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New member, new owner, '06 S80 V8

edited February 18 in Modern
Hi guys and gals, fairly fresh into Volvo ownership. I've dipped into a few different brands over the years and around August last year, my partner and I bought an '05 XC70 which was by far the best bang for buck, all rounder I've ever come across. That led me to look into what other Volvo creations are out there and thats how I found out about the S80. I wanted a P3, in Oyster Grey (otherwise I would have it wrapped), V8 and beige interior. Funnily enough there were two when i was looking. One at 60k km with the nav unit as pretty much the only option, and one at 160 k km with a list of options. Of course I went for more options. Cooled seats, woodgrain steering wheel and shifter, sunroof, premium sound without the dicky GPS, active suspension and a rear blind (is this an option?). A plane trip to QLD and a drive back to VIC and she's all mine. Only issues that I've found so far is the rear left speaker is blown and the passengers mirror folds in 50% of the time. The plasti dip everywhere wasn't doing it for me so that is all completely gone. Plans are to keep it as Volvo intended but with a few tasteful OEM upgrades like later tail lights, the later instrument cluster (I've been following the guys doing this and they're very close to figuring it all out), thinking of removing the aftermarket DRL kit and fitting the XC70 OEM DRL's, refit a Volvo badge to the rear as it has been debadged and fit the android/apple carplay unit.

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  • If 06... has the engine valley been drilled at some point?
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  • Thats on the list of things to check. Its not making any unusual sounds in the 2.5k km that I've put on it
  • Welcome. Awesome car.

    We (wife car's actually) have a 2010 YM S80 V8 R-Design which we adore. We picked up from SA with 90K km on it. One of the first things we did was get the transmission oil flushed. The old fluid was deep red in colour rather than completely black, and the guy who did it speculated it had either been changed before, or the car had been driven with a light foot.

    So IMO it would also be wise to get the transmission fluid checked at some point, and maybe flushed.

    When Ford owned Volvo, they said the transmissions were "sealed for life" and thus didn't need trans fluid changes, but the fact is that life is pretty short if the fluid isn't flushed. Note also that 2007 MY also got a revised transmission valve body.

    Also as Mister Bear alluded, they made a mod to the balance shaft bearing area in 2007 model year, due to water getting trapped in the valley when the engine was washed, so they added a drain hole from then on, and it should have been drilled on earlier versions.

    They are a fun car.



  • Thanks!
    Trans flush, haldex service and power steering flush is also on the list. Service book says that the coolant and brake fluid was changed at 140k km. I did read about that balance shaft bearing issue somewhere. I think there was a recall for all pre '07 right?
  • I believe so, yes. Mister Bear can confirm, he was a top-line Volvo tech in his previous life.
    Nik
  • Ex850RSnoopy (@Ex850R) Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Melbourne.
    Welcome!
    We had a test loan of one and loved it, was for the missus. But a mixup with another guy testing it and saying it was sold (which it wasn't.... Buggerit) we sought out and found an S80d5 fwd. 63K on it brilliant car but D5 is crap with single turbo. Needs a tune.. Active suspension can be had on Rockauto or get rid of it. It does nothing well at all...

    Good fun!
    Nik
  • Nik (@Nik) wrote: »
    Thanks!
    Trans flush, haldex service and power steering flush is also on the list. Service book says that the coolant and brake fluid was changed at 140k km. I did read about that balance shaft bearing issue somewhere. I think there was a recall for all pre '07 right?

    Yeah, just google and you will get the engine number cutoff

    When was the last time the car got serviced at Volvo?
  • TzantushkaTrent (@Tzantushka) E. suburbs - Melbourne
    Welcome!
    Nice car.

    I can't add any value in this thread - apart from 'straight pipe it!'.

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    Ex850R
  • Nik (@Nik) wrote: »
    Thanks!
    Trans flush, haldex service and power steering flush is also on the list. Service book says that the coolant and brake fluid was changed at 140k km. I did read about that balance shaft bearing issue somewhere. I think there was a recall for all pre '07 right?

    Yeah, just google and you will get the engine number cutoff

    When was the last time the car got serviced at Volvo?

    I've just booked it in at Berry Motor Group for all of the maintenance it currently needs. Services were kept up to date, it was serviced at Volvo until 60k km where it was sold to a guy in Perth who serviced it at a Euro specialist until 145k km then it went to a guy in Brisbane until 160k km who sold it to me as its next service came up
  • Welcome!
    Nice car.

    I can't add any value in this thread - apart from 'straight pipe it!'.

