What should I look for in a used Volvo V60 estate?
With its new ‘lifestyle’ agenda, the V60 will have been used on school runs and family holidays and for shopping in tight city-centre car parks, so check the bodywork carefully for scuffs and dents, and the alloy wheels, if fitted, for any kerb damage. Check the operation of the rear tailgate, and that the rear seats drop easily. The automatic gearbox requires new fluid every three years, so check paperwork to make sure this has been carried out.
On the whole, the V60 has a good reputation for reliability. Early diesel-engined cars could have problems with diesel particulate filters clogging, but this was often remedied with a good, long drive. Clunks have also been reported at low revs in the diesels, although this hasn’t necessarily led to the car breaking down. Problems were also reported with the EGRs of certain D4-engined cars, leading to the check engine light coming on and the car occasionally going into limp home mode.
There was good news in our most recent reliability survey, however, with the V60 coming top in the executive cars class with an excellent overall score of 99%. Just 6% of V60s had a problem of any sort, mostly connected to bodywork issues. Volvo as a brand finished in 20th place out of 37 manufacturers in our most recent reliability survey.
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