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Volvo S60



  • rghesselrghessel Posts: 122
    Is the stereo upgrade in the S60 the same stereo in the S80?

    You have NO idea how much influence an awesome stereo can have over my car purchase.

    The S60 has moved to the top of my list, neck and neck with the Saab 9-3 Arc (which isn't out yet). Then to decide...T5 or AWD? Any thoughts?
  • dmarcus48dmarcus48 Posts: 139
    I think the issue is that with a 16" wheel there's more side wall to absorb the shock than with a 17" wheel. But thanks for your reply anyway.

  • The seat belt take up on our 2002 S60 squeaks continually. It is very irritating to ride on the passenger seat and listen to this. We took it to the dealer and he found nothing wrong with it but agreed it squeaked. The service advisor told me he was going to order me a new one. After I had not heard from him I called back two weeks later. He than told me he was waiting to talk to his Volvo rep since he had two other customers with the same problem. After I expressed my displeasure he ordered a new one and guess what it still squeaks. He told me he went around to other s 60's and s80 on the lot and found that many of them do it. It only happens on the passenger side and only when the belt is at full extension. After I called him today to tell him it still squeaked he told me he would contact the volvo rep again and call me back. He later called me back and offered me a seat belt ex tender. However, he asked me to sign a waiver stating use of the extender may negate certain safety features. Well, safety is one reason we bought it. I am a big guy but can comfortably buckle the belt now. It does than extend to near the limit, it remains my opinion it should not do this. They seem not to be offering a solution to it. My wife, who is the principal user is very upset. We like the car but this is not the first time they have been unable to fix something. Anyone else have this seat belt issue? Also advise on how to proceed with the dealer and the escalation process. I believe I have had my last dealing with the service advisor and am ready to walk this one up.
  • rghesselrghessel Posts: 122
    Does anyone know when the S60 R is expected to be in showrooms?
  • wrxsoon1wrxsoon1 Posts: 158
    I believe the new R's (S60 and V70) are due in showrooms in March or so. At least that is what I've gathered from all my research so far. I'm very interested in the 70 myself. ;-)

  • OK, lots of people have commented on the rear seats not being great for a long trip. If I spend 35K for this car, can I go out with another couple for dinner and not mush their knees in the back seat? I don't sit too far back with the driver seat and most people I hang out with are 5'6" -5'11".

    Am I doomed to spending 8K more for the S80 because of the back seat?
  • desaljsdesaljs Posts: 24
    I would not be too concerned about rear seat space. I use my S60 alone most of the time. But I do transport adults back there for shorter trips and so far, no complaints. If you are only going to transport adults on shorter trips, I do not think you need to consider the S80. Besides, the S80 is at the end of its life and will be replaced in the not too distant future. I really like my S60 and find the size "cozy". Hope this helps.
  • rghesselrghessel Posts: 122
    Found this very detailed website about the upcoming S60R...

  • rghesselrghessel Posts: 122
    I never thought I'd consider a Volvo (!), but I'm very serious about getting an S60. I'm considering an AWD or the upcoming S60R.

    For current owners, a question:
     What do you like least about your S60? (I am sure there are so many things to like about the car, I find it more useful to hear about the gripes)

    On a side note, I'm really intrigued about the S60R. Anyone have any thoughts/advance info about it?

  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Advance info, 300hp AWD, 6spd manual.
    Semi-active suspension w/ 3 different damping modes.
    Basically, a sports car for the street.
    2000 to be built for America.
    Mean price somewhere around $43000.
    Do you like to drive fast?
    Do you like sports cars?
    If so go for it!
    Do you like comfort and quiet?
    Do you hate to shift gears?
    If so go with the S60 2.4T or AWD.

    Fianlly drove our 03 AWD, nice car.
    Almost as fast as the 2.4T and feels alot more stable.Plus you can get the T5 seats with it!
  • cmnottcmnott Posts: 200
    Hmmmm....that's a tough one. May I add that this car is a phenomenal winter car. Those Swedes have extremely cold weather and these cars certainly handle these tough conditions with aplomb. It has been consistently -30+C in Ottawa for a week and the car does not have that feel that it will crumble to pieces when you start it or drive it immediately after starting it. I don't warm it up and you cannot tell that it hasn't been warmed up. Amazing!

    I would have to say that the steering isn't the best I have sampled. Keep in mind that it is fine for everyday driving, it is when you drive aggressively that it doesn't respond as I would like. in time, you know how to throw your car, but on a test drive, it may put you off.
  • I'm assuming many of you know the R pricing for the US was announced. A VERY pleasant suprise for sure:

    Also, an FYI, (as well as is a great resource and a more active forum than this
  • My lease on '00 S80T6 is up in 4 + months. Test drove an '03 2.5TAWD S60 a couple days ago and had a good first impression. Looks like I can get close on the features I like most about the S80 - power/acceleration (albeit not quite as smooth), driver/cabin comfort (with sport package seats) and the great dolby pro-logic cd changer sound system, while improving on what I feel are the S80 shortcomings -suspension noises, less then crisp handling and torque pull. Has anybody else made/considering making this switch? Seems there are currently good pricing/lease incentives out there on existing stock of cars (I believe primarily on S60's and S80's) - I'm waiting to get numbers back from local dealer on the one I drove. The R seems like an interesting option - especially w/newest pricing figures. I was told they are only importing 2,000 to U.S. total. If true, seems it will be advance ordering prior to being able to test drive?
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    We've taken quite a few people from the S80 to the S60.
    Mostly for budget reasons.
    The 60 is more fun to drive.
    If you don't need the backseat, go with the 60.
    As for the R, we don't know when we will be getting a demo car.
  • avolvofanavolvofan Posts: 358
    And do not plan on getting any price concessions on the S60R. You will be lucky to pay MSRP without any dealer-added markup.
  • hclllhclll Posts: 35
    I am 6 feet 2 inch high and am cosidering an S60. Do you think the front room is ok for me or I need a larger car?

    Also, What is the price for an S60 2.4T with only leather and geartronic tranny? Is the rebate still available?
  • dmarcus48dmarcus48 Posts: 139
    I'm 6'5", 235 lbs, and have been test driving the s60, you will be very comfortable in it. Amazingly so.

  • For the third time my s60 awd is headed for the dealer next week for the squeaking brakes. The seat belt return continues to squeak and the service guy now tells me he has talked to the Volvo rep who will talk to the Volvo engineer about it. It has my wife so upset we have been driving my old jeep Cherokee the last week or so.
    I am 6'3" 250 and have no problems with the front of the S60 lots of room and great seats, if only the damned thing would not squeak. I want very much to love this car, but right now, i am not really happy with it.
  • dmarcus48dmarcus48 Posts: 139
     I went down to the Volvo dealer to try and figure out which s60 I wanted. I found out that I could get an s80 for the price of a loaded s60 awd. The s80 is a 2.9 model with the premium pkg, cold climate pkg, and 17" wheels. My concern is ... is the base engine on the 2.9 strong enough, and have the reliability problems with the s80 been fixed. The s80 is really a better choice for me because of the increased rear legroom over the s60. I'm comfortable in both. The s60 seems to me to be "sportier", but the s80 did drive and handle well.

    I realize I'm on the s60 forum, but I'd like to know what you guys think.
  • cmnottcmnott Posts: 200
    I am attributing this to the relentless, bitter cold and salt on our is constantly -30C for the last few weeks and they have been sueaking. If it continues, I will haveit serviced. What would they do? I don't have any loss of power or vibration...
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