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VOLVO S60 Saloon 2000‑2008

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VOLVO S60 Saloon 2000‑2008

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shogunr

2004 S60R Manual - love,hate and love again!

VOLVO S60 2.5 4dr (Review date: 6th July '14)

4

I purchased my Sapphire Metallic Black S60 R with Atacama Orange soft grain leather and 6-speed manual, in Oct 2011. Owned it for almost 3 years and it has been both a pleasure and a pain to keep. I got a fantastic private deal and even now I could probably sell it for a profit. It is extremely rare with only around 250 sold in the UK; you will be hard-pressed to find anything to compare in this price bracket. It is a luxurious road-rocket and can be described as a family man's Mitsubishi Evo. It achieves 18mpg in town which is not too bad but the maintenance costs are high. It has some well-documented issues which need to be kept in check, but bear in mind this is a highly tuned sportscar with 300bhp and circa 5.5 0-60mph time. It could keep up with Audi S4's and BMW 335's on the track yet offers the comfort and safety of traditional Volvo's.

The pros are many and these are really what have ensure I have kept hold of the car and have yet to find a suitable alternative. Superb seats, high quality sound system, electric everything, xenons, AWD, stunning snow performance, handling like a train, and throaty 5-cylinder soundtrack and handsome looks.

The cons are (apart from reliability) are nuisance factors. Poor turning circle and squeaky callipers. It is imperative to check that the following have been address or checked for correct function: Fuel pressure sensor, exhaust corrosion, wheel hub bearings, spark plugs, oil leaks at cranks and cams, oil leaks at centre differential, turbo return pipe leak and the 'biggie' angle gear problems / failure!

I have recently had all the oil leaks fixed and had the alloys beautifully finished in Silver Sparkle. The car is clean, shiny and purring down the road - I'm back in love again!!

All in all, this car is a fantastic proposition for a family man (or woman) who wants something rapid, pretty but understated and a little bit different form the norm. For little initial outlay one can attain sport car performance and executive car luxury. However, be prepared to pay for its upkeep costs which will mount up over time. If these issues are addressed in a proper and timely manner then this will be all the car you will ever want or need!

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

3 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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davebristol

overcomplicated

VOLVO S60 2.4D Sport 4dr (Review date: 11th May '14)

3.5

A long time has passed from my old 245dl but things have not improved much, I like to make my own decision on things like do I want Day Running Lights and when my fuel flap locks.

Who decided to put a dual mass flywheel in an otherwise reliable drive train and then proceed by making handbrake shoes that fall apart wrecking the whole works for the sake of a couple of copper rivets, yes I know it's old technology but they have proven their bonding agent is inferior to that old rivet. This could have been a world beating car for the cost of a timing chain,belt driven water pump, single mass flywheel and making the ECU an Engine Control Unit rather than an Everything Control Unit. Why does it sell at all, I suspect it is because the rest are worse, the Focus I had certainly was.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

3 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

3 / 5
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paul5

RELIABLE LUXURY FOR PENNIES

VOLVO S60 2.4 D5 SE 4dr (Review date: 8th April '14)

5

My company car had gone & had ventured out on my own, so I had a tight budget. I purchased my then nine year old Volvo S60 D5, for a song. It had 118,000 miles on the clock, but looked like new bar the odd scratch on the lower part of the body & drove perfectly .

Since then, I it has only ever seen a garage for servicing & a new cam belt & drives like new. The economy is amazing for such a heavy car, now I'm not 100% certain how accurate the cars computer is, but it's telling me I average 55.2 mpg & to be honest, I don't think it's that far out, yet when required the 165 bhp engine can fly. From what my local Volvo specialist tells me, this model is one of the few cars that fairs better than the official mpg figures.

Economy - The most comfortable & supportive leather seats I have ever sat in - Reliability - Road holding - Quality stereo - Plenty of space in the front - Eats up the miles - Good performance - Good all round vision - Well built cabin with zero squeaks & rattles - Excellent driving position - Overall decent running costs

Cons...

Whilst the road holding is good, the handling is strangely average - The poor turning circle makes you look like a clown in car parks - The auto wipers have a mind of their own - No warning buzzer if you leave your sidelights on after leaving the car - Seriously lacking in leg space for rear passengers

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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samuels

Stunning Car!

VOLVO S60 2.4D SE Lux 4dr Geartronic (Review date: 8th November '13)

5

Overall:

This is now my third Volvo S60, this one being the 185 bhp geartronic. I bought it used with 33k miles 3 years ago,

The car is brilliant, it has performed faultlessly and never put a foot wrong despite the huge amount of electronics in the car.

I chose this car over a BMW 5 series and Mercedes E class, I have back problems and have never owned a car as comfortable as this.

Build Quality:

I have come to appreciate the cars build quality when driving in other cars - Merc and BMW included where I think to myself that it is not as well built as my Volvo.

Running costs:

It is a 2.4 185 bhp car, it has never gone into a garage other than for its regular service. average service cost is between £300 and £400.

Equated to the pleasure I get driving the car that is reasonable so far as I am concerned.

Performance and Economy:

Its quick! and has more than enough power, the 2.4 5 cylinder engine is really torquey and pulls with an almost disdainful ease, it is perfectly mated to the 6 speed automatic (my previous one had a 5 speed that was too tall geared for my liking)

Overall this car is brilliant, no doubt that my next car will be a Volvo S80.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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misterfox63

Practical saloon, great engine.

