Volvo S80 - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Volvo S80 owners have reported a total of 1,195 problems for their cars built in the 18 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Volvo S80. The 2000 Volvo S80 cars have the most problems reported (433 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Volvo S80

Model Year Number of Problems
  2016 S80
1
  2015 S80
4
  2014 S80
1
  2013 S80
6
  2012 S80
5
  2011 S80
6
  2010 S80
16
  2009 S80
10
  2008 S80
27
  2007 S80
20
  2006 S80
16
  2005 S80
22
  2004 S80
58
  2003 S80
24
  2002 S80
54
  2001 S80
213
  2000 S80
433
  1999 S80
279

  Common problems of Volvo S80

The following chart shows the 25 most common problems for Volvo S80 cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's vehicle speed control (224 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (172 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Volvo S80

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Vehicle Speed Control
224
  Engine And Engine Cooling
172
  Electrical System
151
  Gasoline Fuel System
87
  Suspension
84
  Power Train
84
  Service Brakes
62
  Steering
51
  Other Fuel System
45
  Air Bag
41
   
  Visibility
36
  Exterior Lighting
26
  Equipment
26
  Seat Belt
23
  Unknown Or Other
18
  Structure
17
  Tire
14
  Wheel
12
  Electronic Stability Control
6
  Seats
6
  Parking Brake
4
  Latches/locks/linkage
3
  Air Brake
1
  Child Seat
1
  Traction Control System
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Volvo S80 of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across S80 model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Volvo S80 model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across S80 Model Years

S80
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2016 11,6003    
0.21
  2015 42,0474    
0.49
  2014 17185    
0.28
  2013 62,4906    
0.40
  2012 53,9247    
0.18
  2011 64,3698    
0.17
  2010 168,8719    
0.20
  2009 107,50110    
0.13
  2008 2711,37511    
0.22
  2007 2011,24312    
0.15
  2006 167,69813    
0.16
  2005 229,85914    
0.16
  2004 5819,78815    
0.20
  2003 248,24416    
0.18
  2002 5415,87217    
0.20
  2001 21325,78918    
0.46
  2000 43336,30019    
0.63

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Volvo S80 is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2014 S80
1
  2013 S80
1
  2010 S80
6
  2008 S80
2
  2007 S80
1
  2005 S80
2
  2004 S80
2
  2003 S80
4
  2001 S80
9
  2000 S80
11
  1999 S80
15


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