Written on: 17/06/2012
We've just moved onto our second S60, the first a D5 SE (163bhp) was purchased at 60k and ran till 152k and its eventual sale. NOTHING in 10 years has broken on the vehicle. The clutch was replaced at 140k as expected, just recently there was signs of wear in the turbo, so without hesitation we sought and found another identical model with the upgrade package. This time the (185bhp) engine is ever so slightly less economical, but certainly has much more torque. The power seat with memory is a boon for two diversely different drivers, each key fob easily programmed to move the seat and door mirrors when unlocked with the appropriate fob. The seating, ah the seating like a well worn slipper - total comfort no matter what the distance. Say what you will, this is not a car that needs to be thrashed within an inch of its life, although some police forces do with utter reliability. Its a car which will cover large distances with ease and comfort to the driver with a high degree of specification sufficient to make those distances shorter. It will still travel at highly illegal speeds and I have never ever found the limits of its handling despite spirited driving on more than one occasion . We have always purchased our cars and had them serviced at South Wales's Independent Volvo car specialist www.BVSwales.co.uk who care about Volvos better than most dealers we have ventured across in our opinion, and have Volvo's VIDAS backup software to assist in all their work. They are all fully trained and have looked after our vehicles expertly in our opinion. Some say the costs of a Volvo are exorbitant. My neighbours Audi cost on average 50-100% more each time he has service work compared to us... Front tyre wear is average for a vehicle of this size at 11-14k. I dont hestitate to encourage individuals to change and most have all had a good experience. Having been with the mark for 38 years, it still stands for something, although a few of the Ford based models do beg a few questions in certain areas.
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