2004 Volvo S60 from North America


Is it reliable? Expensive to run?


The following things happen to most Volvo vehicles, as the same issues can be found in Volvo owners' discussions on forums.

This issues will probably happen to every Volvo; check whether the previous owner has done these repairs or not.

The following prices include parts and labor.

Steering pump leaking - around $1000.

Steering rack leaking inside the dust boots - $1500 to $2000.

A/C compressor wear and failure - $1500.

PCV system replacement (every 50K miles) - $700.

CV joints (axle) - $600 each (two of them).

Transmission repairs - about 1 in 3 vehicles will need a transmission rebuild. If your transmission 'slips' between the gears, it will probably need to be rebuilt - $5000.

Engine rebuild - not replacing in time the PCV system, will create sludge inside the engine, causing oil pressure loss and permanent engine damage - $6000.

Instrument cluster panel (the indicators panel behind the steering wheel) - $1500.

Timing belt and several belt pulleys need to be replaced at 100k miles intervals - $1000.

All other components are very durable in this vehicle.

General Comments:

All interior electric accessories are very durable and don't require repairs, except for the instrument cluster panel.

Shock absorbers don't last. They will cause a very rough ride over street imperfections. Comfort is lost, but replacement is not mandatory. Replacing the shocks is around $2000.

The car is very resistant to rust.

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

Review Date: 10th December, 2013

11th Dec 2013, 13:08

I can't comment on the rest of your costs, but $2000 for four new shock absorbers is larcenous.

11th Dec 2013, 16:31

I'm confused by this review. Did all of this actually happen to your car, or are you just saying these things 'might' happen to other people's Volvo's? It doesn't appear to be a review of your own car.

2004 Volvo S60 D5 SE from UK and Ireland


Hard to find a solid quality car at this price!


The handbrake cable is a bit loose, LOL.

Also, sometimes get the engine service required message, which is likely a dirty EGR - does not affect driving at all.

General Comments:

Brilliantly fuel efficient, you will not believe how good a big car like an S60 D5 till you drive it. Its 70 litre tank can exceed 900 miles if driven sensibly!

Normal town condition MPG is 40+, my other half has a Lexus IS220D, and in that, town mpg is 20+

The seats are the best in the business - period.

The audio system is superb.

The engine sounds brilliant - it's like half a V10.

The car also has a lot of torque, and loves being driven.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th January, 2011

2004 Volvo S60 2.4 V5 from North America


Great for a first car!


- The transmission will slip gears in between 2nd and 3rd.

- Sometimes the car will stall in the middle of a turn.

- Very complicated in terms of adding anything electronic to the car e.g. Sirius satellite radio or new rear deck speakers.

- Steering fluid has to be checked every 5000 miles or at least every 2 months.

- If you get wax on the plastic molding it ruins the finish (suggestion on keeping the molding looking amazing use "forever black").

- There can be a lot of things rattling around, the type that you can't find out where it's coming from, which can be annoying.

- The service light comes on about every 10000 miles, which is a factory default to have you come in and use their services, and will usually cost $98.00 to have the light turned off, which gets annoying, especially when there isn't anything wrong with the car. I've gotten used to it and ignored it.

- If you take apart the dashboard to install a satellite radio, a message comes up on the dash saying "SRS AIRBAG SERVICE URGENT" and will not go away unless you take it to the dealer, but there is nothing wrong with the airbags.

General Comments:

- Good acceleration for the weight of the car.

- Good handling.

- Great traction control.

- Looks great, especially if you keep the plastic molding free of wax.

- Great for a first car.

- I know I've complained about it a lot, but I love this car, I'm just very picky.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 2009