Last post on Oct 02, 2012 at 8:11 AM
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#13 of 14 Thinking about buying 2005 s60- looking for some help!
Sep 21, 2012 (11:30 am)
Hi, I am a new buyer and seriously considering buying a beautiful 05 s60 with 65,507 miles on it.... it's $9,000 which seems very fair, I think (is it?).
I've just graduated college and need a good, reliable car for city driving. I am concerned about the expense of maintenance and upkeep repairs of a volvo (including tire changes, etc.)
My parents are telling me I should not buy a volvo because of the expensive upkeep.
I need advice- Are my parents right (they have had land rover since 2000- very expensive repairs, constant maintenance, has been a huge headache since year 4), or are they just bitter about foreign cars?
Will I be paying a lot of money for the next 5 years on this car?
I appreciate any advice- thanks!
#14 of 14 Thinking about buying 2005 s60 -
Oct 02, 2012 (8:11 am)
Hi, I own a '05 s60 that I bought new. It has 70000 miles on it. I have not had any problems with this car UNTIL recently. In the past 4 months I have had to replace the "steering column module" at a cost of $600 and just recently the "throttle module" at a cost of $1100. From what the dealership said, the trottle module is similar to replacing the carburetor on other cars. I also have had problems since they replaced this module. Supposedly Volvo issued a directive advising some of the "connectors" on the throttle module are defective and I've had to take it back in for repairs (albeit free); still a drain on my time. I was told by the dealership that they've had problems with repairs to some of the throttle modules because "this is uncharted territory." I find that to be a bit worrisome. When the module was going bad the error message I received was "reduced engine performance." It felt as if you were trying to press on the gas while the car is in neutral and you didn't have any power.
Although I love my car and I no longer have a car payment, I would not recommend buying this model as a used car. Service is expensive even if done outside the dealership. I don't think your parents are bitter - foreign cars are expensive to maintain in general. Hope this helps. Good luck with your decision.