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#3040 of 3074 Re: VOLVO 2012 S60 T5 1ST OIL CHANGE AT 7,500 MILES? [qbrozen]
Oct 26, 2011 (9:53 am)
First oil change at 3 - 4k achieves nothing other than increasing someone's profit. Modern engine design & build processes do not leave lots of particles in the engine and metallurgy and lubricants are light years better than they used to be. Biggest problem with new engines is getting rings/bores to "bed-in" properly due to manufacturers using full-synthetic lubes on the line and most owners not knowing how to run-in engines anymore. Europe uses the same engines, and lubricants, as you get in Volvo, VW, Audi, BMW etc etc but typically have oil-changes specified by the manufacturers at 18 - 20,000 miles - gasoline or diesel - and we are not destroying engines as a result. The only caveat is that you must use the correct viscosity and specs as defined by the vehicle manufacturer. "Cheap and near enough" probably isn't either in the long run. Why would you spend £40k on a lovely new whatever and then try to save a couple of Dollars on the hardest-working component...........engine oil.
The whole short oil-change thing is a racket designed to separate consumers from their Dollars. One of the very few areas in which Europe is ahead of the USA.
End of mini-rant.
#3041 of 3074 Re: VOLVO 2012 S60 T5 1ST OIL CHANGE AT 7,500 MILES? [bkvolvo]
Oct 26, 2011 (3:48 pm)
On some VW models here, they specify that you must wait until 10K or more for the first change, to let things seat properly. Oil changes at 3K are only advised if you drive like 3K miles a year in very short trips. Otherwise, you are wasting oil, which none of us ought to do anymore. Get it changed at 7,500, which these days is actually conservative, and ignore the dealer bleatings. If there was damage to be done by following manufacturers recommendations, they wouldn't be warrantying their cars for 5 years.
#3043 of 3074 Rought Idle w/loss of power
Oct 29, 2011 (7:49 pm)
i have a 01 S60 T which has a rought idle, but now when the idle is rough the power breaks don't work. once the car engine smooths out the breaks work fine. any suggestions?
#3044 of 3074 Driver Information Module
Feb 25, 2012 (11:57 am)
i know this post is after the fact but recently replaced the Driver Information Module(DIM) on my S60 (225,000 kms) as the turn signals would either work fully, partially or not at all. In speaking with the dealership they advised there testing detected a found an interanl electrical fault with the DIM. I took there word for it and asked if anything else could be done to repair the problem. They said no as this functionality was controlled by the DIM and the entire system needed replacing. Total cost $1250. Just wanted to get feedback from the board if this course of action sounds reasonable from the dealership perspective or was another fix possible at a lower cost. Thanks.
#3045 of 3074 Dashboard Eletrical failure
Mar 28, 2012 (9:11 am)
My wife drives a 2002 Volvo S60 with what I believe is an electrical short issue. When she stops at stop lights, sometimes the gauges jsut start going haywire, pinging up and down. I drove the car and noticed that if I unclick the drivers seatbelt and then reconnect it, the problem fixes itself. Summing it all up, I attribute the issue to a short in the seatbelt sensor wiring. Any idea where I should dig into the wiring or the seatbelt itself to try to fix the issue?
Apr 19, 2012 (10:00 am)
Just test drove an S60 T5 yesterday. What a nice, nice ride! I was very impressed with the quality of the vehicle, acceleration and overall handling. I drove a 2012 328i a couple of weeks ago and I think the S60 was a bit better overall..at least for me.
#3047 of 3074 Re: 2012 S60 T5 [mikey38]
Apr 26, 2012 (7:53 am)
My 2011 S60 T6 has so far exceeded my expectations. No mechanical or electronic glitches in almost 24k miles. The T5 with 17 inch wheels should ride better and have less highway tire noise. But at lower speeds they are both very quiet.
#3048 of 3074 Re: 2012 S60 T5 [gregg_vw]
Apr 27, 2012 (9:50 am)
What kind of highway/overall mileage are you getting with the T6?
#3049 of 3074 Re: 2012 S60 T5 [mikey38]
Apr 28, 2012 (5:27 am)
Better than the EPA 18/26. For that first year, I lived in the country and did a lot of highway miles in trips to cities. In good weather on good roads, I would get 30-33 mpg. City mileage drops it considerably, but my overall accumulated average, is still about 25 mpg. It drops noticeably in winter and increases in summer. My last tank, which had lots of city mileage along with a couple of longer highway trips (I've moved back to the city), was about 23 mpg. For a 300 hp AWD vehicle with only a 6 speed transmission, I am very pleased.
I hear they will now be offering the T5 with AWD. That would be a good choice as well. Two things I would change with the car if I could: an 8 speed transmission should be offered, and I wish mine had been set up with the comfort suspension with 17" wheels, rather than the dynamic one. Milwaukee has far too many streets in dire need of resurfacing.