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#2982 of 3082 Re: Anyone purchase the 2012 volvo s60 t5 yet? [bkvolvo]
Feb 24, 2011 (7:18 am)
Attached link will give you an insight, but to the T6 AWD rather than the T5. Have driven S60 D3 and D5 Geartonics on-track over a series of high-speed and manoeuverability exercises and I have to say it made my '06 S60 D5 Geartronic feel rather "wooden" The chassis re-work is astounding - it's not just a body job; they really have re-engineered the whole thing. I loved it. The 205bhp D5 S60 utterly demolished a similarly powered V70 D5 police-spec car - both cars driven by pros and each with 3 x passengers. The S60 was very composed at very silly speeds and angles whilst the V70 was all over the place and bits of interior trim were coming loose due to chassis flex. One of the pro drivers runs a BMW 335d and said that in the dry the two cars are pretty well matched whereas in the wet he'd always opt for the S60.............and all the S60's we were in were just FWD, not AWD.
#2983 of 3082 Re: Anyone purchase the 2012 volvo s60 t5 yet? [alltorque]
Feb 24, 2011 (5:47 pm)
Thanks for the reply. Did the model you drove have drive selectable settings? (sport) They offer a dynamic package for $900 which includes a dynamic chassis, 18 inch wheels and speed sensitive steering with driver selectable settings. I'm wondering if its worth it or even necessary on the streets of NYC. The article said that a t4 version was coming but it is the t5 in the US. I test drove it and it was pretty powerful and responsive.
#2984 of 3082 Re: Anyone purchase the 2012 volvo s60 t5 yet? [bkvolvo]
Feb 25, 2011 (8:23 am)
From memory the cars we drove were pretty standard and really had all the toys you could usefully want/need incl the Pedestrian Safety and Anti-Collision systems, (which are brilliant). My concern with the 18" wheels would be same as with any car with biggest wheels possible - they don't do the ride quality any favours and, if NYC streets are anything like most of the U.K., (i.e. nearly as good as Beirut), then I'd certainly stick with the standard offerings and enjoy the ride. If, on the other hand, NYC has glass-smooth racetrack road surfaces then go for the 18" .............. but I wouldn't. Bigger wheels only offer benefits at the outer limits of handling but at the expense of thump/crash/tracking gone/possible tyre & wheel damage over bad potholes. For me, big wheels are a triumph of style over substance..................but each to his own.
We only drove the diesels as those are the ones that will account for the vast majority of sales over here. The D5, (205bhp/310lbft), is a very nice bit of kit but it might be a cold day in Hades before it reaches the shores of The Colonies, (sorry, can never resist).
#2985 of 3082 Volvo S60 T AWD NAV System
Feb 28, 2011 (1:58 pm)
For those with this car, what has been your experience with the NAV system.
I examined one in a new S60 with its dial affair and found it slow, unintuitive and rather primitive. But how is it in real life when you get used to using it on the road? How does it compare to a Garmin?
Thanks for any insight you can provide?
#2986 of 3082 Re: Volvo S60 T AWD NAV System [priggly]
Feb 28, 2011 (2:21 pm)
Just a personal opinion but I would only take a built-in NAV system if it was standard fit, no-cost option. For much less money you can buy the top spec TOM TOM and move it around at will. Doesn't have to be windscreen mounted, either. Just buy the appropriate Brodit clip mounting and fit it wherever you like. Fast ? Accurate ? Intuitive ? Yes, that describes TOM TOM units to a tee.......and map updates are likely to be cheaper also, when needed. I've been using the same TOM TOM GO 300 since about 2005, (but have bought new map cards for a few £'s), and it's never let me down once in Europe or USA, (used in a hire car for a holiday in Nevada & Arizona).
Sorry, not answering your question.............well, not the one you specifically asked. Just trying to point you at a potentially better option. IMO, of course.
#2987 of 3082 Re: Can Geely be trusted? [priggly]
Feb 28, 2011 (8:33 pm)
I'm actually on the fence about the new owners in the far east. I admit that I am biased against their business tactics and trustworthyness (bigot here) and will normally buy a US made or anywhere else made over a chinese product (even if slightly more).
As long as the cars and parts are still made in Europe I'm ok, but if they are made in China I will be not be buying an S60 or XC60 to replace a 9 year old MDX and 3 year old GM Saab which I had mixed feelings about too.
Anyone know where we can get facts about if parts are being made in China for US delivery cars?
#2988 of 3082 Do Volvo dealers negotiate over price?
Feb 28, 2011 (11:18 pm)
Interested in buying (as opposed to leasing) an S60, probably the 5 cylinder model. Never before bought a Volvo. My question is: do Volvo dealers negotiate over pricing of their new cars, even hot models, like other manufacturers' dealers do? If so, any strategies you have used to minimize price?
#2989 of 3082 Re: Do Volvo dealers negotiate over price? [dmanyad]
Mar 01, 2011 (5:53 am)
Can't tell you for sure, but Volvo's in general are heavily discounted. They are beginning to sell S60 T6's anywhere from $4-$5k. I would think it would be reasonable to get at least $3-$4 k off a T5.
#2990 of 3082 Re: Do Volvo dealers negotiate over price? [dmanyad]
Mar 01, 2011 (7:20 am)
Can't answer for USA dealers but UK dealers will certainly negotiate. Level seems to be circa £2k - £3k across the range so would expect similar in your part of the world. They are launching a new model and, I'm sure, want to achieve market penetration so walk in, negotiate and see what happens. Worst that can happen ? You leave without a new Volvo. Best that can happen ? You get a nice new S60 T5, or T6, for $5k under list.
Life's too short not to try.
#2991 of 3082 Re: popping again [vwdawg]-new thread,stabilizer bar links
Mar 22, 2011 (11:02 pm)
interest in buying '07 S60 2.5T AWD cert, pre-owned 36k miles. Test drove and heard a grinding noise, dealer replaced stabilizer bar links on the spot and seemed to solve the problem. Is this likely to happen soon again and does it make this a bad buy?