2012 Volvo S60: Rough Night
February 08, 2012
Last night, there was cold weather and a fair amount of rain, and the S60 didn't seem too crazy about it.
The cold start as I left from the parking structure here at work was rough. Made a pit stop at Whole Foods to get some groceries and the cold start after that detour was rough as well. I pressed the ignition button and the engine coughed and hacked for a moment or two, like a chain smoker with bronchitis, before finding its groove.
I started the car when I got home last night, while the engine was still warm, and there was no sign of the problem. The engine also turned over just fine in this morning's weather, which was much toastier than last night's.
Someone gently suggested that user error may be the culprit, as has been the case with push-button-ignition cars like our S60 in the past. Maybe I didn't hold down the ignition button long enough to achieve a smooth start. It's possible, but I've driven our Volvo many times before. I'm familiar with its ignition and I've never had a problem with it.
Anyway, we'll keep an eye out to see if happens again.
Any S60 owners out there? Have you had any problems starting the car in colder weather?
Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor