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2002 Volvo S60 Sedan

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Volvo S60 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.4 L Inline 5-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 197 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/24 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2002 Volvo S60

  • Is it an elegant luxury sedan or a sleek sport sedan? Surprise, it's both.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Long list of standard safety features, luxurious interior, powerful turbocharged engine in top-line T5 model, deceptively quick 2.4T powerplant, available all-wheel drive.

  • Cons

    Handling lacks true sport-sedan precision, expensive optional equipment, torque steer in the T5 model.

  • What's New for 2002

    The big news is the arrival of the S60 2.4T AWD and its slick electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system. Additionally, all S60 models get Emergency Brake Assistance (EBA), enhanced traction control performance and improved throttle management, resulting in quicker response in everyday driving situations. Volvo's Dynamic Stability Traction Control (DSTC) system is now standard in T5 models and optional for the 2.4T AWD (starting in December 2001). Other model-specific changes include satellite controls on the steering wheel and rear cupholders for the base 2.4 model and a memory function for the power seats and mirrors in 2.4T and T5 models. The entire lineup gets revised rear headrests, ISO-FIX child restraint attachment points and an emergency trunk release handle.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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1 of 9 people found this review helpful

Not true to its reputation

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Vehicle: 2002 Volvo S60 2.4T AWD 4dr Sedan (2.4L 5cyl Turbo 5A)

Volvo is a safe car, right? That's what we've all come to expect. Careful, my friend, you are being mislead! I've been reasonably happy; reasonably.... until now. Seems our 2002 S60 indicated a difficulty with the airbag system. No matter, right? It has a bucket of them, what's the big deal if one goes bad? Well, the fact is, when one goes bad, the Entire Air Bag system is disabled!n Go figure! The safest car on the road becomes a hulking death trap. Seems like an extraordinary design flaw, doesn't it? Not according to Volvo - that's what they intended. Inconceivable! Price to fix? Over a grand. Expensive junk, uncaring company, flawed product. Beware, folks. Reselect!




Lemon

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Vehicle: 2002 Volvo S60 2.4T AWD 4dr Sedan (2.4L 5cyl Turbo 5A)

Purchased what appeared to be a good condition used S60 - DIM module replaced, new boots, plugs, alignment, balancing, lower control rods all replaced within 6 wks time. Still can't make hard right turn without jerking motion from car. First and Last foreign car. Waste of money.




Awful in snow

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Vehicle: 2002 Volvo S60 2.4T AWD 4dr Sedan (2.4L 5cyl Turbo 5A)

I like the look and the comfort of the Volvo - love the leather heated seats - but it handles terribly in snow. I am petrified to drive it in winter - have slid through intersections, need to crawl on the highway, etc. I bought the AWD thinking it would be good in poor road conditions but quite the opposite is true. I needed a car quickly to replace my beloved Nissan Sentra that was totaled in a hail storm. I jumped on the used Volvo based mostly on a friend's recommendation. Now I can't wait to get rid of it. Also, the AM radio never worked properly. And repairs cost an arm and a leg. Never again, Volvo.




Original owner, 6 yrs later,

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Vehicle: 2002 Volvo S60 2.4T AWD 4dr Sedan (2.4L 5cyl Turbo 5A)

I have never kept a car this long, it is still as great as the day I bought it. The car is reliable, fast, and gets good gas mileage. The reliability, the big stuff is great, but I agree with others, my fuel door fell off, and I seem to replace a lot of brake lights. Other than that it has been very good. The engine uses no oil (I design engines for a living , I would know), it maintains very clean oil through the oil life, indications the rings and guides are in good shape still. The paint is amazing, I don't wax it because it seems to not need it, looks new still (not garaged for most of its life).



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

What a surprise, a joy

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Vehicle: 2002 Volvo S60 2.4T AWD 4dr Sedan (2.4L 5cyl Turbo 5A)

I did not head out to the car lot expecting to drive a Volvo home. I wanted a pre-owned, luxury vehicle that was somewhat practical and that would not break the bank. After looking at a few Jags I made a comment out loud about how surprisingly uncomfortable the Jag was to drive. From that comment the sales associate mentioned how comfortable the Volvos were to ride in. In a good mode and wanting to insure I considered all options I decided to allow the Volvo to be brought around for a test drive. My first word uttered once I sat in that drivers seat was 'wow'. Comfort is a rule when choosing Volvo. Now I have had the car a while I must say, what a value.




Gremlins?

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Vehicle: 2002 Volvo S60 2.4T AWD 4dr Sedan (2.4L 5cyl Turbo 5A)

First 2 yrs of ownership was plagued with several gremlin issues. Electronics primarily due to faulty computer chips, which had the car not been under warranty, I would have been very upset about cost. Bulbs also, burn out very quickly. Was advised by service Volvo uses a GM bulb. Seems a bit silly, especially in modles with daytime running lights. Now, at 3 yrs the car has been trouble free (fingers crossed). Good dealership, ready to work with you on issues and after friendly persuasion, have extended no charge on little fixes.



Full 2002 Volvo S60 Review

What's New for 2002

The big news is the arrival of the S60 2.4T AWD and its slick electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system. Additionally, all S60 models get Emergency Brake Assistance (EBA), enhanced traction control performance and improved throttle management, resulting in quicker response in everyday driving situations. Volvo's Dynamic Stability Traction Control (DSTC) system is now standard in T5 models and optional for the 2.4T AWD (starting in December 2001). Other model-specific changes include satellite controls on the steering wheel and rear cupholders for the base 2.4 model and a memory function for the power seats and mirrors in 2.4T and T5 models. The entire lineup gets revised rear headrests, ISO-FIX child restraint attachment points and an emergency trunk release handle.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
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  • 24
  • highway
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