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Acura TL vs. Volvo S60 Reliability

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Results are for year ending March 31, 2016. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2001 Acura TL / CL   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 TL / CLs, 7.8 months of data per TL / CL, average 140300 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2001 Volvo S60 102
53.2967032967% 53.2967032967% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  35 S60s, 9.1 months of data per S60, average 151200 miles

Redesigned.

 

2002 Volvo S60 121
67.2161172161% 67.2161172161% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  38 S60s, 8.6 months of data per S60, average 155000 miles

 

2003 Acura TL / CL   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 TL / CLs, 8.3 months of data per TL / CL, average 151400 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2003 Volvo S60   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 S60s, 9.0 months of data per S60, average 156400 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2004 Acura TL 46
17.2268907563% 17.2268907563% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 TLs, 9.3 months of data per TL, average 117000 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2004 Volvo S60 86
50.8403361345% 50.8403361345% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  63 S60s, 9.5 months of data per S60, average 144600 miles

 

2005 Acura TL 60
32.1428571429% 32.1428571429% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  33 TLs, 10.4 months of data per TL, average 116200 miles
2005 Volvo S60 88
57.1428571429% 57.1428571429% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  38 S60s, 9.3 months of data per S60, average 127000 miles

 

2006 Acura TL 96
73.1527093596% 73.1527093596% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 TLs, 8.1 months of data per TL, average 112900 miles

Unclear why the 2006 has a higher reported repair frequency than other 2004-2008 TLs. Bluetooth module and steering pump are common problem areas in all model years of this generation.
2006 Volvo S60 94
71.1822660099% 71.1822660099% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  48 S60s, 9.8 months of data per S60, average 113500 miles

 

2007 Acura TL 42
22.2077922078% 22.2077922078% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  40 TLs, 9.3 months of data per TL, average 90800 miles
2007 Volvo S60 61
41.9480519481% 41.9480519481% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 S60s, 10.3 months of data per S60, average 88400 miles

 

2008 Acura TL 43
25.8241758242% 25.8241758242% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  40 TLs, 9.8 months of data per TL, average 94500 miles

 

2009 Acura TL   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 TLs, 8.8 months of data per TL, average 77000 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2010 Acura TL   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 TLs, 9.8 months of data per TL, average 53500 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2012 Acura TL 30
32.1428571429% 32.1428571429% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  36 TLs, 9.9 months of data per TL, average 48800 miles
2012 Volvo S60 32
35.7142857143% 35.7142857143% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 S60s, 9.3 months of data per S60, average 40000 miles

 

2013 Acura TL   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 TLs, 9.9 months of data per TL, average 24100 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2013 Volvo S60 33
41.4285714286% 41.4285714286% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  33 S60s, 9.8 months of data per S60, average 27900 miles

 

2014 Volvo S60   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 S60s, 9.8 months of data per S60, average 21000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2015 Volvo S60 26
43.1677018634% 43.1677018634% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 S60s, 9.7 months of data per S60, average 12000 miles

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Acura TL vs. Volvo S60 Reliability Comparisons

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Acura TL

Acura TL Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr Sedan 280-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Its a great quality car, from a company that stands behind it.
2010 4dr Sedan 305-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Having previously driven a 2003 CL-Type S I have over 7 years of previous ownership experience and over 16 years total driving Honda/Acura products. With regular maintenance these cars are bulletproof and require very little maintenance.
2009 4dr Sedan 305-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Rock Solid, 19K miles and not a single issue.
2009 4dr Sedan 280-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
These cars are bullet proof.
2008 4dr Sedan 258-horsepower 3.2L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Everything just works. After 2 years, everything is still as solid as the day I bought it.
2008 4dr Sedan 258-horsepower 3.2L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Acura name - no major issues with over 26k miles on it now.
2008 4dr Sedan 258-horsepower 3.2L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Acura (Honda) reputation for reliability and my personal experience with the brands.
2008 4dr Sedan 286-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
The car is awesome. It is so reliable and the only thing I have done is get new brake pads and a new battery all these years.
2007 4dr Sedan 258-horsepower 3.2L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
This is my second TL and both have proven to be reliable cars.
2007 4dr Sedan 286-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Very minor defects, very reliable and forgiving. Parts are very carefully designed to last.
Acura TL Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Sedan 258-horsepower 3.2L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
The engine was blowing blue within the first 6 months of ownership. The transmission was jerky from day one.
2005 4dr Sedan 270-horsepower 3.2L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
At 45k miles already have three broken engine mounts, steering rack is leaking and worn excessively, torn control arm bushings, torque converter is starting to fail. Trans will fail around 75k miles.
2003 4dr Sedan 260-horsepower 3.2L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Premature transmission failure #1 @73,900.
2003 4dr Sedan 260-horsepower 3.2L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
The transmission failed at about 70,000 miles.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Volvo S60

Volvo S60 Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Sedan turbocharged 208hp 2.5L I5
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
reported to be superior, back with an excellent warranty
2007 4dr Sedan turbocharged 300hp 2.5L I5
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
still practical
2005 4dr Sedan turbocharged 208hp 2.5L I5
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Have owned for 4.5 years. Wife and I purchased based on experiences of 2 family members who had good experiences. We have been stranded once (in driveway) due to faulty shift lock mechanism, otherwise have put 151,000 essentially pain-free KM on this.
2004 4dr Sedan turbocharged 247hp 2.3L I5
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
So far no unscheduled mantianance required.
2002 4dr Sedan 168-horsepower 2.4L I5
5-speed automatic FWD
The non-turbocharged engine in this car will last forever, with the right maintenance and upkeep. The car only needs to see the dealership once every 7,500 miles, which is nice, and services are not overly expensive.
Volvo S60 Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2004 4dr Sedan turbocharged 300hp 2.5L I5
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
RELIABILITY, car has intermittent electrical problem that cripples the vehicle with no notice. Dealer has had the car for a combined total of over 6 weeks and still has not fixed the problem. For this reason I will never buy a Volvo again. Google "Volvo electrical problems" and you will see it quite common
2004 4dr Sedan turbocharged 300hp 2.5L I5
6-speed manual AWD
Volvo is not willing to take responsibility for the AWD system braking on the R. Many reported issues costing the customer over $2000 to repair.
2003 4dr Sedan turbocharged 197hp 2.4L I5
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Lots of little problems such as the front tires rubbing the inner fender wall when having the steering wheel cranked all the way left or right. Also, began to hear a noticeable valve ticking at 60k miles.
2002 4dr Sedan 168-horsepower 2.4L I5
5-speed automatic FWD
Reliablilty is probably on the lower end of mediocre. This can only be said of my car and I am the second owner. I think most of the components are dependable and well made with a few exceptions. one being the bosch coil packs, they die; a different brand is cheap on ebay to replace (12.00 usd new) and work awesome but about 60.00usd + for one bosch, which suck. period. instrument cluster is finicky in some of these, including mine: (made in phillipines??, not japan etc) I say this b/c most of the car was made in belgium, germany, france and on...Mechanically the car is quite good, I don't expect anything non electrical to go anytime soon. But again, expect some minor to moderate electrical issues, esspecially if like any car it has been in an accident. all the forum horror stories about ETM and limp home mode and all that have been completely a non-issue over a year later for my s60. Volvo followed the recall for my particular car and remedied it before, I assume, it ever became an issue back in 2002.