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#4531532 - 10/01/17 07:54 PM Volvo '07 S80 3.2L w/218K miles...
WhizkidTN Offline

Registered: 12/05/16
Posts: 482
Loc: E. Tennessee
This week I sold my son's '07 S80 3.2L (inline 6) with 218K miles (for $2.7K private party sale). He is in the Navy now and has no need for a car for a while. This was our first family experience with a Volvo. Seemed to be well engineered but not perfect (no car is) and it lasted a good while for us. We bought it in 2014 at 165K miles for $6K (retail). This car was in pretty good condition and I was able to get ALL the Volvo dealership records since new so I know how it had been treated (well).

She was getting a bit long in the tooth and needed to go on down the road for somebody else.

I'm a bit misty eyed as we modified the exhaust (MagnaFlow mufflers) and she sounded great, had plenty of power/pep and drove like a touring car! It was a great car for him. So I say a fond farewell to our "Green Machine" and happy trails!

Anybody else out there in BITOG land been a happy Volvo owner over the years??

(SOLD) 2007 S80 3.2L FWD (BD: 11/06)| Willow Green | 218K miles @ 9/2017
Mods: IPD Alu Skid Plate | 25% tint | Qwik-Valve F104S + ADP-104 | MagnaFlow Mufflers (#11225) w/Stainless tips | GC Edge 0W-40 oil | Continental PureContact tires (225/50R17) on 17" Regor rims.
His: '12 Kia Optima SX - 2.0L GDI Twin-Scroll Turbo [Tuned] (71K)
>EDGE 0W-40, Fram XG9688
Her's: '14 Nissan Rogue SL AWD - 2.5L NA (66K)
>EDGE 0W-20, Fram XG6607

#4531552 - 10/01/17 08:19 PM Re: Volvo '07 S80 3.2L w/218K miles... [Re: WhizkidTN]
Camprunner Offline

Registered: 02/19/08
Posts: 1032
Loc: MA.
Back in the mid 1990's I bought a used 92 Volvo 960 with 20,000 miles it was there flagship car at the time 2.9 straight 6 rear wheel drive big car it was a tank! Real solid and had the Volvo SIPS system side impact protection system. I went to the dealership to purchase a new Honda Accord the Honda was nice but the Volvo felt so much more solid and I was a young on the road salesman at the time. I put about 250,000 miles on that car and it was the best car I ever owned I loved it! The car was pretty trouble free the only issue I had was the rear main seal would leak and have to be replaced every 50,000 miles Volvo covered the first one and the extended warranty I purchased covered the other two. The others I had to pay for.

After four years I stupidly traded it in for a new Nissan Maxima nothing against the Max it was a good car but built nothing like my Volvo.

#4531592 - 10/01/17 09:09 PM Re: Volvo '07 S80 3.2L w/218K miles... [Re: WhizkidTN]
Kool1 Offline

Registered: 01/25/13
Posts: 906
Loc: California
I think this guy can tell you a lot about driving a Volvo for many miles.

#4531598 - 10/01/17 09:19 PM Re: Volvo '07 S80 3.2L w/218K miles... [Re: WhizkidTN]
JohnnyJohnson Offline

Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 2731
Loc: Wet side WA
Our family got a Volvo new in 1962 a PV544 it was a great little car. It was well maintained and it left the family in 1986 with over 300K on it. Never had any major engine work only tune ups. I still miss that car.
2004 Toyota Corolla 121525
Out: QSUD 5W-30 Purolator One 5030
In: Valvoline ML 5w-30 TG4967 117530 2-8-18
2006 Duramax 74016
Out: T6 5W-40 M1-303
In: T6 5W-40 XG9100 73752 4-22-18

#4531686 - 10/01/17 11:41 PM Re: Volvo '07 S80 3.2L w/218K miles... [Re: WhizkidTN]
ecotourist Online   content

Registered: 07/09/08
Posts: 1067
Loc: British Columbia, Canada
I bought a new '86 Volvo 740 Turbo sedan with manual transmission plus overdrive. Kept it for 18 1/2 years and 285,000 Km.

