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Volvo S60



  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 8,862
    Instead of sarcasm how about:

    "Folks - I'd really appreciate any help out from anyone.

    Thanks in advance I do appreciate it."

    Or try picking up the phone and calling the service dept.

    I can't help you - I don't own a Volvo.
  • rparkrpark Posts: 14
    Sorry to be so ignorant, but where/how does one access this "hidden equalizer", or is this just a joke? I assume you are not referring to the bass/treble knob.
    I have an '04 AWD with the standard (HU-6xx) radio.
    Disappointed in the radio, but the car is awesome in the snow...
    Thanks for any explanation you can provide.
  • hold down the source button, turn on the radio still holding the source button. After a couple of seconds you should see the menu pop up.

    Try these settings:

    Front Low 1: 2
    Front Low 2: 3
    Front Mid: 4
    Front High: 6
    Rear Low: 6
    Rear Mid: 5
    Rear High: 6

  • rparkrpark Posts: 14
    Thanks, Dave, for your response - I'll give it a try!
  • Is there a button to engage automatic door locks on the Volvo S60? I'm not talking about child safety locks, but I want the doors to lock when I put the car in gear or take off and I just bought this car, and I'm having to manually lock the doors.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    No, there is no button to engage the auto locking feature.
    Your dealer would have to program that into the car.
  • if you just bought the car, the dealer should be able to make the change (vadis) as part of the adjustment period. I had it done on my s80 and they work great. It locks the car at about 10mph.
  • I presume that you just press the master lock button? You don't have to lock each door separately - a rear door that would be a problem. On my other car, a BMW, I de-actived the auto-lock feature. I prefer to lock myself thank you very much! I am familiar with carjackings and have had a number of relatives shot and my best friend killed so there is no way I want to be locked in a car on take-off when most vulnerable.
  • Anyone ever notice their driver's seat rocking on an S60? Mine's an '02 2.4T. When accelerating or under hard braking, you can really feel the seat move. (power seat) I've experienced this somewhat on a V70, but not as much. Next stop - service dept. Thought I'd check here first... I appreciate any comments!
  • Shouldn't rock, I've got an 03 s80 and I'm 6'5", 240 lbs, seat doesn't move at all and I've had a couple of cars that the seat did move so I know what you mean.
  • xmf314xmf314 Posts: 154
    I have an '01 S60 and the drivers seat is rock solid - no movement at all.

    Have your service department check it out,
  • I was very excited when I heard this but am unable to get it to work on an 05 T5 w/ the base stereo. Clues?



    PS: just got the iPod hook-up. Sweet- the EQ on the iPod carries through to the stereo. Having the iPod controls run through the stereo makes it almost worth the steep install price. (275 if you have satellite radio prep.)
  • dmarcus48dmarcus48 Posts: 139
    I think the radio in the 05 is different than early radios. You have individual buttons for memory stations where the earlier units have a single knob that you turn for presets. I think i remember reading that the hidden features aren't available on the newer radios.

  • rparkrpark Posts: 14
    I was wondering if anyone else has noticed something like this: On my'04 S60 AWD, I notice the throttle tip-in can be rather abrupt. If I am really careful and really light on the throttle, then take-off from a stop can be smooth. But for the most part, it's feels at first almost nothing, then it's too strong. It can get irritating at times. I also find if you need to hit it quick, there is a split second delay, then it goes. I realize this is an electronic set-up, not a cable; is this normal, or can it be reprogrammed? It's been this way since new. I would appreciate other people's experiences with their cars before I go to the dealer. Thanks!
  • dmarcus48dmarcus48 Posts: 139
    I would guess its the turbo kicking in.
  • moretjmoretj Posts: 13
    I need some advise. I recently purchased a 2003 S60 2.4T - Premium Package with 107,000km from a local dealership in Ontario. While I'm getting the 5yr/160,000km dealer warranty as part of the deal (expires Apr 2008) they are now trying to up sell with other "goodies". Apparently the vehicle never had dealer rustproofing/undercoating before it went on the road initially. They are now offering this to me at $399 + taxes (discount to dealer cost of $599 = taxes. Mileage is primarily highway, and the interior (taupe) of the car is in immaculate condition. The exterior is relatively clean (black) with the numerous stone chips on the front end - I'm guessing the previous owner lived in the country and drove on a gravel road. The dealership will be buffing out as many of the chips as possible. The dealership is trying to sell the rustproofing/undercoating on the strength that it will help deter rust forming on the underside of the vehicle. I'm not too sure about this argument reasoning that the underside as already been exposed to the both the winter (snow and salt) elements and stone chips and an application at this point wont help matters and doesn't seem whortwhile. Can I get others thoughts on this issue. Thanks.

