Auto Express's reliability ratings are based on our Driver Power survey of over 30,000 car owners. Ratings are the average for all owners of this car who responded. Individual owners’ ratings and comments appear below.
54-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

In the 1 year owned the car its gone back to dealer for:
warning light- due to auto electrican fitting parrot feed off stereo. Warning light- brake pedal criuse sensor malfunction - not warrenty.
Power steering pump - warrenty. Radiator - warrenty. However in general I like the car, it is reasonably economical for a big car but powerfull, comfortable, took 4 of us down to south of France and back no problem and is well equipped.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 5/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

A fantastic car, really underrated by the media, the D5 diesel can be a bit noisy under hard acceleration, but I think this is more a fault of the auto box as opposed to the engine, I had slightly poor radio reception, this was pointed out to the dealer on a routine service, and it was cured other than that it has been completely faultless a joy to own and very easy to drive for such a large car.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
56-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

This is my 11th Volvo & will be my last. Poor reliability, dreadful ride & handling (Sport model with 18" wheels) Worst of all are the heated ventilated seats which I was warned were a hard ride, but beleive me they are excruciatingly painful. Poor Build quality / finish issues summarise Geely dont know what they are letting themselves in for!

Reliability: 1/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2000-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems (faults) with anything but I am entering the realm of wear and tear affecting certain parts now, as its getting old... ! Not bad - bit thirsty returning just shy of 30mpg but in two years of use I have had to replace two tires (at ł70 each) and one aircon pump (ł60 from breakers yard - ł500 was quote for new replacement!!).

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2001-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

No real problems....excellent lpg ....tends to blow a lot of bulbs. Full service once a year....lpg @65p per litre.I bought the car 38 months ago for ł4650 (I think a bargain) and I have worked out if I run it for a full 5 years ,the difference between the cost of petrol/ lpg it will have paid for itself....running 9000 miles pa.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2005-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

A few niggles when I bought it at 96k miles. some were fixed under dealer warranty (fuses blown, faulty wiper motor, split in power steering cooler). some were just wear & tear. Insurance is cheaper than I'd expect, and on a 30-mile run it returns 52mpg average over 2 months which is good for a car this size.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
56-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Great car with a great look, very easy to use with the best seats in the business. RVs worst problem but thats a trade problem not the cars.

Very high spec for the money and very very safe, I've loved it.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
1999-reg Petrol, Owner for more than 5 years

4th volvo I have had and never had any major problems with any of them having completed over 600,000 miles between them. Lpg conversion 6 years ago was well worth the conversion cost of ł1700.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
55-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

I think its very comfortable and reliable and had no problems yet - the only thing i don't like is the boot isn't wide enough and the wide turning circle but that is fairly minor.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2004-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Three mots and failed first one this year - 1 worn wiper blade.no other problems at all. Main dealer servicing could be cheaper.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2005-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Never had a problem and this is the second s80 I have owned. Expensive tyres and newer models get better fuel consumption.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Apart from standard wear and tear items it has been faultless. They are more than reasonable for a big engined automatic.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2001-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Superb swedish build quality, totally reliable. If you want a big car then you expect to outlay more on running costs.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
04-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent car, a sofa and 2 armchairs with an engine.
Only major fault came from a tank-full of contaminated diesel

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2001-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent reliability what I would expect after 35 years driving only volvo's. Minimal to date—no concern.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2006-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Never had a problem. Never had a problem so dont know the cost of parts, fuel is good for such a large car.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

One recall, efficiently handled. no other problems. Heavy on tyres; everything else ok.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
53-reg Diesel, Owner for More than 5 years

Typical Volvo. Bullet proof reliability, extremely comfortable and built like a tank.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
Y-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

this was only a minor window mechanism problem. car is very reliable

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2007-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Excellent reliability to date. It's fine for a 4.4l engine.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2004-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Volvo is very safe and reliable. I wish the mpg was better.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
02-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

one of the best and most reliable cars ever made

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2006-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Solid build, reliable. Cheap to maintain.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
W-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

very reliable and comfortable

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

A good long distance drive.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2008-reg Diesel

No problems at akll

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

No problems so far

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5