2006 Volvo S60 R from North America - Comments

10th Jul 2010, 13:49

I purchased my 2004 S60R with 39K miles. I now have 100K miles, and besides a set of brake pads, and 4 hubs, which I changed myself at 60K and 70K, and saved myself well over $800, I've been mostly problem free. I'd have to say I've been happy; very happy overall.

2nd Dec 2011, 21:14

I have a S60 R 2006 with 116000km. I am surprised to notice that the inner fenders are both worn by the tires due to sharp turns while parking.

Volvo dealer says it's normal due to the 18 inch wheels on the R model. I haven't read any comments on the subject by other owners. Has anybody witnessed that problem?

4th Dec 2011, 12:16

My family purchased a 2006 Volvo S60 after a long run of luxurious Lincoln Town Cars. What a DISAPPOINTMENT!! The Volvo was neither sporty nor luxurious. It drove and felt like a Fusion or a Malibu, and certainly was no better looking. After three years, it was traded for a sporty and luxurious Lincoln MKZ. The MKZ (basically a Fusion with more sound insulation) rides better, handles better, and has the incomparable feel of luxury that Lincoln has long been famous for. We are solidly back in the Ford/Lincoln fold, and never plan to stray again!!

8th Dec 2011, 06:32

I have a 2005 S60 R AWD, and with its 300bhp, Adjustable Chassis, Four Wheel Drive and great 5-cylinder engine, it can't be beat in the market place. There is no other car that can offer the same amount of comfort, understated looks, superb build quality, vocally fantastic with it's off-beat engine, reliability and safety for the money. No where.

The detailing from the Royal Blue/Crystal dials, to blue stitching in the leather, to its pure ergonomic simplicity, is pure Volvo, and works so well.

Its turning circle is poor (mine has factory upgrade 18" alloys) and the rear legroom isn't great, but hell, that's a small price to pay.

I laugh at anyone who pays almost twice as much to get the same with a BMW badge (and gets stuck in the snow!), an Audi badge (and breaks down)... I've got the better car. It's almost Ford money, while being 100 times better!

My S60 has already given me 3 years of trouble free and fantastic motoring, and I won't be replacing it soon, and when I do, it will be another Volvo... most people WHO have been in it are considering Volvo now too! Volvo for life.

8th Feb 2012, 20:30

The problem with inner fender well tire rubbing is caused from worn steering stops on the lower control arm. They are easily replaced by two 10mm bolts with the front of the car on jack stands.

13th Apr 2012, 01:20

I had driven a Town Car for six years - no serious issues - and have had my Volvo S60 since new, and it now is at 108,000 miles. Just had to drop another motor in it - they have no idea what the problem was - oil changes and maintenance always done on time - bent rod and thrown bearing.

One week later, a front wheel bearing is roaring at me. I do wish I would have stayed with the Town Cars - the ride is ten times more comfortable, and just as fast, and it handles just as well. I should know.

At least the Town Car lasted longer than the car loan.

13th Apr 2012, 01:27

This is puzzling, because my Volvo S60 has scrubbed on sharp turns from brand-new-day-one. There was no wearing on the front end done yet.

15th Apr 2012, 09:09

The factory 18" alloys will cause the tyres to rub on the wing on full lock only. This will affect all models with this size alloys. Never been a problem for me though, and the paintwork is fine on mine after 80k miles. Tyres don't get damaged as it only happens at slow speed.

This is a fantastic car! My other car, a V70, is up to 227k miles, and is a true trooper and I would drive it anywhere. Wouldn't drive anything else (past cars include 2x 960's over 200k miles / 440 with 165k miles). Never had anything serious go wrong with any of them.

6th Oct 2012, 00:32

2006 S60 R AWD. First Volvo. Just over 57,000 miles and the transmission is slipping. New one just priced at $5,300. Unbelievable; I'm still in shock.

6th Oct 2012, 17:38

Hi. To the Town Car owner commenter above... WHAT? Your Town Car was just as quick as a stock 300bhp AWD Volvo S60... It's going to be more comfortable as it's a barge, and nowhere near as fast!

My S60 R is a superb machine, and tell me of another car that will give 300bhp, four wheel drive, 5 seats, Volvo safety, and build quality of the Volvo (i.e.; No cheap ass plastics, etc) for the same money?

My other Volvo, a 2005 V70 has just turned 291,000 miles and still going strong. I wouldn't drive anything else but Volvo.

8th May 2013, 16:36

I think the AWD models had problems with the automatic transmission. I've had experience with 3 S60 models. Base, 2.4t, and AWD. Bullet proof except the AWD, had to replace the tranny at 160K.

9th May 2013, 14:38

After a long line of Lincoln Town Cars, my family switched to a Volvo S60 in 2006. It was a tremendous disappointment. Due to the bland styling, most people mistook it for a Honda Accord. The ride and handling was no better than a Ford or Chevy mid-size, and absolutely nothing on the car said "luxury" or "expensive". After three years we went back to the distinctive, luxurious and great riding Lincoln. We will stick with Lincoln from now on. Nothing on the mediocre Volvo justified its outrageous cost.

21st Oct 2013, 11:24

There is no Volvo that won't require repairs at 65,000 miles.

21st Oct 2013, 11:28

Late reply, but did the dealer inspect/replace the front/rear axles?

21st Oct 2013, 11:37

What you don't know, is that the replacement transmission will probably actually be... a rebuilt transmission that had the same problems as yours. The problem is (and no Volvo dealer will admit) a worn transmission cannot be rebuilt exactly to the specs of a new one, and many rebuilds have quickly developed issues as well. If you pay that money, I would recommend you have the dealer clearly install a brand new, never used, never rebuilt transmission. Don't just look at appearances; a rebuilt will look as clean as a new one.

21st Oct 2013, 11:40

And another point. The transmission in the R's wasn't strong enough to handle the torque of that particular engine, since the failure.

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