2001 Volvo S60 2.0L turbo from Sri Lanka

Summary:

A great car with great value and a great package

Faults:

All the front lower-arm bushes and the top spring mounts were busted.

The coolant reservoir tank has cracks and leaks, and the power steering fluid reservoir is swollen and leaks from the cap.

The A/C blower motor is making a really big rattle.

Spare wheel locking nut is broken.

There's a gear oil leak that needs to be found and fixed.

General Comments:

Well, we bought this car as a replacement for our Pug 306. Our initial goal was to go for an S40 diesel, but ended up with this as all the S40s we looked were total crap.

This was imported to Sri Lanka in 2005 as a used car from the UK, and basically I'm the second owner in Sri Lanka.

The previous owners had neglected to maintain the car properly, and the interior of the car is in bad shape. Though the seats and all are good, the dashboard, door cards and switch panels all seem to be in need of replacement.

But the audio setup and the rest works completely fine. Has superb braking, even with worn out pads & rotors. Sometimes I fear that someone might rear-end me because of the stopping power.

The engine is powerful too. This is the fastest car I've driven and owned. It lets you overtake when needed, and gives that extra power when required.

One of the complaints that I have is that the car is very low to the ground. It may be good for Europe/USA and the likes, but for us where we have uneven roads and large pot holes, the car gets rubbed on the underside.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th June, 2010

2001 Volvo S60 2.4T from United Arab Emirates

Summary:

Safe and comfortable car

Faults:

Gear box had to be replaced at 105000 km. Cost a fortune with the dealer.

Car makes a noise going over bumps.

Front left indicator bulb connection is loose and gives a warning message to replace the bulb.

General Comments:

Rear leg room is really too little.

Performance and safety is good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st July, 2009

2001 Volvo S60 TS turbo intercooler petrol 5 cylinder from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Even in standard form, this car is far more fun to own than my Honda Accord Type R was

Faults:

Passenger door handle retaining bolt sheared off by repeated (very) hard slamming that saw my girl grounded!

Fuel level display indicator not functioning.

General Comments:

A road warrior, incognito - very cheap project car.

Best looking saloon with styling features simply not witnessed in other manufacturer's products.

Little money required to turn this S60 2.0T into a muscle car with double the torque of an Accord Type R (UK spec), and a touch more BHP through traction control that the Honda does not include as standard.

Police and vandals seem to look past you, in search of more obvious targets.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th June, 2008

12th Jun 2008, 10:52

Is it faster than the accord type r in standard form?

12th Jun 2008, 13:46

What have you done to it? I sometimes feel mine could do with a bit more pep.

I hear 230 bhp is easily achievable.

6th Jul 2008, 03:53

No it's quite a way slower than a Type R as standard, but frankly it's not a sports car. It was never meant to be. Everything is set up for comfort and ease of use rather than dynamics or feel.

The 2.0T makes 180 bhp as standard. 0-60 in 8.2 seconds and 140 mph according to Autocar. Don't forget though, this is the entry level model. There is no such thing as a slow S60.

The 2.4T makes 200 bhp, the T5 250 bhp and the R 300 bhp. They're bombproof engines which can easily take sensible tuning. 230 bhp is easily available for the 2.0T and the T5 engine is now legendary for its ability to be tweaked to ridiculous outputs. 400+ bhp is available if you have the money to spend.

Wouldn't want that through the front wheels though, but each to their own.

2001 Volvo S60 2.4t from North America

Summary:

Do not keep for more than two years from new, and while still under warranty

Faults:

Electrical problems from beginning.

Air conditioning system gone at 80000.

Electronic computer chip gone at 85000.

Ball joints.

Control arms bushings.

Turbo seals.

And now immobilizer antennae at 97000.

To fix everything wrong with this Ford would mean spending more than double the car's worth.

General Comments:

Handled and drove well, but the high cost of maintenance and repair, in my opinion, makes this one of the worst products on the road. Would never recommend one.

Also own two Acura TL's, a Maxima, and a Lotus Elan. All much superior autos.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th March, 2008