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Volvo S60



  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    In terms of peace of mind, the certified car is the way to go. They can however cost quite a bit more than a private party or non Volvo dealer car.
    Avg cost to certify a used Volvo, including the warranty is @ $3000. Plus, the dealer wants a profit.
  • philmophilmo Posts: 77
    Unless your bottom-feeding I'd look for a 3-year old lease return as it's likely been babied and will have approx. 36,000 miles on it, then consider an extended warranty. We did this with a Honda Civic where the extended warranty paid for itself within 2-years and is transferable to the next owner when we sell it -- a great selling point.

    As far as things to look for I can't make any recommendations as all-is-well with our 2002 at 57,000 miles.
  • If you buy from a dealer, like I did, do the usual: go at the end of the month. At the end of the day. And be prepared to walk out when he laughs at your offer. I did. I got a call 15 minutes later as I was heading home. I demanded it be certified for the price I offered, and it was. He needed to make his quota, I guess. (Sorry to lay this out here, Volvomax... it is what happened at my dealer...)

    Before all that, though, do test drive the hell out of it, and don't ignore the niggling things. Like I said, it's very solid feeling... there's rather a cockpit feel about it which you will need to like. (At least in my sporty T5)

    Good luck.
  • voxboyvoxboy Posts: 30
    That's fine advice, Confused7.
    I was also wondering if dealers sometimes allow buyers to accompany them to auctions where they can cherry-pick from newly off-lease cars. Volvomax?
  • Hello all,

    I was looking at consumer guide to see what car I want to buy and narrowed it down to 3. S60R, TL-S, G35s.

    They are all about the same price and similar warranties.

    One thing that stood out is 3yr/36K mi included maintenance on Volvos.

    Is this true?

    If so, why did the Volvo dealer not tell me?
    WHy does Volvo sell 3yr, 4yr, 5yr, 6yr and 7yr pre-paid maintenance packages?

    Has anyone bought one of these and if so, have you haggled the price down?

    Please help clarify

  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Well, your offer must have been better for the dealer than you think.
    Contrary to popular belief there are no such things as "quotas", esp for used cars.
    The desk, not the salesperson determines the price of the car. No desk manager worth his salt would lose money just to get a salesperson to a higher number, or himself for that matter.
    Obviously, the deal was good for you and the dealer and that is what matters in the end.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Free sched maintenance went away after the 05 model year.
    The first service is free on 06+ cars.
    Volvo currently sells pre-paid maintenance, but it isn't that great a deal.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    the auction houses don't allow any non dealer personnel.
  • Any new word on when the next gen S60 will be coming down the track? I just drove the new S80 3.2 and found it to be a huge improvement. If the S60 shows as much improvement, I'd strongly consider it.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    the new S60 will be MY2009 at the earliest.
  • Thanks for the update. The S80 is really a nice vehicle, hope Volvo does as well on their other upcoming models.
  • Just wondering what lifespan (miles) I can expect from my 04 S60 R, assuming I keep up with the service schedule and most miles ( 60%+) are on a highway ( so far total of 40K since 9/2003)
    I once heard, that turbos won't last as long.
    Any ideas?
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Nothing that I have seen leads me to assume that the S60 will have a shorter life span than any other Volvo, currently @ 18 yrs.
    Obviously, the better you maintain the car the longer it will live.
    The turbo should last the life of the engine.
  • rhart1rhart1 Posts: 1
    I know I have seen this info on here before, but now I can't find it. When I turn my car into a parking space or any other sharp turn my front "wheels" or something makes a horrible grating noise. I am taking it in to the dealer, but I would like to know beforehand what it possibly is. Thanks for any help.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,141
    steering stops need to be greased.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • I just experienced this problem on my 2001 S60 with 76K miles.
    It's a bushing on the lower control arm that's going bad.
    The dealer will charge $760 to replace all 4 at once. (It's only a $25 part). Then they recommend alignment.

    I also have had the steering fluid reservoir replaced twice due to a badly designed part. (At dealer's expense) I saw some other complaints about this on another forum. I know there was a service bulletin about the reservoir, but no recall.

    If others have this problem, we should contact Volvo and the NHTSA to get a recall going.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,141
    control arm bushings should give you noise going over bumps. the poster just describes a noise when making slow, sharp turns. are you sure you had the same symptoms?

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • I'm so sorry, I was confused about which problem was causing the noise at turning on my car. I mentioned this to hubby, & he reminded me the turning noise was due to the steering fluid leak. It did stop as soon as the reservoir was replaced and refilled. This is a known issue with this volvo -

    Now I have another issue. While the mechanic was fixing the control arm bushings today, he looked around and found a small leak at the power steering rack. After scanning some other forums briefly today, now I'm wondering if this leak has in any way been caused by the lack of power steering fluid in the system. anyone know?

    How long can I drive with the PS rack leaking? :(
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,141
    i'm not sure why low power steering fluid would actually cause a leak.

    So the reservoir was replaced? How long ago? Maybe a fitting was not tightened properly or even cross-threaded.

    You can drive forever with a PS leak. Just keep adding fluid. Its just not environmentally friendly or convenient, however.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • The PS reservoir was replaced a year ago, then again just this week for the same problem. The part is badly designed. I know there was a service bulletin about it.
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