Volvo S60

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2008 Volvo S60 2.4 Turbo
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2008 Volvo S60 52,200 miles: The message center suddenly read, "Reduced Engine Performance," and the car went into limp mode. After shutting it off for a considerable time frame, it went off. It has been occurring intermittently for five days.

I finally got it to a dealership yesterday. I had been researching the internet on this issue and found it appears to be the ETM/Throttle Body -- a common problem with Volvos in recent years. The dealership just called and said it is the Throttle Assembly Actuator. They informed me that Volvo no longer uses ETMs (since 2006) and have been using these Actuators instead. It is $982.15 to fix.

Is anyone else having problems with the ETM replacement - the Actuator????
I am angry and upset. This car is 2000 miles out of warranty. This is obviously an ongoing issue.

I told Michael Stewart, Service Advisor, at Fields Volvo (Waukesha, WI), that I needed a telephone number for Volvo since this is obviously an ongoing issue (ETM had tons of problems and now so does it replacement!) and I do not want to pay for this repair. After a long, awkward silence, I was given the "800" number.

I called Volvo Customer Service and expressed how angry I was - especially since the car warranty ENDED AT 50,000 MILES AND MY CAR HAS 52,200 MILES ON IT! She replied, "You wouldn't be angry if it was still under warranty." Actually, maam, I would be. No 2008 luxury car with 52,200 miles on it should be on the back of a tow truck unless its crashed! I drove my last two cars to well over 200,000 miles!

Volvo Customer Service told me that they would submit it for review to the Regional Manager. She stated that it would take 2-3 business days for my case to be assigned, and refused to give me the name of the Regional Manager citing, "That is not public information."

I started life out a little "behind". My previous cars chose me (price, availability, size, etc) - I've never gotten to select a car of my choice. I always dreamed of owning a was the "if I Win the lottery" car of my dreams. I drove the same car for ten years to save enough money for my prized Volvo (who I affectionately named "Edward"). What a joke! Was I "duped"!
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trmn8r on 11/18/2010:
Your car IS out of warranty. That is an issue, unless you can show this is a widespread problem. I don't know that it is. I have a '98 S70 and an '05 V70 2.5T. Also owed a '95 850. None of my models had known issues, AFAIK.

The widely publicized ETM defect (it was a major problem) affected 1999-2002 models. I don't know of a later issue with ETM modules.
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Worst Car in My 25 Years of Driving
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Volvo S60 is the worst car I have experienced in my 25 years of driving experience. I brought it in 2001 for about US$50,000+ (Taiwan price); and soon after the price of new S60 was dropped by about US$10,000, severely damaging my resale value. When the car is about 8 years old and 80,000 km, its parts started a spree of breaking down. So far, more than US$10,000 of repair bills (regular maintenance not included) have been accumulated; and the transmission is acting up. Unbelievable! A brand used to be known for dependability but not the look seems to have swapped for the worse.
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Alain on 05/26/2010:
They used to be very reliable. Guess times have changed. Thanks for the review.
saj80 on 05/26/2010:
They were reliable when they were a stand-alone company; once Ford bought them, their quality seems to have diminished dramatically.
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Don't buy a Volvo - Money pit takes on a whole new meaning
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We thought we had researched this car but have been sooooo disappointed in the quality in every area of the car. The gas mileage is terrible 20 miles average. The electronic ignition went out and just after that the electronic door locks! The leather cracks and splits even though we have used the proper products to keep it nice. We have had have the two front seats recovered. The boots for the gear shift and the breaks were replaced as well.

We only have 40,000 miles on the car! We will never buy another Volvo and I hope that this review will encourage others to stay far away from this car manufacturer.
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redmx3racer on 01/13/2010:
I've always liked the S60, and have not had much trouble with the ones I have had in my fleet. Granted, we get rid of them @ 30K. I too am always surprised at how fuel thirsty they are (we have the 2.5L Turbos) and even if you baby it, the best I managed was 27 on a mostly highway trip. The plus side is they are great in the snow-even the FWD models. And the AWD ones are just amazing.
I don't know if I'd write them off. From what you wrote you had a couple electrical glitches-which can happen in any vehicle made nowadays, when most everything is electric. Maybe you just got a bad batch of leather on the seats, I don't know. I haven't noticed an issue with that in any of mine, with just 10K less miles than yours-and they are rentals at that. Believe me, we don't use leather conditioner.
lmmfic59 on 03/01/2013:
I have a 2002 S60 2.4T and I agree with the review....they are junk.I ah to buy new wheels to get rid of the tire rub, new axles, the message boards works sometimes and is blank the rest of the time. Brake lights stay on when the car is in the garage, headlights keep burning out, left turn signal is a very fast blink, leather seats are coming un-sewed, I have replaced struts, shocks, alternater and compressor.
A friend has the same car and has had the same problems.
My 2001 GMC 2500 HD has no issues with it and it has 197,000 miles. My next car will be American made (as much as possible) They can't be any worse than Volvo and I won't have to pay $40 for powe steering fluid.
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Gas Mileage
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BULLHEAD CITY, ARIZONA -- When folks look at increasing gas mileage, I suggest they look at the Volvo S60. This is a medium-sized car with a great safety record. I get between 24-26 miles in town driving and 30-32 on highway driving. The car is NOT a compact but gas mileage compares favorably with many of the small compacts.

Check it out!
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MRM on 07/16/2008:
Thank you, "Blukygrl," for the informative review!
Anonymous on 07/16/2008:
Great review. When I think of gas sippers, I didn't think of Volvo!
moneybags on 07/16/2008:
I drive a 97 850 wagon and get 22-24 city at 26-28 hwy. Not Bad!
Sparticus on 07/17/2008:
My brother drives a diesel VW Passat. He gets up to 40 miles per gallon... Makes the extra 50 cents a gallon worth it!
Fancy2 on 10/12/2008:
My S60 only gets 20 MPH in town... and its not a turbo.
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