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Volvo S60, Volvo S60 R, Sedan
#2984 of 3076 Re: Anyone purchase the 2012 volvo s60 t5 yet? [bkvolvo]
Feb 25, 2011 (9:23 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 3076 Volvo S60 T AWD NAV System
Feb 28, 2011 (2:58 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 3076 Re: Volvo S60 T AWD NAV System [priggly]
Feb 28, 2011 (3:21 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 3076 Re: Can Geely be trusted? [priggly]
Feb 28, 2011 (9:33 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 3076 Do Volvo dealers negotiate over price?
Mar 01, 2011 (12:18 am)
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 3076 Re: Do Volvo dealers negotiate over price? [dmanyad]
Mar 01, 2011 (6:53 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 3076 Re: Do Volvo dealers negotiate over price? [dmanyad]
Mar 01, 2011 (8:20 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 3076 Re: popping again [vwdawg]-new thread,stabilizer bar links
Mar 23, 2011 (12:02 am)
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?
#2992 of 3076 2012 T5 S60 SPARE TIRE?
Apr 06, 2011 (8:11 pm)
I've recently ordered the 2012 t5 s60 and learned that the car does not come with a spare tire (just a can of fix a flat). You have to pay $260 for a spare tire but the kicker is that it has to sit above the floor in the trunk. One would think that there would be space under the floor in the trunk. Is this asking for too much? Anyone have any information or feedback on this? This is my first volvo and im wondering if this is new or something volvo does? Does the tire get in the way of laying things flat with the back seats down? Looking forward to getting the car and hope this is my only complaint.
#2993 of 3076 Re: popping again [vwdawg]-new thread,stabilizer bar links [brmd]
Apr 07, 2011 (9:46 am)
brmd: The stabilizer links, strut mounts and spring seats on the S60's seem to be a weak point, at least they were on my 2001....I replaced them all by 80k miles. I don't know if Volvo had beefed things up by 2007. Stab links are a very easy task for a DIY'er, and strut mounts and spring seats are not terribly difficult either (but you need a spring compressor and to be very careful from a safety standpoint). My opinion is that these items do not make it a "bad buy". Maybe other folks have other feedback on this or other potential issues on the 2007. vwdawg