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2003 Volvo S80

2003 Volvo S80

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5 Seats
22-24 MPG
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2003 Volvo S80 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Posted on 12/16/02
Vehicle Overview
Volvo’s front-wheel-drive flagship sedan was introduced for the 1999 model year, and it carries on with only minor changes for 2003. During the 2002 model year, a 75th Anniversary Edition with a roomier rear seat, flat-screen TVs on the backs of the front-seat headrests and a DVD-based entertainment system debuted. A refrigerator was optional in that model. A few of the 500 cars built might remain at dealerships into the 2003 season.

The S80 was the first model to mix traditional Volvo styling cues with rounded corners and sharp creases in an attempt to establish a more modern image for the Swedish automaker. The 2.9 model has a 2.9-liter inline-six-cylinder engine, and the T-6 edition has a 2.8-liter inline-six with twin turbochargers. All S80s are equipped with a four-speed-automatic transmission.

Exterior
Partly because it was designed specifically as a sedan, the S80 looks dramatically different than its squared-off predecessors. In the past, Volvo designed its boxlike wagons first and then changed the rear sheet metal to create the sedan models.

The S80’s compact grille reaches forward and is accented by a prominent V shape that is molded into the hood. A sharply raked back window has nearly the same steep angle as the windshield. Large taillights and crisp creases give the rear end a sharp contrast to the trimly rounded front of the car.

Interior
The S80 is categorized as a midsize vehicle because of its interior volume, but it features...

Posted on 12/16/02
Vehicle Overview
Volvo’s front-wheel-drive flagship sedan was introduced for the 1999 model year, and it carries on with only minor changes for 2003. During the 2002 model year, a 75th Anniversary Edition with a roomier rear seat, flat-screen TVs on the backs of the front-seat headrests and a DVD-based entertainment system debuted. A refrigerator was optional in that model. A few of the 500 cars built might remain at dealerships into the 2003 season.

The S80 was the first model to mix traditional Volvo styling cues with rounded corners and sharp creases in an attempt to establish a more modern image for the Swedish automaker. The 2.9 model has a 2.9-liter inline-six-cylinder engine, and the T-6 edition has a 2.8-liter inline-six with twin turbochargers. All S80s are equipped with a four-speed-automatic transmission.

Exterior
Partly because it was designed specifically as a sedan, the S80 looks dramatically different than its squared-off predecessors. In the past, Volvo designed its boxlike wagons first and then changed the rear sheet metal to create the sedan models.

The S80’s compact grille reaches forward and is accented by a prominent V shape that is molded into the hood. A sharply raked back window has nearly the same steep angle as the windshield. Large taillights and crisp creases give the rear end a sharp contrast to the trimly rounded front of the car.

Interior
The S80 is categorized as a midsize vehicle because of its interior volume, but it features a spacious interior that makes some other luxury sedans look small inside. Even with an optional sunroof, headroom is ample for tall passengers. Rear-seat occupants enjoy generous legroom and useful space for their feet under the front seats. Large side windows provide an excellent view to the front and sides.

Even though the trunk lid opens more than 90 degrees, the opening isn’t particularly large; but the cargo floor is long, wide and flat. The S80’s cargo volume measures 14.4 cubic feet. Split, rear seatbacks release from inside the trunk and fold flat without removing the headrests. The rear headrests fold down with the push of a dashboard button so the driver has a clear view directly rearward, which is a handy feature.

The rear doors on the Executive Edition open wider for easier entry and exit. An Elite Option Package for the T-6 model also has the wider doors and extra rear legroom, but it includes a bench seat and fewer posh amenities.

Under the Hood
The 2.9 model holds a 194-horsepower, 2.9-liter inline-six-cylinder engine. The high-performance T-6 and Executive models get a 268-hp inline-six with twin turbochargers. Both engines are mounted transversely and team with a four-speed-automatic transmission. The Geartronic transmission on the T-6 and Executive versions permits manual gear changes by pushing the shift lever fore and aft.

Safety
Safety has long been a byword at Volvo. Antilock brakes, traction control and side-impact airbags for the front seats are standard. All five seating positions have three-point shoulder belts with pretensioners. Curtain-type airbags drop down from above the side windows in a collision to protect the heads of passengers. A Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS) moves the front seatbacks and headrests rearward in a rear-end collision to help minimize whiplash.

 

Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2003 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
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Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

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(5.0)

High European quality with good reliability

by On wings of eagles from Jeffersonville, Indiana on November 18, 2019

I bought a 2003 Volvo S80 T6 (2.9L 6 Cyl. twin turbo) in 2014 that had 171K miles on it. I drove it for 3-1/2 years and it was solid and reliable. The volvo was very comfortable to drive with nice ... Read full review

(5.0)

Best Used car purchase I have made!

by Pround Volvo Owner from Cumming Georgia on April 16, 2019

This vehicle was a great condition used car and a great value for 2003 with only 86k miles and I expect to be driving this one for a long time due to the condition and reliability of Volvos! Read full review

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The 2003 Volvo S80 currently has 5 recalls


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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The S80 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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