2001 Volvo S60 Reviews
2001 Volvo S60 Reviews and Owner Comments
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I had a volvo S60T5 with the five speed manual. Until i werecked it in a car/truck accident it was stupendous. Loved it. No issues of any kind. I replaced it with an automatic V70 t5, which has been a constant headache. nothing but a money pit, and "ll never buy another. Its strange what a difference a manual transmission will make.
From mile 0 to mile 178,000 my 2.3 liter T5 has been one of the best cars I've ever owned. It has great acceleration when needed, but gets almost 30 mpg on the highway. The only bad experience was when the Ford-inspired throttle body had to be replaced in year 3. I sent it off to college with my daughter this year and bought a new 2012 S60RT6 AWD... after a few months I'm not convinced I have the better car. The 3.0 liter powerplant isn't as zippy as the 2.5 liter in the early "S60R" versions, undoubtedly more influence by Ford. I may have to switch cars with her when she comes home for Christmas.
Volvo S60 T5 Nice car with a lot of small issues that cost a lot.
This car now has 144k on it. This is what anyone buying a used one absolutely needs to know. 1) If the timing belt has not been changed at the recommended 105k miles it will be a $500-$600 repair. These have to be done on schedule so this is one of the first questions you should as (there should be a sticker in the engine compartment telling you when it was last done). 2) But just as important is the ETM (Electronic Throttle Module) which has a 94% fail rate at 100,000 miles and usually all fail soon after. This is a $1000 repair and much controversy surrounded this part due to the fact that everyone has had an issue with it AND due to the price of the repair. It was so problematic that Volvo quietly extended the warranty for this part to 10 years/200k miles (http://vexedvolvo.org). I found this out, luckily, before my car's time expired and have already been to the dealer to confirm that Volvo will pay for this repair, do not buy this car unless you know you can get it replaced by Volvo under the warranty or that it has been fixed already and the software upgraded. 3. If these cars have not had regular maintenance you are asking for trouble. At 144k my tranny is still functioning fine but have heard nightmares of the automatics failing. No one can tell me why but many experts have told me to keep the original tranny fluid in the car as changing it sometimes is worse than keeping the original in if it is working fine at this higher mileage. I took the center cup holder lid off and called it a day, not worth replacing and how often does anyone keep it closed anyway? This car is small, about the size of a 1999-2005BMW 3 series so the back seat is best for short trips and kids. Front seats are amazing. The 2.4T is quick too. Handling is OK, not great, not awful. It isn't a BMW and with the used car prices you can get one for 3-4k less so it is worth it due to the overall safety, front wheel drive traction, and nearly as good build quality. I think the 3 Series is more reliable however. Each car is unique but be prepared to spend money to keep this car on the road. If you don't have a local Volvo specialist or alternative to the dealer you will be raped so be warned. My dealer is 100 bucks an hour, the guy I found who specializes here is $65. I also buy all my parts online and save 50% on average so it is well worth the effort and I recommend FCPGroton as they free ship for big orders. If you can find a cheap, dealer maintained car where the timing belt and TCM have been addressed go for it. Stay away from beaters they aren't worth it.
Various exterior lights burn out regularly, but light bulbs are cheap and the occurrences have been less often since I'm replacing with long-life aftermarket bulb replacements. Had the MAP sensor and Computer Module issues, but they fixed for free. This is a really comfortable car and fun to drive. The only disappointment in day-to-day driving is its turning radius is poor, meaning pulling into a parking space is sometimes difficult. Since they fixed all my problems at their cost (so far), and light bulbs are cheap and easy to replace, I'm very happy with this car.