2002 Volvo S60 Reviews

2002 Volvo S60 Base 2.4 non turbo from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.4 non turbo Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired63000 miles
Most recent distance176000 miles
Previous carVolvo 240

Summary:

The best sedan from Volvo ever

Faults:

The ignition cylinder locked up at about 160,000 miles.

Passenger front seat ripped at seam at 125,000.

Passenger CV boot torn at 150,000.

General Comments:

The throttle response was smooth and even; no jerk.

Acceleration is strong for a non turbo.

The stereo (base model) was outstanding with chest pounding bass.

The cruise control lacks an incremental increase/decrease feature.

Driver seat adjustment and memory is a luxury that spoils the various drivers that use the car in our household.

The heated seats are addictive in fall/winter seasons.

Light cleaning wipers are a novelty that is not really needed.

Burns through rear position light bulbs almost every two months, it seemed to be a common quirk with fellow S60 owners I encountered.

Dealer service was excellent but pricey; I changed to a local independent for service.

Styling is tastefully sexy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th December, 2010

2002 Volvo S60 T5 from UK and Ireland

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 miles
Most recent distance88000 miles
Previous carVolvo S60

Summary:

Great performance - rubbish gearbox

Faults:

Auto transmission died at 87,000 miles. The gearbox is under specified for this car. Volvo UK and Volvo global said they think this is normal failure. The problem is probably made worse by their no change of transmission fluid policy.

General Comments:

Really comfortable.

Great features.

Really quick.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 28th October, 2010

2002 Volvo S60 2.4T SE from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired116000 miles
Most recent distance117000 miles
Previous carRenault Scenic

Summary:

Best car I have owned... by far! And cheap!

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

I wanted a cheap runabout after my wife bought a new MBA 160.

I previously had a Volvo S80, but wanted something smaller and saw this for less than £2K.

The car is a real wolf in sheep's clothing and I love it! It is reliable, comfortable, still turns heads and is a perfect high speed cruiser. Fuel around town is about 26 MPG on the motorway at 70 MPHit is closer to 40 MPG.

The wide tyres (225 45 17) are a bit noisy and the turning circle is not the smallest. These are my only negative comments but even these aren't really negative.

Would I buy one again? Without hesitation! If I give it away after a couple of years, I have lost less than the average motorist loses annually.

Overall, it's a fantastic car for very little money. Go for it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th August, 2010

2002 Volvo S60 S 2.4 D5 from UK and Ireland

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.4 D5 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired165000 miles
Most recent distance190000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Passat

Summary:

Excellent

Faults:

Alternator clutch pulley, auxiliary fuel pump from the tank.

General Comments:

Best car I have ever owned. I bought it with high mileage, 160.000 miles. I drove it up to 190.000 miles and it looks like it will run at least 150.000 more miles.

I have full history from the car. It was faultless until the auxiliary pump and pulley broke... after 6 years and 170.000 miles. Now it needs a full service including most of the suspension bushes, but it is normal after all this years and mileage. I was reluctant before buying the car because I heard of many problems with D5 regarding fuel injectors. Mine is 190.000 miles and increasing fast. Start first time even if it's -20 degrees or +40 (you get this difference of temperature in Romania).

Regarding the performance, I LOVE IT. I had a Passat 1.8 T with modified engine up to 220 bhp, but I can't compare it with the D5. In a straight line the Passat would be faster, but on a normal road from any point of view S60 is better. Better handling, better and BIGGER brakes, the torque and power is very well delivered.

Ride is quite hard; you feel the bumps in the road, especially on 17` or bigger wheels, but for the handling that it offers it's perfect.

The car is perfect for long distances. When on motorway, set cruise control at 80mph if in UK, or 110 in Germany, and relax in the orthopedic leather seats with the Dolby Prologic sound system. When driving on twisty roads disengage cruise control... and enjoy. It is a rival for any BMW or Audi with a diesel engine up to 3000cc.

Fuel consumption is very good. I easily get 50mpg on long run and gentle foot up to 80mph (6L/100km) or 45mpg if I am in a hurry with speeds up to 110-115mph (6.8L/100km). Round town I get something like 30-35mpg (8.5-9L/100km)

What I don't like... well the turning circle is very poor, but you get used to it in time.

The rear leg room is awful if you have 2 medium to large adults in the front. I am 6.0 (1.84) and 93 kg, so in the rear seat only a slim person or a female would fit.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th July, 2009

22nd Jan 2010, 20:44

My odometer now reads 210.000 miles. Since my previous post I have done an alternator rebuild, some suspension bushes (they are quite cheap compared to other cars I have owned) and replaced the turbo. The air conditioning pump is on the way as well. I have checked the fuel injectors, and after all this mileage, still have loads of life left.

It seems that after all this, I will have a car good to go for at least 100.000 miles without repairs, hopefully.

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 24 reviews