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Should I Avoid an ’04 Volvo S60

Thoughts on the ’04 Volvo S60?

Buyer’s Guide for 2004 S60: Bad Valves?

Question: I’m considering purchasing a 2004 S60 as an upgrade from my 850. However, the MSN.cars site reports that the 2004 S60’s have problems with the intake valves going bad and needing replacement at a cost of about $1,800.

Answer: There were some engines built with hard seats for CNG fuel but with gasoline valves. The softer valves need the corresponding seats. The valve would have wear ring where it wears on seat and end up causing poor cold running and then misfiring. The problem shows up earlier usually and would almost be certain to have surfaced by 75K miles.

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04 Volvo S60

Bonus! More on the First Gen Volvo S60

The S60 was built on Volvo’s P2 platform, which was shared with other Volvo models like the S80, V70, XC70 and finally the XC90.

The Volvo S60 was released in 2000 (2001 model year) being the company’s new generation sports sedan. The S60 is aimed to mainly compete with the BMW 3 Series (E46) and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class (W203). Unlike its rivals, the Volvo S60 continued production for 9 years with multiple facelifts. The S60 was refreshed in 2005. The exterior was updated with body-colored side moldings and bumpers with chrome linings, as well as new headlamps replacing the original with black housing. The interior received some updates as well, with new seats, trim, and an updated center console. The S60 went through a final facelift in 2008 with full body-colored bumper and door inserts and larger emblem in the front and larger spaced out “V-O-L-V-O” letters in the rear. The interior featured a new pattern upholstery which differs from its original pattern. The S60 came standard with Volvo’s own radio unit, the HU-650 and an optional extra HU-850 unit. The HU-850 unit features a 225 or 335-watt power output (depending on optional external amplifier) with three presets: 2CH, 3CH and Dolby Digital Pro Logic II Surround Sound. The Four-C chassis from the S60 R became an option on some S60s. In 2004 the T5 engine was reengineered from 2.3 to 2.4 litres and received an increase of 10 bhp (7 kW; 10 PS), and a modified turbo in the D5 model also increased the D5 bhp from 163 PS to 185 PS.

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