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Volvo S60



  • My 2003 S-60 gas door hinge broke when I opened it. The hinge is very fragile. I guess I opened it too hard. Be careful and open slowly or it's off to the dealer to have it replaced.
  • How does one distinguish if they have the halogen or the more expensive Xenon headlight and turn signals?
  • Not sure this is going to help a great deal but.............Xenons' are a much brighter blue/white light. Unless you have midget/triple jointed fingers, getting a bulb out to look-see can be tricky, (at least from late '06 on). :mad: There may be a more definite way to ascertain which type you have. Look at this forum; quite possibly the best Volvo forum on the 'net. Great bunch of people and answers for just about everything - either in previous posts or by asking the question. Try a topic search first. There is an S60 section.

    Volvo Owners
  • 04 s60t..anyone have trouble with automatically searches for a station(i've been through the settings) and it won't tune anything above 1100 on the am dial.. my theory is is not properly grounded?
  • thats a good mine the daytime running lights are the same(brightness) as the headlights..i'm sure that is just the bulb in there ...but maybe not? frank
  • Very helpful, thanks. I was nearly certain they were not Xenons, and was correct.
  • Hello Alex. I've researched a lot. The trouble with the 2001 S60 is a feature Volvo built into the transmission. You can discuss this with the dealer. The idea was, when idling at a stoplight the transmission disengages from the engine, thus saving fuel. Unfortunately the constant disengagement / engagement causes the transmission to fail prematurely, but after warranty! You might feel the trans slip or something called flare up (engine revs) or even a clunking while the trans downshifts. Neither Volvo of North America or the dealership will repair this under extended warranty although this is a COMMON issue. It cost me $4,000 to have mine replaced. Careful about the drive shafts, another common issue is suspension components (bearings, spring seats) that fail. This could be misdiagnosed as drive shafts. Plead your case to Volvo of NA, maybe you'll have better luck than me. I will never own another Volvo as a result of this experience.
    Sacramento Ca
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Neither Volvo of North America or the dealership will repair this under extended warranty although this is a COMMON issue.

    Not true. Volvo has replaced transmissions under extended warranty.
    I have NEVER heard of Volvo failing to do this unless there was a clear case of abuse involved.
    I HAVE heard of aftermarket warranty companies jerking people around, but Volvo VIP doesn't do that.
  • I bought a used 2004 S60 which had the message screen output in French. I need to change it to English for my wife. How can I do this, or must I go to a Volvo dealer?
    It seems simple enough. Catman01
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Almost certain that has to be done by the dealer.
  • Thanks, Volvomax! I will try going to the dealer but I can't help thinking that a few maneuvers of the buttons will do it. Perhaps similar to the info for re-setting the service interval light? ( of 02/24/05) Going to the dealer would mean they would have to use the proprietary Volvo software to do it, and I doubt that this would be required. If you can find out about this I would appreciate it. Thanks!
  • We have driven Volvo's for almost 40 years. Our first was a 1970 that we had for 14 years until my husband lost control of the car when a bee flew in front of his face and ran into a 2 ft high concrete curb (for lack of a better word). He had 4 students in the car with him. He thought he had just ruined the tired but instead the entire passenger side frame was totalled. Fortunately, NO one hurt. We owned four 240's (one wagon that my husband rolled over in and climbed out without a scratch.) We now own a 1998 which seems to be getting to the point of needing too many expensive repairs, yet our 1991- 240 station wagon is hanging in there. I've heard since Ford bought Volvo's, they aren't what they use to be. The 240's can turn on a dime. I'm reading the 06 has terrible turning radius. Are the newer Volvo's worth the money? I'm looking to spend less than $15,000 and I found 2 dealer that has an 04 AWD S60 2.5T for $14,500.
  • I have a 2001 S60 T-5. Love the car!...but I have the yellow check engine light on and it's running rough. The RPM's are normal at idel, but runs poorly at idel and low RPM's. When the car is up around 2500 to 3000 RPM the car runs almost perfect and the check engine light blinks. Is this a sensor? I would like any help you can give!
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,892
    Are the newer Volvo's worth the money?

    In my opinion, yes.

    As far as I know, Ford has nothing to do with it. The vehicles are still completely designed and built by Volvo. So your '98 would have the same issues even if Volvo was still independent. The 240 was one of the most bulletproof cars ever made. Whereas I can understand you wanting something as reliable these days, it just ain't gonna happen.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • qbrozen,
    thanks for the reply. trying to decide between a pre-owned Volvo or an Acura TL.
  • You are correct about the S60 turning circle................the captain of a supertanker would feel right at home here. However, having had my '06 S60 D5 Se for a year now, I wouldn't swap it. You just get used to choosing your parking spots a tad more carefully. ;)

    As for quality - the Ford influence is not a bad one. Design & build is still all Volvo, (and absolutely so on the '06's), but the current crop are getting some Ford-sourced components; which is sensible. Of course, the trade is two-way and Ford Europe use the Volvo T5 engine in their hottest Focus here in Europe - which is quite a compliment.

    Can't comment on Acura as they aren't sold here in Euroland. S60 AWD is not a loved car here. Dealers seem to think the AWD system is not "Volvo Reliable", but that may be due to it's relative rarity. Folk tend to stick with the front-drive models and the superb D5 diesel engine is the big favourite, (but you can't get that, sorry). Why not look at an S80 also...........better turning circle and not massively bigger overall. Thing to do, as always, is to go and talk nicely to a dealer and drive an S60 and an S80, (and the Acura, of course). That will probably help make the choice easier.

    As for the old 240's. I fear the days of such bullet-proof build quality are now, sadly, gone - unless you empty the piggy bank for a Rolls Royce Phantom, perhaps ?

    Happy New Year when it arrives. :)
  • Hi Alltorque,

    Really do appreciate your comments. Going to test drive an Acura '06, Volvo S60, and will check out a few other Volvo models. We had one terrific Volvo mechanic which is one of the reasons we have driven Volvo's for 40 years. He has retired, and we knew we would be in this position when we could no longer depend on him. He was the best...reliable, efficient, friendly, and reasonable. Oh well, that's life... adjust or ??? A good New Year to you, too.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    You have to access the cars processors. The only way to do that is to interface w/ the dealers service computer.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,892
    Dealers seem to think the AWD system is not "Volvo Reliable"

    I can understand the hesitation. However, and I may be mistaken here of course, but it seems the problems surface in those vehicles that are much heavier (XC90) or have much more power (R vehicles). Seems as though the Haldex can't handle that much pressure, so the spline shaft (I think I have the name of the part wrong) has a higher than normal failure rate in those vehicles. If my assessment is correct, then I believe the S60 2.5T AWD and S40 AWD vehicles shouldn't develop that problem very often.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • I had to take my 02 Volvo S60 in today because mine has been making the same noise. They had to reset something on the gearbox (auto) and change the oil in the gearbox.

    My car only has 55K miles on it, so I think it's more of a maintenance issue and how the car is driven. I just bought it it three weeks ago used and I wasn't expecting the expense (161 pounds), although it's was alot cheaper than replacing the ETM which is what I thought it was.

    According to the mechanic when this has to be done it can bring on many symptoms. Mine was making very loud clunking and grinding noises when putting the car in Drive/Reverse especially from cold and over a couple of days it progressively got worse and it did it even after being completely warmed up. My car was also having trouble accelerating over 40 mph and it was getting horrible gas mileage.

    After this oil was changed in the gearbox today, I have not had any issues and the car drives like a dream again.
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