May 01, 2012
We recently took our S60 to Santa Monica Volvo for its 15,000-mile maintenance. The latter consists an oil and filter change, cabin filter replacement and the typical check of all the other vital (coolant, power steering and windshield washer) fluids. No tire rotation is indicated in the maintenance schedule but we opted for one anyway in the name of extended tire life, and that cost us $45.
We dropped the car off (as the dealer is just a mile away) and the service folks there were friendly, efficient and not pushy. They didn't try to upsell us some additional "we recommend..." services not indicated in the Volvo's maintenance guide. About an hour later we got a call that our S60 was ready and waiting for us.
Volvo has since, via a special promotion that ends July 2, extended its complimentary maintenance to 45,000 miles on new (leftover) 2011 and 2012 models and to 50,000 for 2013 models.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor
April 25, 2012
Our Volvo S60 greeted me with a few warning messages:
April 23, 2012
Our longterm 2012 Volvo S60 T5 recently flashed up this maintenance alert, complete with a full- scale model of a 2mm open-end wrench. It pops up each time you start and stop the engine and goes away after a few seconds, presumably since the car figures you're soon to be preoccupied with other things. Like
building a model airplane driving.
The alert is hard to miss, especially as it is accompanied by the orange "i" you see in the middle of the cluster.
So, yeah, we'll be doing something about that.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 15, 081 miles.
March 16, 2012
Volvo is recalling nearly 3,000 S60s and XC60s because of a potential fuel leak.
"An incorrect mixture of underbody coating and over-application can result in rigid, icicle-like areas hanging from the vehicle's undercarriage," said NHTSA in its recalls summary of the problem. "If this condition exists, the underbody coating may penetrate the fuel lines and cause fuel leakage, increasing the risk of a crash."
Third recall for the new S60, I think? I'm losing track.
Kelly Toepke, News Editor
November 22, 2011
The Volvo wanted service, so the Volvo got served. We'd extended the S60's 7,500-mile check-up by about 800 miles, and you never know about these Scandinavian types. One minute you're clashing pitchers of lager and singing sea shanties, the next you're bare-knuckle brawling in a snow drift. Best not to push it. Volvo of Santa Monica changed the oil, and checked our tires and brake pads at no charge.
Just shy of six months in our fleet, the S60 has driven about 8,300 miles, so we're a little off the pace of our usual target. I propose that those of us with longer commutes -- more specifically, me -- spend more time in this car. I could be pretty content driving the S60 everyday, I think. It doesn't pin the needle in any one category (although there aren't many better interiors), but instead feels totally balanced and refined.
Meanwhile, do gardens exist in New Jersey? I mean places where life grows and flourishes? Sorry, I know...cheap shot before the holiday break at one of the easiest targets in the union. All readers from Franklin Lakes to Cumberland county....bring it. Both barrels!
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor
October 27, 2011
I have a vehicle message? What's this? Is it that Nigerian prince finally getting back to me about that check he promised was in the mail? Perhaps it's Bossman Oldham letting me know that Edmunds is going all motorcycles, all the time?
October 03, 2011
This photo is misleading. It looks like our long-term 2011 Volvo S60 T5 has a mechanical problem. A serious mechanical problem.
But it doesn't. In fact, our S60 has been dead reliable. It hasn't even used a drop of oil yet. I know. I've checked its old school dipstick myself, right before I took the aformentioned misleading image.
September 07, 2011
We've cleared 5,000 miles so far in the S60. So far, everything's been fine with no issues other than the flat tire. Our first scheduled service is set for 7,500 miles.
August 08, 2011
Our Volvo S60 T5 returned from Stokes Tires Pros on Friday with a new Continental Conti Pro Contact (235/40 R18). How much does one of those cost with installation and tax? Well, that would be $231.
Ouch, I'm sincerely very sorry. Commence holier than thou commenting.
James Riswick, Sincere Idiot 2 @ 2,803 miles
August 05, 2011
So the area I take most of my pictures for this blog is a former train yard that's been turned into an arts colony or something. As such, it looks like a parking lot, but there are lots of weird elevation changes and as I discovered yesterday, oddly placed curbs. As I pulled into a shady spot to take this picture at a slow parking lot speed, I hear the dreaded thwump of a wheel and tire running over something it shouldn't have.
"Oh fudge," I don't say and get out of the car to see what the hell I just ran over. It's a 3/4 sized curb that rises at the end of another set of parking spots. Maybe I would've seen it with cars parked there, but I didn't, and as Mike reported yesterday, the tire paid the price. We should hopefully be picking up the S60 when the replacement rubber comes in later today.
So my bad, but hey, it could have been worse. I could have done that ^^^^ to a Volvo. Of course, the culprit of that calamity is now the deputy editor of Car & Driver, so perhaps crashing Volvos is a prelude to career advancement? No, probably not, but at least I'll keep telling myself that.
James Riswick, Sincere Idiot @ 2,803 miles
August 04, 2011
I already told you how my day with our 2012 Volvo S60 began. Here is a little back story. After spying the flat I walked up to my desk to find this Post-It note. These yellow marvels of infinite adhesion are popular around here - - especially when you screw up.
Yes, James, that curb you hit "might have had something to do with it." And it might also get expensive...
August 04, 2011
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I pulled into the parking garage this morning and found our 2012 Volvo S60 sporting this flat tire. It wasn't even 6 am yet. This is going to be a great day. The first thing I did was air it up to take the pressure off that poor sidewall. Now I'm off to the tire shop.
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 2,803 miles
July 06, 2011
I use interior grab handles to an excessive degree, because I fear getting my hands dirty when I close a trunklid or liftgate. Over the weekend, when I reached up to close our 2012 Volvo S60 T5's trunk for maybe the dozenth (yep, that's a word and good for a 35-point bonus in W.W.F.) time, I heard a crack.
Then, as I tried to bring the trunk lid down, the once sturdy-feeling plastic grab handle dislodged itself from the felt-lined lid.
June 22, 2011
We actually had our 2012 Volvo S60 T5 for about a week prior to posting the introduction. And it was one busy week in the world of S60 recalls.
The first S60 recall cited an issue with fuel pump software. Volvo recalled 7,558 units because, under certain driving conditions, there may be engine hesitation and possible engine stall, according to NHTSA. This recall applied to our S60, so we promptly took it to Volvo of Santa Monica. It was a quick fix, involving an ECM reflash and took just about an hour.
The second S60 recall involved a potential fuel leak. Volvo recalled 478 units (448 in the U.S.) because of the risk of fire. "The fuel-line quick connector may detach and the engine may stall, increasing the risk of a crash," said NHTSA. "The customer may also notice a fuel smell and leakage. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire." This recall included VINs up to ---32474, which preceded our S60, so we were in the clear.
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 1,222 miles