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2003 Volvo S60 Sedan

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Volvo S60 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.3 L Inline 5-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 247 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/25 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2003 Volvo S60

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

  • Safety
  • Pros

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

  • Cons

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

  • What's New for 2003

    A new high-performance model, the S60 R, will become available later in the year. Otherwise, minor changes are in store for Volvo's sport sedan for 2003. A leather-wrapped steering wheel, along with a stereo with a CD and a cassette deck, now grace the interior of the 2.4 and the 2.4T. The latter also gets foglights and wood dash trim in its standard equipment list. For the all-wheel-drive version, the 2.4 turbocharged engine receives a small bump in displacement and horsepower. Rain-sensing wipers and OnCall Plus (the telematics system) are available, and two new colors, Titanium Grey and Ruby Red, brighten the exterior.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (6 total reviews)


Great car

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Vehicle: 2003 Volvo S60 T5 Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.3L 5cyl Turbo 5M)

Excellent touring car with good power. Drives well in winter with the DSTC. Steering column controls are easily accessed.




Misterious coldstart reaction

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Vehicle: 2003 Volvo S60 T5 Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.3L 5cyl Turbo 5M)

I now own a 2003 S60 T5. My first try was a new 2002 S60T5 which was returned to Volvo because when cold starting the vehicle and placing it in gear the car would "choke" and jump. Now our 2003, brand new volvo S60 T5 is doing the same thing and the dealership cannot find what the problem is. This is very frustrating since i'm paying a fortune for the car, and my confidence in the reliability of the vehicle has been blemished. I'm truly dissapointed in the ability of checking the vehicles system for faults, since Volvo appears unable to detect the fault.




Wow . . .great car!

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Vehicle: 2003 Volvo S60 T5 Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.3L 5cyl Turbo 5M)

The comfort, performance and handling are great. The driving experience is exhilarating. And in terms of safety, the car does live up to what it's cracked up to be. I was hit by a Ford Explorer going 55 mph on my left front; it rolled; obviously totaled. The Volvo, $14k to fix. The frame & wheel-well was not affected at all. It was unreal. The car was driveable. And being inside, I didn't see him coming (which was good) so all I heard was this crunching metal sound. I didn't feel anything. It was the equivalent of going over a rail-road track. Very strange. There was myself, front passenger and a child in the left- rear. No injuries.




An excellent car

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Vehicle: 2003 Volvo S60 T5 Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.3L 5cyl Turbo 5M)

I'm very pleased. Rock solid build, no unnerving shimmies rattles or shakes. To date, not a single glitch has arison - the car has been bullet- proof. Great styling, rich feature set, and veeeeery comfortable (at least in the front seat). Surprisingly good fuel economy.




Unbelievably priced for what you

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Vehicle: 2003 Volvo S60 T5 Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.3L 5cyl Turbo 5M)

First let me say that if you buy an S60 definatly get the T5. The 17" Tethys wheels add so much to the cars styling. The T5's performance is also remarkable. The bottom line is that this car looks, feels, and performs like a car that should cost considerably more. I think this is one of the best values out there.




Wait and see

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Vehicle: 2003 Volvo S60 T5 Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.3L 5cyl Turbo 5M)

Unfortnately I had a 1999 S-80 T6 prior to buying the 2003 S-60 T5…….so far the S-60 is a great car but with only 626 miles … it is a wait and see game.



Full 2003 Volvo S60 Review

What's New for 2003

A new high-performance model, the S60 R, will become available later in the year. Otherwise, minor changes are in store for Volvo's sport sedan for 2003. A leather-wrapped steering wheel, along with a stereo with a CD and a cassette deck, now grace the interior of the 2.4 and the 2.4T. The latter also gets foglights and wood dash trim in its standard equipment list. For the all-wheel-drive version, the 2.4 turbocharged engine receives a small bump in displacement and horsepower. Rain-sensing wipers and OnCall Plus (the telematics system) are available, and two new colors, Titanium Grey and Ruby Red, brighten the exterior.

Talk About The 2003 S60

Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 18
  • cty
/
  • 25
  • highway
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