by swedewheels on Sep 29, 2013 Vehicle: 2004 Volvo S60 2.5T Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A)
I have owned the S60 2.5T for ten years, 175,000+ miles, until the sad day I totaled it.
What I've learned from my Volvo experience - ultra reliable, smooth running, and well built. Some driver sight line issues. Repairs: after 75k much front end work on tie rods, bearings, & struts and was still a little rattely. Replaced many tail lights (always kept spares in trunk).
No drive train issues except some trans shift flaring from day 1.
Interior plastic parts (console lid and steering wheel adjustment handle) broke about 100k.
Gas port lid hinge (cheap plastic) broke off at 35k and lost lid on freeway. No rear seat space.
Overall an 8.5 out of 10
by birddogphil on Dec 12, 2012 Vehicle: 2004 Volvo S60 2.4 Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.4L 5cyl 5M)
I have driven this car for business for the last 8 years.This is my second Volvo in recent years and I consider this S60 to be as close to the perfect car for me as I will ever get.With the 2.4 engine,I think the performance is good but obviously not stellar.Reliability,comfort,style,MPG are however all
stellar.Keep a few extra bulbs on hand,change the oil and do regular maintenance and do what I am planning to do-keep driving this car for 300,000 miles and then decide if I should look for a new ride.
by ccolli17 on Feb 28, 2012 Vehicle: 2004 Volvo S60 2.5T Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A)
The 2004 Volvo S60 was my first Volvo, and will not be my last.
It is my strong belief that the car has saved my life twice, and has also had minimal problems, especially for someone as hard on cars as I am.
I bought the car in 2008 with only 28,000k on it, and put 89,000k on it in a 3-year time frame (117,000 k by 2012).
The car withstood 2 minor accidents and 2 major accidents.
During the time I owned the car, I replaced a fuel sensor that was a factory recall, one battery, one break job, tires when necessary, and all other replacements were due to car accidents- pretty amazing for 89,000k miles of use.
by DCottrill on Jul 20, 2010 Vehicle: 2004 Volvo S60 2.5T Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A)
I bought this car as it was being "pulled" off the truck. It has been an excellent vehicle these past 7 years with no maintenance issues. I have followed the mfg guidelines for service, every 7,500 miles, and it continues to run like a top as they say. A most recent 1,800 mile round trip to S.C. from Ohio averaged 32.3 mpg including some city driving. The only drawback would be the leg room in the rear seating area, but trunk space is huge for this size of vehicle. I plan on keeping this vehicle for another 130,000 miles. I hope the new owners of Volvo don't change a thing on quality!
by R you ready? on Jun 16, 2010 Vehicle: 2004 Volvo S60 R 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 6M)
I love this car despite the quirks mentioned in other reviews. It's great on the highway, not so great in parking lots, but overall very suitable as a daily driver if you want fun. I love the overall driving experience including the steering wheel, pedals, and seat. In the black sapphire color, with a fresh coat of wax it looks brand new and sexy even after 6 years. The leather looks almost new. I like the rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, 3-position seat/mirror memory, push-button adjustable suspension ("4c"), and wheel- mounted audio controls. The front bumper is too low and the turning radius is awful. My wife thinks the ride is harsh and the seats are too low.
by John on May 1, 2010 Vehicle: 2004 Volvo S60 2.5T AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A)
I am at 85K miles now. Repairs to date: all valves replaced, power steering pump replaced, multiple hoses replaced; etc. Far higher cost of ownership than prior cars; S60 was supposed to be a field proven model. I can't tell if my dealership is exploiting me or if the car is just built to fall apart. My other vehicle, a 97 Honda Civic, is bombproof - no major repairs, >> 100K miles. I will not buy another Volvo; for the price and maintenance, the math is not compelling.
Last year's 2.4T model is now the 2.5T, with the same 208-horsepower engine as the AWD model. Bi-xenon headlights are a new option, while the sport package for the 2.5T includes speed-sensitive power steering.