It needed lots of little things. The exhaust fell off at least 3 times, and always on trips. The water pump failed several times (though a trusted Volvo specialty repair shop told me the reason it was replaced so many times was because a repair shop in another city used other than OEM parts). The overdrive had to be rebuilt. The clutch had to be replaced once. It averaged $1100/year in maintenance and repairs at Volvo specialty shops. The power train (other than the overdrive) was solid and gave no other problems. Brakes, steering and suspension required only routine maintenance. The (oil cooled only) turbo was still fine when I sold it.

It was a great car. It drove like a solid chunk. We felt very safe in that car. Best seats of any car I've ever sat in. Not as reliable as Hondas and Toyotas but it felt like a new car after almost 20 years. I'd certainly buy another Volvo.
2000 BMW 528i 5MT
2007 Honda Accord EX-L 4Door V6 6MT

#4531801 - 10/02/17 06:29 AM Re: Volvo '07 S80 3.2L w/218K miles... [Re: ecotourist]
Kira Offline

Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 5203
Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
OP asked, "Anybody else out there in BITOG land been a happy Volvo owner over the years??"

1) Yes, me! Around 2004 I was searching for a car I could fit into. I found a 1999 Volvo V70 out on Long Island. The shortest story I can render is that someone at the garage where he worked used "Wrong Red" transmission fluid in his P/S pump and killed it. From what I could gather, the nearby dealer wouldn't fix it for him for free. He grew angered and decided to sell the otherwise good car. I sold it in 2008 for $5,100 @ ~160K.

2) Driving a cousin home from a Christmas party I spotted a 2002 for sale. I succumbed to the siren call of a newer car. This is why I sold the '99.
I drove it for 9 years and sold it for $2,500 @ 198,600 mi.

3) I searched 7 states for an '06 or '07 V70 for 2 years and found one, an '07, in Maryland just before Christmas last year. It had 69,380 mi. and runs well.

All 3 were non-turbos. I have used the same roof rack cross bars on all 3. All 3 had the element oil filter (some '99's used the familiar Volvo canister).

Could I go on? You bet.....

#4531886 - 10/02/17 09:19 AM Re: Volvo '07 S80 3.2L w/218K miles... [Re: WhizkidTN]
jeepman3071 Offline

Registered: 04/15/10
Posts: 4204
Loc: Storrs, Connecticut
Unfortunately the newer Volvos have become complex luxury cars much like the Germans. While solid tanks, they are often complicated to diagnose and repair. I remember friends of mine in high school having the older ones and they ran forever.
2000 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L (179k) - Pennzoil 10w30, Napa Gold 1516, Magnefine trans filter
2009 BMW 328i (32k) - Castrol Edge Euro 0w40, MANN HU816X

#4531991 - 10/02/17 11:55 AM Re: Volvo '07 S80 3.2L w/218K miles... [Re: WhizkidTN]
dogememe Offline

Registered: 04/15/17
Posts: 593
I would never own one but lots of 80s/early 90s Volvos out there with hundreds of thousands of reliable miles. Late 90s or newer ones seem to be rock solid too or overcomplicated Eurotrash, seems hit or miss.
2007 Ford Crown Vic P71 4.6 ~124K Miles, Valvoline SynPower 5W-30, Royal Purple Filter *Daily Driver*
2010 Ford Escape 2.5 ~70K Miles, Valvoline SynPower 5W-30, Wix Filter *Turo Rental Car*

#4532155 - 10/02/17 04:25 PM Re: Volvo '07 S80 3.2L w/218K miles... [Re: dogememe]
I_4 Offline

Registered: 08/08/14
Posts: 47
Loc: Southeast MA
The 1990 240DL in my sig. Bought used from a neighbor at 175K, Now 225k. Almost no rust, unusual in the Northeast. Bilstein dampers, IPD springs, EuroPartsHouse heater valve, tropical fan clutch, plus some minor things that I have done to it. Very solid drivetrain. It gets Maxlife 10w-30 with a K&N oil filter most of the time. I like the fact it has copper brake lines, and excellent brakes. My 20 year old son drives it most of the time now, and it seems to be a solid and safe car. A bit on the slow side, but I think it is good, solid transportation. Easy to work on.
2007 BMW 328 Ams Euro 5W-40
2005 Honda Civic Si EP3 Ams Sig 0W-30
1994 Saturn SL2(winter)
1992 Mazda Miata (summer/HPDE) Ams Z-Rod 10W-30
1990 Volvo 240DL

