Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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90 reader reviews for Volvo S60 Saloon.
  • 2.0T SE 4dr

    harrison peters , cheshire . Date: 05/02/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Have owned this automatic 02 reg car for last five years after owning a series of BMWsfrom new (328 saloon and 330ci coupe) Only negatives on S60 are main agent service costs,fuel consumption and turning circle. The former can be got round by using an independent agent like "Hallmark Volvo"; the one in Stockport is particularly good and about third cost of main agent!!! Positive points- was very good value a year old and has been very reliable with no faults, very comfortable long distance car,great on motorway where I think it is better than the benchmark BMW including latest 320 which tried as possible replacement last week.( the police seem to still use the S60 as the car of choice quite a lot) The cd and radio fitted as standard are very good and the black metallic and leather with 17" wheels make the car look pretty decent if not the most posey in the car park. The car feels safe and spacious and bigger than its class rivals and the engine and auto box make a good combination with reasonable mid range punch. I guess it is beginning to date a bit visually but it still seems easy on the eye.

  • 2.4D S 4dr

    Craig Power , Lancashire . Date: 31/01/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I purchased my D5S following a short loan of a company fleet car. I had previously owned a crushingly dull to drive S40 1.8, but found the S40 (the car having covered 175k) amazingly reliable with minimal maintenance. The fleet S60 was quick and comfortable, and came with references of 100k + mileages with total reliability from other S60 drivers,

    I purchased my 03 plate with 81k on the clock in Nov' 06 and the car has now covered 97k. Ownership is pain free and I intend to keep this car for a minimum further 3 years.

    Good points- 2nd hand value, solidity, motorway driving and fuel consumption, 2nd through 4th gear poke, ease of use, overall comfort, and the expectation that everything will work when I want it to...

    Acceptable bits - too light steering on initial turn-in, overall handling, brakes, noise and space. Ride quality could also be improved.

    Bad points - corrosion on alloys, overall visibility, parking the thing, foot down fuel economy, the stupid lid hinge of the central cup holder that breaks on most S60s. Oh...and the weight makes itself known if the back end does break free.

    Overall, I think the negatives are relatively minor when chalked against the pluses - this is a lot of motor for your money, a well specified family motor that I believe will prove trustworthy for years to come.

    Has anyone had a D5 chipped? Let me know if this is worth the money.

  • 2.4 D5 SE 4dr

    aidan ward , northants . Date: 27/01/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Update from previous entry and a bit of a moan: now at 41,000 miles, 31/2 years old and the gearbox needs to be removed and overhauled: Volvo tech journal: a known problem where the gearbox needs to be stripped down, the splines cleaned and regreased with an amended lubricant/grease. Affects cars up to 2004 (pre facelift). Cost 5.5 hours of labour so around £550-700 and Volvo very sniffy if car out of 3 year warranty. Used car warranty doesn’t cover all of cost (50% 'goodwill' only). Also door seals are splitting and perishing and again only a 50% goodwill gesture. This car is more unreliable than anything else I have had and Volvo dealers charge premium rates with mediocre service and Volvo Cars customer service leaves a lot to be desired. My advice: used car warranty not worth a jot and once out of warranty use a good independent. Volvo Cars CEO and board in UK take note: I think I will buy another brand next time.

  • 2.4D S 4dr

    Nic Davis Date: 02/01/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought my car in April 07 when it was 3 years old, and have been constantly impressed with the engine and seats ever since. However, it is the most annoying car I have ever owned - does 'easy of use' mean nothing to those at Volvo? the worst culprit are the automatic wipers which don't wipe when needed and go to full rally mode for no reason. The dealer says there is nothing wrong with the car and the 'technology is too advanced'. Thankfully I have a warranty which has covered the cost of a new steering rack, cup holders, software upgrade and another attempt for the dealer to service the car properly - they forgot to tighten the drive shaft bracket which caused an alarming knocking from the front end. At least the dealer has apologied and made a gesture of goodwill. There is also the fact not all the car locks immediately, I cannot find another car where there is a delay in the fuel cap locking. What is stopping someone from nicking my fuel after I have parked?! I often finding myself questioning 'Why?' Unfortunately I only uncovered these and other issues after I had owned the car for a few weeks, otherwise if I had been aware before I bought I would have walked away.

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