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/P4Vh0eidjUg"; frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    I've had a few straight piped cars and a bike, I bought this to be the sensible car that i never modify. I have my supercharged V8 Soarer if I want to be loud, haha
  • Nik (@Nik) wrote: »
    Nik (@Nik) wrote: »
    Thanks!
    Trans flush, haldex service and power steering flush is also on the list. Service book says that the coolant and brake fluid was changed at 140k km. I did read about that balance shaft bearing issue somewhere. I think there was a recall for all pre '07 right?

    Yeah, just google and you will get the engine number cutoff

    When was the last time the car got serviced at Volvo?

    I've just booked it in at Berry Motor Group for all of the maintenance it currently needs. Services were kept up to date, it was serviced at Volvo until 60k km where it was sold to a guy in Perth who serviced it at a Euro specialist until 145k km then it went to a guy in Brisbane until 160k km who sold it to me as its next service came up

    What year was the last year volvo touched it? there were some pretty major software updates still being released until ~2015

    canbus reload is about $200 at most dealers and can make quite a difference in the shift patterns and transmission life
    egadsEx850RNik
  • Lovely Volvo. Well done.

    "bought an '05 XC70 which was by far the best bang for buck, all rounder I've ever come across."

    :-) You get it.

    I get a kick out of people's reactions once they've experienced a Volvo. I've converted a couple of people at work now and it's like a light switch being flicked on.

    Still got the xc70?
    Nik
  • Nik (@Nik) wrote: »
    Nik (@Nik) wrote: »
    Thanks!
    Trans flush, haldex service and power steering flush is also on the list. Service book says that the coolant and brake fluid was changed at 140k km. I did read about that balance shaft bearing issue somewhere. I think there was a recall for all pre '07 right?

    Yeah, just google and you will get the engine number cutoff

    When was the last time the car got serviced at Volvo?

    I've just booked it in at Berry Motor Group for all of the maintenance it currently needs. Services were kept up to date, it was serviced at Volvo until 60k km where it was sold to a guy in Perth who serviced it at a Euro specialist until 145k km then it went to a guy in Brisbane until 160k km who sold it to me as its next service came up

    What year was the last year volvo touched it? there were some pretty major software updates still being released until ~2015

    canbus reload is about $200 at most dealers and can make quite a difference in the shift patterns and transmission life

    Its most recent service was at a Volvo dealership in Perth at 143k km, 24th March 2017. I'll ask Berry Motor Group about the canbus reload
  • Lovely Volvo. Well done.

    "bought an '05 XC70 which was by far the best bang for buck, all rounder I've ever come across."

    :-) You get it.

    I get a kick out of people's reactions once they've experienced a Volvo. I've converted a couple of people at work now and it's like a light switch being flicked on.

    Still got the xc70?

    Yes, its my partners daily go-getter and its also the dog taxi, haha

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  • edited February 20
    Oh yeah, i also have this sweet dealer brochure that was in the glovebox. Not sure how many of them are floating around
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  • What config is the dog hauler? 2.5T?
  • What config is the dog hauler? 2.5T?

    Indeed! Only has a few options that we really wanted. Heated seats and towbar, 7 Seater pack is a bonus. I've fit it up with window weathershields and an android auto compatible double din headunit with working cupholder

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    Ex850R
  • Nik (@Nik) wrote: »
    Nik (@Nik) wrote: »
    Nik (@Nik) wrote: »
    Thanks!
    Trans flush, haldex service and power steering flush is also on the list. Service book says that the coolant and brake fluid was changed at 140k km. I did read about that balance shaft bearing issue somewhere. I think there was a recall for all pre '07 right?

    Yeah, just google and you will get the engine number cutoff

    When was the last time the car got serviced at Volvo?

    I've just booked it in at Berry Motor Group for all of the maintenance it currently needs. Services were kept up to date, it was serviced at Volvo until 60k km where it was sold to a guy in Perth who serviced it at a Euro specialist until 145k km then it went to a guy in Brisbane until 160k km who sold it to me as its next service came up

    What year was the last year volvo touched it? there were some pretty major software updates still being released until ~2015

    canbus reload is about $200 at most dealers and can make quite a difference in the shift patterns and transmission life

    Its most recent service was at a Volvo dealership in Perth at 143k km, 24th March 2017. I'll ask Berry Motor Group about the canbus reload

    If it got a service in 2017 then it should have the latest software or close to it anyways
    I'm unaware of any indi shop in aus that can do software updates
  • They exclusively repair Volvo's and are recommended by all repair shops that won't touch them
  • Ex850RSnoopy (@Ex850R) Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Melbourne.
    Nik (@Nik) wrote: »
    They exclusively repair Volvo's and are recommended by all repair shops that won't touch them

    Berry's still send you to dealer for updates but you are at the best shop for all else.
    Nik
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