...the car actually seems to drive
    better w/miles on it...i think they must "settle in"...
    the 30-50k miles were nice, trouble free, and fun
    driving..

    richard / colorado From: ~^ beancounter ~^ ()Subject:
    on line parts - ipd?? View: Complete Thread (10 articles) Original Format
    Newsgroups: alt.autos.volvoDate: 2002-05-10 08:12:59 PST i went ahead and
    dumped my s80 for a 240gl...the 240
    is in great cond't...drives solid...everything works..just
    did a tune up.....question for today is..

    for misc parts, is ipd still a "leader" in the "online" world
    of 1886 240 volvo parts? has any other online co's emerged
    in the last few years, to become a great place to browse
    and shop for older 240 parts?...w/the s80, i wasn't doin
    too much parts shopping...the "new" 240 needs some of the
    small stuff....panic handles, dome light, lighter..etc...

    thanx in advance for feedback !!

    richard / colorado
    Well Richard, what do you have to say for yourself?> >
     
    Mobius Strip, Sep 26, 2003
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