This is the first diesel car I have owned, all I can say is it's a big car (my wife likes the car but not to drive), smooth and very comfortable ride, plenty of power and well equiped. It's not a town car and come into it's own on dual / motorways.
The dealership in were very good - no high-pressure sales techniques, just a mature approach to mature buyers.
I have owned this car since Sept 03 (was ex demo with just 4k on the clock) - it is fully equipped, sat-nav, tv sunroof etc. my previous car was also an S60 T5 S (not much kit in it, hence the change) - both Geartronic mode. Undoubtedly most comfortable seats in any car around and it just eats up the miles. You can see the old bill use them! Had some issues with it, most irritating of all was persitent rattle from one of the rear brakes (It took Volvo UK a bit of time to sort this out but seemed to get there in the end)- also intermittent cold-start issue. It is a much nicer car than equivilent BMW & Merc - would I have another, yes, but probably a D5 Geartronic. Only real critism is the poor turning circle. I bought my wife a V50 2.0D last year - that's not bad either!
I have a D5 SE with the sport pack. This makes tyres a bit pricy and the ride quite hard, but I find the car very stable. Once up to motorway speeds the engine comes into its own being both powerful and efficient.
Driven at under 80mph, I have averaged 50 mpg. So far 91,000 miles in 2 years and everything seems to have settled in. Shopping around for servicing is essential as differences between dealer quotes are as much as 50% and paying more does not guarantee better service.
Overall the cabin is a great place to be with a fantastic sterio and amazingly comfortable seats. I regularly make five-hour trips with no discomfort.
I have had the S60 for three years from October 2001 (bought new) and covered 92,000 miles so far. The car is a dream, albeit not very exciting.
It is the most comfortable car to drive, and the only mechanical faults over this time have been light failures (a regular occurance).
The marque isn't exciting, but the drive is comfortable rather than interesting.
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