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2004 Volvo S80

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$831 — $6,831 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
22-24 MPG
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Solid, substantial overall feel
  • Passenger space
  • Ride comfort
  • Driving ease
  • Performance of T6

The Bad

  • Navigation-screen readability
  • Cryptic controls
  • Price

What to Know

about the 2004 Volvo S80
  • New AWD turbo model
  • 268-hp six-cylinder in T6
  • Four- or five-speed automatic
  • Exterior freshening for 2004
  • Abundant safety features

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Vehicle Overview
Volvo’s front-wheel-drive flagship sedan was introduced for the 1999 model year. The S80 received a mildly modified appearance for 2004. The front fascia has been reworked, and the soft-nose grille surround is reprofiled for a gentler transition to the bodysides. Fog lamps are new, and the grille contains a square mesh pattern that’s highlighted in dark silver metallic. The taillamps are smaller, and the license-plate panel has been reshaped. The mirrors have been redesigned to help reduce wind noise. The interior features new gauges, and a three-spoke wood steering wheel is newly optional.

The 2004 lineup gets a new S80 AWD model with an Active On-Demand all-wheel drive system borrowed from the smaller S60 AWD sedan. Installed in all S80s with the turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-five-cylinder engine, all-wheel drive works automatically, with no driver input needed. Power is transferred to the rear wheels only when the front tires have lost traction.

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. In addition to the S80 AWD, the series includes 2.9 and T6 sedans. The 2.9 model has a 2.9-liter inline-six-cylinder engine, and the T6 carries a 2.9-liter inline-six with twin turbochargers.

A new S80 Premier sedan features such extras as rear-seat entertainment, special leather upholstery and genuine walnut panel inserts. A newly optiona...

Vehicle Overview
Volvo’s front-wheel-drive flagship sedan was introduced for the 1999 model year. The S80 received a mildly modified appearance for 2004. The front fascia has been reworked, and the soft-nose grille surround is reprofiled for a gentler transition to the bodysides. Fog lamps are new, and the grille contains a square mesh pattern that’s highlighted in dark silver metallic. The taillamps are smaller, and the license-plate panel has been reshaped. The mirrors have been redesigned to help reduce wind noise. The interior features new gauges, and a three-spoke wood steering wheel is newly optional.

The 2004 lineup gets a new S80 AWD model with an Active On-Demand all-wheel drive system borrowed from the smaller S60 AWD sedan. Installed in all S80s with the turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-five-cylinder engine, all-wheel drive works automatically, with no driver input needed. Power is transferred to the rear wheels only when the front tires have lost traction.

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. In addition to the S80 AWD, the series includes 2.9 and T6 sedans. The 2.9 model has a 2.9-liter inline-six-cylinder engine, and the T6 carries a 2.9-liter inline-six with twin turbochargers.

A new S80 Premier sedan features such extras as rear-seat entertainment, special leather upholstery and genuine walnut panel inserts. A newly optional Four-C active chassis that is adapted from the setup in the new high-performance S60R and V70R provides Comfort and Sport modes.

Exterior
Partly because it was designed specifically as a sedan, the S80 looks dramatically different than its squared-off predecessors of the 1990s. In the past, Volvo designed its boxlike wagons first and then changed the rear sheet metal to create the sedan models. Modifications for 2004 are modest yet significant.

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. Crisp creases give the rear end a sharp contrast to the trimly rounded front of the car. Measuring 189.9 inches long overall, the S80 rides a 109.9-inch wheelbase.

Interior
Volvo’s largest sedan is categorized as a midsize vehicle because of its interior volume, but spacious interiors make 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.

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 trunk holds 14.4 cubic feet of cargo. Split rear seatbacks release from inside the trunk and fold flat without removing the headrests. Each rear headrest folds down with the push of a dashboard button, so the driver has a clear view directly rearward.

Under the Hood
The 2.9 model holds a 194-horsepower, 2.9-liter inline-six-cylinder engine. The high-performance T6 model gets a 268-hp, 2.9-liter inline-six that breathes with the assistance of twin turbochargers. The new S80 AWD is equipped with a 208-hp, turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-five-cylinder engine. All of the engines are mounted transversely. The larger two team with a four-speed-automatic transmission, but the S80 AWD contains a five-speed automatic. The Geartronic transmission on the T6 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.

Driving Impressions
The S80 is understated and elegant. It is spacious throughout and delivers a smooth, easy ride. When equipped with the six-cylinder engine, responses are energetic for a big car. Automatic-transmission shifts are smooth yet noticeable. The S80 is easy to drive, and it promises excellent control and precise handling. The available navigation system’s screen isn’t easy to read, and some controls are cryptic.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
15 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

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(5.0)

Best car I ever owned. Quick!

by PB from Melrose Park on August 3, 2019

It's a highway star! The turbo kicks in after about 40mph and slingshots you forward. I loved driving on the hwy with this car, super comfy Euro design interior. Hate to see it go but got a newer one.... Read full review

(5.0)

safe and comfortable

by Scott from Dowling, Michigan on July 2, 2018

This Volvo exceeds in comfort and drivability. It is very well built and that makes a driver feel safe and knowing the car is reliable to keep me going down the road. Has many more ammenities then I ... Read full review

Safety

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Recalls

The 2004 Volvo S80 currently has 4 recalls


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

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.

What does CPO mean?

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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