The first things that come to mind are my complaints so I’ll list those first. Gas mileage is what you might expect from a 2004, so not too great but not unbearable. The back seats didn’t have much leg room and repairs for the car were pricey because it is foreign and old. The headlights were dim but the high beams made up for it. Because the car is heavy it does not accelerate quickly, so probably not ideal for stop and go traffic. Now the upsides - the design of the car is beautiful inside and out, very sleek (except the front bumper). The driver’s seat felt like a hug from your grandmother. Handling was excellent and the car feels (and is) very heavy and sturdy when driving. I got my car from a private seller in July of 2015 with 80,000 miles on it. Crashed it once in 2016 but it was minor so the car survived, then again in August of 2018 which finally put it to rest. When it was appraised by insurance it was valued at $1000 more than I had purchased it for 3 years and almost 150k miles ago (it was totaled with almost 250,000 miles on it). It would have run for probably at least another 50k miles no problem. This is one of the most resilient cars on the market and extremely comfortable. If I were marketing it I’d call it the luxury car of the working class. I absolutely loved this car and would get another one in a heartbeat.
2004 Volvo S60 R 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 6M)
The S60 R is a great car to drive. Quick acceleration, and tight steering make it a lot of fun to drive. The seats are some of the most comfortable I have ever been in in a sedan. Volvo maintenance can be a bit expensive, and the dealerships are not plentiful. I drive an hour each way for work. For the price range this car fulfills the desire to enjoy the daily commute.
This car was sitting for almost 2 years... With that in mind along with 230+k on it, this has been the best car I've ever owned.. I purchased the S60 2.5t awd for $1,000 with a blown engine and radiator. After the radiator and head repair, surprisingly the beast fired right up... Runs like a dream.. Best investment I've ever made.... My husband an I absolutely love it.. Body and interior look brand new...
I'm not quite sure what to say about the S60, I bought it to replace my 2000 Volvo V70, which I loved. I sort of bought this car because I was getting reading to take a winter road trip to Montana and wanted something with AWD. I would have preferred an XC-70, but couldn't find one for the right price or in the time I allotted myself. I ended up seeing my S60 for sale at the local BMW dealership for $6995 with 102,000 miles. It was a one-owner vehicle purchased from and always serviced on time at the local Volvo dealership in town. After taxes and fees I think I ended up spending more than $8K, which in retrospect was way too high. I did, however, end up getting new tires (Michelin all seasons) right away, the old ones were "ok," but not great, some sheep skin seat covers (some of the stitching split on the driver's side seat), and some OEM Volvo all-weather floor mats (all worthwhile investments). So the car, it's much smoother than my old wagon, great acceleration despite the additional 600lbs of the Haldex AWD system, decent gas mileage and road handling. Like all Volvos, the seats are supremely comfortable--second-to-none! My car's trial by fire was a 900+ mile road trip to Montana in December amid regular blizzards and arctic temperatures. My gas mileage was pretty decent over 28mpg at over 80mph most of the time. As with most vehicle, it handles really poorly on ice, it does however, do great in the snow. Once those back wheels start to grip, the thing can go almost anywhere (within reason). I did find out at the dealership during my last service that my control arm bushings are bad, so that might account for some of the sketchiness on the ice and just the freeway in general. Much to my surprise yet again, the A/C and heating systems are some of the best I've encountered! Some of the other reviews have mentioned the cramped nature of the backseats, that is true, it's very tight with a full-size adult sitting back there. The trunk while spacious has a fairly narrow opening which makes it a difficult to put some things in. I have a wheeled cooler that I like to take to the beach which often has to sit on the backseat rather than in the trunk. It fits fine in my wife's 2007 Jetta, but that has a higher and wider trunk I guess. Overall, I don't have a lot of gripes with this car. I enjoy driving it and it's a nice looking vehicle. One of my biggest concerns though is the creeps, groans, and clunks I was experiencing over the winter. Anytime I would go over uneven pavement or speed humps the car made some weird noises from the front end. Maybe it's some back chassis bushings, maybe it is the control arms, or it could even be the struts? All I know is it makes me apprehensive when it happens. It's been great over the summer though, no issues like that whatsoever. I can foresee this car treating me well for the foreseeable future. Will it be as good as my old V-70? Only time will tell.
This is a great car gas mileage is fair, with a large tank. Less stopping for fuel on those long trips. Seating is comfortable and we'll thought out. Interior plastics. Should have been better. 144k on the odometer and just the routine maintenance.