2006 Volvo S60 2.5T from North America


I love and admire my Volvo; I take care of it and it takes care of me


Several bulbs in the tail light assembly have burned out. Really. That is it. The message was relayed immediately and I took it to the Volvo dealer; $4.95 for each bulb, free installation. The mechanic smiled and said, 'Don't get used to the idea that this is what repairs cost." But the really funny part is that this is the only repair the car has ever needed. So far, I should say, and knock on wood.

General Comments:

This Volvo S60 2.5T is beautiful, solid, and very quick, probably too responsive for a person with a tendency to enjoy speed, as I do. So far I've managed to stay out of trouble, that is, no tickets yet for enjoying its verve.

Maintenance & parts for Volvos are not cheap -- my new Pirellis (the ones it came with were done at 44K) cost $850 (from the dealer) - but the dealer has been helpful in keeping costs under control. I like having the dealer responsible for maintenance, seems to me an insurance policy in itself, and I don't see all that much value in going to mechanics who don't know the cars the way Volvo mechanics know them.

The one almost funny failing of the car is the wheel turning base - whoever coined the phrase 'turns on a dime' was not thinking of this car. Very wide. But I can live with that. This is so far and away the nicest car I've ever owned or been party to driving - feel so smart and safe and comfortable in it, always a pleasure to see it blinking hello when I push the unlock button. Oh, and it does not honk to say it is locked - just discreetly winks - a real plus in my book. That honking other cars do to say they are locked is so self-importantly dorky - I've always hated it, so I truly appreciate the Volvo's discretion.

I drive it about half in the city and half cross-country. It gets very good mileage, especially for so solid a car -- about 22 in town and 28 on the road -- the read-out usually is '26' current average mileage. Considering that it has had no repairs of any kind, it actually seems to turn out to be inexpensive to drive.

Its warranty will run out 6K miles before its 4 years are up; I've decided - after much waffling - to put the $3K in a savings account rather than give it to the insurance companies who sell the extended warranties. IF all the things that haven't gone wrong -- that is, everything, apparently -- suddenly do go wrong, well, then I lose. If it keeps up the good work of being a great solid car, I win. For my part, I will continue to take perfect care of this so far perfect car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th February, 2010

2006 Volvo S60 2.5t from North America


I purchased the car used just over a year ago. Due to high fuel cost I needed to trade in my Ford F150. The Volvo was supposed to get better gas mileage than similar cars in the same class, which may be true, however the cost of repairs is almost as bad as paying for fuel when it reached $4.00 a gallon.

I've had to replace my front and rear brakes and rotors; $500.00 for the front and $480.00 for the back.

I have to replace my radiator, cost $1,080.

Other minor repairs include fuses (there are 4 fuse panels in this car), rear position lights (what ever they are), wheel alignment, $100.00 and tires about $660.00.

If I had to do it over, I would NOT purchase another Volvo. The maintenance costs are outrageous.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th October, 2009

30th Oct 2009, 06:18

I'm from the UK, also with an S60 and there is no way a radiator should cost over a thousand dollars, outrageous, search the web and get one a lot cheaper and get an indy to fit it.

26th Feb 2010, 01:19

I just had my radiator replaced and I was quoted to 400 euro including labor... and I thought that's expensive.

2nd Jun 2010, 08:33

Wonder why the all the tyres and brakes wore out so quickly. Strange.

21st Jul 2010, 10:55

It sounds like you need to find a more trustworthy mechanic. The fact that you "needed" to replace all four rotors suggests that he's trying to get as much money out of you as he can.

21st Jul 2010, 11:01

Just about all of the prices you listed are at least twice what they should be. Find a new mechanic.

20th Sep 2011, 18:18

Except the cost of fuel - try €6.80 a gallon!

21st Oct 2013, 11:49

Volvo parts prices at Volvo dealer are awfully exaggerated. For some parts it's a good idea to buy from them, but other parts such as the brakes or the radiator, forget the dealer and buy non original (and shop around). Volvo fans will tell you that is a big mistake; the truth is most non original parts will work well on this car, as long as those are not refurbished. The brakes, front and rear, complete with discs and pads, would cost you about 2-300$ in parts + labor.

6th Jan 2014, 15:07

For the people from the UK, those prices are realistic here in North America for a Volvo dealer.

Sadly, of course the prices are grossly exaggerated by the Volvo dealer, but that is the politics of Volvo for North America. A new Volvo vehicle costs less than a Mercedes or a BMW, but Volvo makes their true profits in repair bills.

You can expect a simple suspension bolt to cost around 8$, so imagine the prices on any parts on these vehicles.

2006 Volvo S60 R from North America


Unusually poor reliability


Transmission needed to be fully replaced at just over 60,000 miles. ($5,500, without labor)

Trunk release needed to be replaced in order to repair blown bulb illuminating license plate. (~$280)

Seat belt receiver on drivers seat replaced due to fault. (~$300)

General Comments:

Over $7500 repair costs in first 1.5 years of owning car! I bought the vehicle brand new from the dealer, and absolutely loved the car. After about 60,000 miles things started going wrong, (including transmission!) and of course, warranty ran out at 50,000 miles.

Very poor reliability. Would not recommend Volvo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th May, 2008

7th Jul 2008, 11:03

On the other hand, my 2004 S60 R has about 65,000 miles and is basically new. Nothing has gone wrong, and the car runs extremely strong. Don't let bad reviews sway you from this car, because every type of car can have problems, it all matters how you drive it and take care of it. I personally will never buy anything other than a volvo because of the success I've had with their full range of cars.