    p.s. I need to get back to them quickly on this issue and a quick response would be appreciated. Thanks.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Volvo's are extensively rustproofed at the factory.
    Anything dealer applied is useless.
    Paint chips can't be buffed out, they can only be filled in.
  • rparkrpark Posts: 14
    Thanks - I had thought about the turbo, but that really didn't make sense because the RPMs are too low; besides, I can feel the "tug" as the turbo spools up shortly thereafter (I like that!). I was thinking it might be due to the electronic throttle (might be that plus programming for emissions). I think I'll drive another one and see if it's the same way.
  • moretjmoretj Posts: 13
    Thanks for the feedback. In respect to the stone chips on the front end of the vehicle is this something that a qualified body/paint shop can complete without making the job look like a touch up job?
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    depends on how serious the chips are.
    In some cases you simply have to repaint the hood and front end.
  • I am coming up for a 60,000 service and I checked with my indy about their diagnostics. They said although they do not subscribe to VIDA they have access to other software (they use a laptop on the shop floor) in order to do diagnostics. They said that it would be an illegal restraint of trade for a manufacturer require their cars to be serviced by a dealer in order to obtain the use of manufacturer generated software.

    Comments? :confuse:
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    The motor co's make their software available via subscription.
    If your shop doesn't want to subscribe, thats fine.
    But, alot of what goes on in a modern Volvo requires the manufacturers software. So, if they can't or won't get the necessary software from Volvo go somewhere else.
  • Hello all. New owner of a 2002 S60 T5 (33,000 miles.) Are there major maintenance items I can plan for that aren't presented in the owner's information? For instance, "don't believe that the timing belt will go 105,000" or "the water pump should be replaced at 60,000." thank you.
  • FYI
    I have just replaced the timing belt @106K, and according to my mechanic it was OK, so it was the true preventive maintenance. The original water pump is still there.
    I think, that modern maintenance schedule is rather conservative, and normally, no part require more frequent attention, unless it is truly faulty, and breaks prematurely
  • Some independent shops service a number of different makes, usually foreign. Is it feasible for these guys to subscribe to say Volvo and BMW and Mercedes and Jaguar and Saab etc etc ? It seems to me that if what you say is true about the software requirements than how do these independent shops stay in business?
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    mostly, they work on older pre-software cars.
    There are plenty of old Volvo's, Saab's and bimmers on the road to keep them busy.
    Some don't want to work on newer cars because of the software issue.
    Alot of older tech's are not comfortable w/ the newer technology.
    Some independents bring cars to the dealer to get the software. Of course, they charge their customers.
  • As the proportion of newer computerized cars grows then it look like the indy shops will become an endangered species.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    not necessarily.
    There will still be older cars to work on.
    Plus, they will still be able to do oil changes and other minor services.

    I don't think I would want someone who wasn't factory trained working on my $30-40,000 highly technical car, but thats just me.
  • For a scheduled service such as a 60,000 mile service, if there is nothing actually amiss with the car couldnt an indy service it without the software? As I understand the software is required as a diagnostic tool to figure out how to fix a problem when there is actually a problem. :confuse:
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    sometimes there are upgrades to the factory software, just like w/ Windows on your pc.
    Most of the time, you are just replacing worn parts.
    Just from a peace of mind standpoint I would prefer that major services are done by the dealer.
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