VOLVO S60 2.4D SE 4dr (Review date: 3rd September '13)

4.5

I bought my S60 6 months ago after 7 years with an excellent Skoda Superb, choosing the Volvo for reliability and build quality. I'm very happy with those factors but rather surprised at how short of space it is. I'm 6'2'' and have to limit my legroom to leave room for a passenger behind me. Also space for driver is limited with the handbrake being a bit in the way. Many peripheral controls seem a little far back for my natural preference. Overall comfort is excellent though.Turning circle is greater than expected. Those are all the bad bits. The car is loaded with quality equipment and useful gadgets. The factory sound system is excellent. Boot space is good for the size of car.The whole vehicle oozes quality and is a pleasure to drive. Basic maintenance is easy enough and this model has been around long enough to guarantee a good supply of cheap parts.

The creamy D5 engine is its crowning glory. I was looking for a 185 engine, but ended up with a newer vehicle and a 163PS. I have not been disappointed at any time. Overtaking is easy, accompanied by the evocative soundtrack of the D5. Handling is surefooted if not sporty, but very stable at 3 figure speeds. It is also very quiet at higher cruising speeds.

Many people would label this an old man's car. I have a little smug smile every time I turn the key. When I swap it I will get an S80 D5.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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chief2221

Great Commuter Car

VOLVO S60 2.4 D5 S 4dr [Geartronic] (Review date: 1st September '13)

5

I wanted a reliable, safe and comfortable diesel as I commute about 80 miles per day. My S60 D5 (04 plate) has now done 219k and has only had routine servicing. It has never let me down (less going into limp mode now and then!) and has become a much loved family friend. I regularly get 55 mpg on my motorway commute and try and treat her with respect. Servicing is very reasonable as I have found a very good Volvo specialist and apart from main dealer and the specialist noone else has touched her. I hope to get another 200k from her before I even think about changing her.

Of course there are some minor issues; I don't like the turning circle although I've got used to it and the rear passenger space is minimal. Otherwise, it's been perfect for our needs.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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honestjohn

Lovely and reliable Volvo S60

VOLVO S60 2.0 T SE 4dr Auto (Review date: 27th August '13)

5

very sustainable, economical and brilliant car. Never let me down...

Acknowledged as a class leader in safety, the Volvo S60 is packed with gadgetry. There’s electronic stability control and a full complement of airbags, plus they Safety feature, too.

lovely features, adaptive cruise control.he Volvo S60 is the Swedish maker's offering in the big selling compact executive class. It faces very tough competition from the Audi A4, Mercedes C-Class and the driver-orientated BMW 3 Series. the Volvo badge, yet the core brand values of safety and comfort haven’t been forgotten in the push for driving dynamics and desirability.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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pjtate

Honest review of 20lt S60 Volvo

VOLVO S60 2.0 T S 4dr Auto (Review date: 3rd July '13)

4

Nice car to look at. Nice car to drive. I'd prefer the T5 2.3 or the 2.4 se model as this one is a wee bit lethargic. Turning circle is crap. Fuel consumption is on par for this size car. I love the sound of the straight 5 cylinder. Sits well on the road & definitely looks better than mondeo or bmw. Ultra safe with more curtains than Buckingham Pallace! Would I buy another one? Yes, but a manual.Boot entrance not that good but,it was the look of the car that attracted me.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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juliett

Excellent car

VOLVO S60 D5 Sport 4dr Geartronic (Review date: 5th April '13)

4.5

Comfortable , reliable swedish monster. Avg fuel consumption 40mpg (7.5l-62 miles) automatic gearbox. Due to buing and servicing costs; better than german rivals- BMW,Audi,Mercedes. Not too big boot.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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georgebarrie

a wonderful car but!!

VOLVO S60 2.4 D5 SE 4dr (Review date: 20th December '12)

4.8

this is my 6th volvo, the immediate previous one an s40

the s60 drives beautifully, extremely comfortable, the seats are like a wonderful armchair, very quiet.

the fuel consumption is staggering, it is never less than 44mpg around town, on motorways i regularly get 80-90mpg

recently had to replace the engine, the auxiliary drive belt tensioner, which is made of metal and plastic, (only volvo can answer that), disintegrated. it threw the belt into the path of the cam belt, it jammed the belt, causing the tensioner to snap part of the casting on the block, wrecking the block, . in fitting the engine i have had all belts, tensioners, water pump and hoses changed, as well as a major service, all coolant and gearbox oil changed

both engines purr beautifully, they don't sound like diesels at all.

i have also had the steering rack changed

if you buy an s60 get the above done as a matter of priority.

the air con condenser radiator is at the front of the car, it is prone to being hit by stones and can damage it enough to cause leaks on the system

it also had to have the instrument cluster repaired, it would go off and on, you got no instruments at all. apparently it is a known problem, same as with some french cars!! company in bradford did an economic repair that will not go wrong again

hopefully, now i have a car that will give me legendary Volvo reliability

my wish for christmas is to have a car that gives me no further problems next year

on a final note, be very wary of "warranty insurance" policies. the one i have is not worth the paper it is written, they have more get out clauses and the one i have doesn't include labour

all the items above, i thought were covered. have had to pay for all of them myself

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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