2003 Volvo S60 SE 2.4T petrol from UK and Ireland


Beautiful looking, ugly reliability


Cold starting problems (Still not fixed after 4 attempts)

Battery goes flat if car not used for more than a week.

Too many squeaks & rattles.

Rain sensors unreliable (Intermittent are better)

Electric seats keep resetting themselves.

Gearbox very jerky when in traffic.

General Comments:

Why did Ford have to poke their nose in and lower the quality of what was once good, reliable & solidly-built cars? I have driven Volvos in the past and have been very impressed by the build quality and solid feel. I'm sorry to say, but, the one I have now seems to be falling apart at the seams with one problem after another. The dealer appears to do nothing to fix it and they say, "We downloaded new software" is the fix to everything - it's not! I picked my car up recently after attempt no. 4 to fix the cold start problems and the dealer even put a dent in my rear passenger door and curbed an alloy wheel for good measure. I have contacted Trading Standards and I am considering formally rejecting this obnoxious lump of metal and demand a realistic refund allowing for minor depreciation. The only nice things I can say about this car is that the seats are very comfortable and the audio system sounds superb. This is also the first great-looking car that Volvo has built!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th February, 2004

18th Nov 2006, 04:09

Without Ford Motor Company, it is quite possible there would be no Volvo! There would certainly not be cars of the quality Volvo are presently producing. Have a look at SAAB to see how a one time innovative manufacturer of good quality cars has slumped due to lack of investment by GM.

18th Nov 2006, 09:33

Hey - if ford didn't own volvo, the quality would be better still!

6th Apr 2007, 18:28

I have a VOLVO to welcome to the unreliable auto club.

I have owned only Fords in my life and cannot believe this company is owned by them. I'm thinking about tearing off the sheet metal and bolting it on my Ranger then I would have a nice looking dependable car.