#4532508 - 10/02/17 10:48 PM Re: Volvo '07 S80 3.2L w/218K miles... [Re: WhizkidTN]
Silk Offline

Registered: 07/26/03
Posts: 4549
Loc: New Zealand
I've had my 850 T5 for a couple of years, only just put 10,000km on it. I was looking for something more useful than a 2 door coupe and noticed Volvos were going real cheap if there was something wrong with them, so I picked up a non runner needing a radiator for $500. Very happy with the power, comfort and handling. A harsh ride and a bit low for my liking, and just found there was a 15mm lower option, so guess it has that. I find it like a Mercedes of similar age, good engineering and most things easy to fix.

One thing I recently found. My wife has a broken ankle (plate and 8 screws), the passenger seat folds forward, so she sits in the back with her foot up on the seat back.
1987 BMW R65 - Penrite V Twin 20/50
2005 Nissan Expert - Gulf Western 10W-40
1996 Volvo T5 - Penrite HPR15 - 15W-60. Ryco syntec filter.

#4535356 - 10/06/17 12:00 PM Re: Volvo '07 S80 3.2L w/218K miles... [Re: WhizkidTN]
sleddriver Offline

Registered: 02/06/10
Posts: 4597
Loc: Central Texas
I bought the sled in Aug of 1998 from a dealer with about 11k mi on her. 20yrs and 211k mi later, I don't regret the purchase. Original motor, transmission, head gasket, turbo & exhaust. All fine. The wagon holds a lot of stuff. I use the roof rack regularly. The turbo motor will really get up and go when needed.

Not the easiest to work on. The 98 isn't nearly as complicated as the newer models, fortunately. Currently about 223k mi. on her. I plan on driving it until the wheels fall off.
1998 Volvo V70 T5 226,808 mi. Original Owner.
M1 10W-30 HM
"It's never a mistake to buy tools, defined broadly. They're not a cost, they're an investment." - J.B. Peterson

#4535895 - 10/07/17 03:28 AM Re: Volvo '07 S80 3.2L w/218K miles... [Re: WhizkidTN]
Lolvoguy Offline

Registered: 02/06/14
Posts: 2324
Loc: Canada
OP, did you have any repairs or maintenance that you completed in your ownership?
If so, what was it and how complex was it?

The reason why I ask is because I'm considering a new dd but it needs to be something comfortable yet efficient.
I also prefer something relatively simple to maintain.
06 Lexus IS350- Wife
88 BMW 325is- Mistress
03 Suzuki SV650S- One night stand

#4536981 - 10/08/17 10:22 AM Re: Volvo '07 S80 3.2L w/218K miles... [Re: WhizkidTN]
jstert Offline

Registered: 09/14/15
Posts: 127
Loc: ne atlantic coast & sw desert
i bought a new 1993 245 and sold it in 2005. used in temperate, desert and northern climates. washed/waxed and serviced religiously with mobil 1 oil changes. 115hp was a happy highway puller, even fully loaded. no rust. lots and i mean lots of small things were always broke on it after warranty. with an out of warranty volvo you need either to be your own expert mechanic or find a reliable independent mechanic. a volvo dealership defines stealership.
2013 vw passat s
2014 toyota yaris l

#4537383 - 10/08/17 06:06 PM Re: Volvo '07 S80 3.2L w/218K miles... [Re: WhizkidTN]
Carmudgeon Offline

Registered: 04/26/05
Posts: 533
Loc: Under the hood
Don't have any experience with the white blocks, but the red blocks will last forever.

They weren't fancy, but reasonably comfortable, safe, solid, and useful. My 245 carried me back and forth to college with everything I needed, including a bed.

Subaru took their place after they moved more upmarket.

#4537679 - 10/09/17 06:41 AM Re: Volvo '07 S80 3.2L w/218K miles... [Re: WhizkidTN]
Toros Offline

Registered: 04/22/05
Posts: 264
Loc: Chadds Ford
I've owned five of them. Still have a 2006 XC90 2.5T which is running strong with 168,000 on it. Doesn't leak a drop of anything.
Had a 1993 940 Wagon
1994 940 Sedan
1998 V90 Wagon
1998 850
2006 XC90

All great cars but for the 850. When you own Volvo you learn that sites like Brickboard and places like FCP Groton are your friends.

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