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2004 Volvo S60 R - Consumer Reviews

2004 Volvo S60 R

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R 2.5L 5-cyl. Turbo AWD 6-speed Manual - (118 reviews )

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Perfect Compromise
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By Mike
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2004 Volvo S60 R R 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 6M)


Review

The objective reviews of this car are right on. On balance, the severe flaws in this car are outweighed by the advantages. I came from an Audi A4. The A4 just "felt" much better but the S60R blows the A4 away in pure speed and power. The S60R is not terribly reliable but more so than the A4. Both cars are expensive to maintain. The A4 was more comfortable inside and the A4 interior is more attractive.The safety features and the standard "extra's" on the S60 far exceed the A4. There is a major problem with the turning radius of the S60R - MAJOR. The rear seat room in the S60R is nothing short of disgraceful. The stock tires on the S60R are dangerous; trammeling.This car is a compromise.


Best Features

Power, Safety, gizmos (self-dimming mirror, audio system, Nav system, etc..), stealth appearance, wheels, surprisingly good customer service compared to Audi


Worst Features

improve rear seat room, improve turning radius, safer stock tires, more comfortable seats, improve reliability, annoying delay in activating power locks and actual locking/unlocking; severe turbo lag, front bumper WAY too low-gets caught on cement parking lot dividers, very expensive to replace.


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R U happy? You bet!
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By zooommaan
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2004 Volvo S60 R R 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 6M)


Review

People have definitely hit on the high and low points. This car is Fast and Furious. It goes like a bat out of hell, stops on a dime and handles like a racehorse. It does all this in comfort and safety and looks good to boot! The stereo is awesome, it is always a pleasure to take this car out. However, I always feel like this car would rather be on an autobahn than tooling around town. I am watching the mileage dropping (on the trip computer) daily. It is not a great car to drive slowly, that's the bottom line.


Best Features

The engine. Truly awesome technology to get this kind of power out of 5 cylinders. The suspension. Love those 3 settings. Brakes are amazing (mine have never squealed). The optional stereo/CD changer is excellent.


Worst Features

A 42 foot turning radius is an embarrassment. Try parking this truck in a tight spot! Need to be very careful with the wheel rims, easily scratched. Optional body molding is too low! I scrape it every day no matter how careful I am. Xenon headlights don't illuminate far enough in front of car.


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Its a Nice car But
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By Omajacks
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2004 Volvo S60 R R 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 6M)


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I Purchased my S60R in Jan 05. I bought it for the safety, Comfort and Looks. However I have had a few Problems with it like the breaks (when they really get wet they let you and anybody with in 1 city block know it from the screaching it makes, Volvo has looked at multiple times and has yet to fix it.), Turning radius (if I had test driven this car better like in a parking lot I wouldn't have bought it it turns like a semi.) and the front bumper (Don't touch any parking bumpers with both your front tires, I've done it twice and both times when backing out it has pulled off my bumper and stretched out the bottom of my bumper. ie. a 900 dollar replacement job). Other then that not bad.


Best Features

The drive and ride are great power is good also especially when sport is turned on on the auto trans. It looks great and handles well specifically in bad weather snow, rain and ice. I love that all wheel drive. The audio system sounds good.


Worst Features

do something about the ground clearence in the front and a better turn radius would help too. also one more thing my 4yr old son shut the rear passenger door on my hand and now I'm missing part of my pinky. it seals tight. so maybe some more insulation in the door wells too.


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Smooth Ride, but at what cost?
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By Still ridin'
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2004 Volvo S60 R R 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 6M)


Review

This car is amazing. Definitely an eye turner. Great acceleration in top gear when pulling away from traffic or overtaking slower cars. I have a geartronic and I believe that it needs to be six gears and not five (Volvo corrects this with the latest models). The front seats are comfortable for taller people. There's a lack of storage space for things but otherwise not bad. I noticed fuel economy got better after approx 15K miles. Can somebody please do something about the turning radius and the wheels?


Best Features

Free services until 30K miles; in dash CD changer; both front and rear fog lights (a must in Europe); trunk space; superior traction and control


Worst Features

Turning radius; wheels (too easy to damage); cd changer should be at least 6 instead of 4 (never mind that earlier changers had to be replaced); DIM module needed to fix odometer issues; geartronic should have acceleration ratios improved and not have such a drastic drop off from manual


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Is there a better sport sedan?
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By jon heberling
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2004 Volvo S60 R R 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 6M)


Review

With IPD ECU and exhaust 335 hp. The Brembo brakes should be on all volvos, they would be a great selling point. Where can one find more comfortable seats? Performance is outrageous. The grip in snow and ice is quite assuring. Not being a racing driver I cannot address subtelties in steering, but I doubt that a BMW M3 or a $50,000 Mercedes could compare to this one. An Audi S4 weighs 300# more, so could not handle as well. A truly wonderful car this Volvo. The atacama leather too is unmatched by the competition.


Worst Features

Lose more weight. Use simpler technology like cranks on windows and for seat adjustment. Also I question the use of huge tires where one must drive in wet conditions.


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