Last post on Aug 22, 2013 at 10:28 AM
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Volvo S60, Volvo S60 R, Sedan
#3074 of 3081 Re: Costco program - how much saved [amosz]
May 14, 2013 (7:17 pm)
We just ordered our S60. We installed the car seatsh into a demo model before ordering. The car seats for my 18 month old and 5 year old fit just fine. I bet it's a little tighter when the car seats are rear facing, but you can put it in the middle which helps.
I like a lot of leg room when I'm driving, so we found rear facing baby seats were tight in our Acura TLS and MDX as well.
#3075 of 3081 no spare a real problem
May 30, 2013 (6:32 pm)
I have had my 2012 Volvo S60 T6 for over a year and have driven it for more than 15,000 miles. It has been a great value and a pleasure to drive. Others have commented about the lack of a spare tire. The combination of low profile tires and 18 inch alloy wheels makes driving without a spare tire absolute foolishness. I hit some road debris. Both wheel and tire will have to be replaced. Fortunately the tire is still holding air, but that was simply my good luck. When I replace the wheel and tire tomorrow, I will also order a spare tire and tire jack. With this one exception I love my S60.
#3076 of 3081 Re: no spare a real problem [htwired1]
Jun 01, 2013 (12:56 pm)
The lack of a spare is usual for many vehicles, and soon will be the norm for most. Spare tires are going away. They are dead weight and they take up space. Lots of people like yourself will order one anyway, but it will less and less be standard. Yes, I know all the arguments against going without one. However on the other side of it, tires rarely fail today. On my last three vehicles, the spare was never out of the trunk. I had a small pickup with 170K and the original spare. Run flats are also improving. BMW is eliminating them. The Tesla does not come with one, even if you pay over $100K for one. Even in your case, with damage, the car is still drivable. You will of course have more peace of mind having a spare, but you won't have any trunk space. There is no well for a spare (those are on the way out too).
#3077 of 3081 Re: no spare a real problem [gregg_vw]
Jun 24, 2013 (5:06 pm)
I now have my spare tire. The extra wheel cost a mere $350. The jack another $70. The good news is that the trunk can accommodate the spare tire, my gold clubs, golf shoes and my yoga mat, but not much more. I'm happy.
#3078 of 3081 Re: no spare a real problem
Aug 21, 2013 (1:47 pm)
Love my new S60 but at the 600 mile mark, yes 600 miles, I picked up a 2" hex-head sheet metal screw in the shoulder of one tire. Drove right to the tire store as it was going down fast. Of course nobody will patch a puncture unless it's smack dab in the middle of the tread. So $173 and a day later I'm back on the road.
As for a spare tire, you don't need it until you need it.
Will be interesting to see if, over time, consumers revolt and demand more than an air pump and a can of goo.
#3079 of 3081 Re: no spare a real problem [jmaxe]
Aug 21, 2013 (2:04 pm)
I doubt they will. Your experience is truly regrettable, but the vast majority of people are lucky enough to drive on all 4 tires until they are worn enough to warrant buying new ones. Tires are just so much better than they used to be. With manufacturers looking for weight savings everywhere they can these days, more and more models have a spare as optional. Like it or not, this is the way things are going, and they will not go back to spares being standard. Sorry for your mishap. That truly sucks. But it is like you won the lottery the wrong way.
#3080 of 3081 Re: no spare a real problem [gregg_vw]
Aug 21, 2013 (11:56 pm)
My gut tells me you're right but it would be nice to have the option of a spare tire.
Sure, one can find a donut spare and jack kit but Volvo has eliminated the tire well in the S60 trunk whereas other mfgrs have kept the well but inserted a removable storage tray that can be sacrificed for an aftermarket spare.
Obviously it wasn't a deal breaker when it came to my purchase decision but then I didn't know that a flat will usually result in a new tire purchase, as well as $50 or so for a new one-use tire inflation kit.
#3081 of 3081 Re: no spare a real problem [jmaxe]
Aug 22, 2013 (10:28 am)
Yes. True. Not sure why Volvo eliminated the tire well. Now when you buy their optional spare, it takes up a good portion of the trunk space.