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Acura TL vs. Volvo S60 Reliability by Model Generation

Results are for year ending September 30, 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 and Model Percent of Average  
2015 - 2016 Volvo S60
20.8571428571% Best 74% Worst
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2011 - 2014 Volvo S60
28.8571428571% Best 88% Worst
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2012 - 2014 Acura TL
34% Best 97% Worst
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2009 - 2011 Acura TL
6.57142857143% Best 49% Worst
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2001 - 2009 Volvo S60
57.4285714286% Best 138% Worst
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2004 - 2008 Acura TL
32.2857142857% Best 94% Worst
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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. full 2010 Acura TL review
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. full 2010 Acura TL review
2009 4dr Sedan 280-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
These cars are bullet proof. full 2009 Acura TL review
2009 4dr Sedan 305-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Rock Solid, 19K miles and not a single issue. full 2009 Acura TL review
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. full 2008 Acura TL review
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. full 2008 Acura TL review
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. full 2008 Acura TL review
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. full 2007 Acura TL review
2007 4dr Sedan 286-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed manual FWD
Nothing breaks ever full 2007 Acura TL review
2007 4dr Sedan 286-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed manual FWD
In a word, bulletproof. Almost 3-1/2 years of trouble free urban driving and with annual 2800 mile round trips from Seattle to Chula Vista, CA. Aside from free 1st dealer service, zero trips back to the dealer as I do my own maintenance/lubrication full 2007 Acura TL review
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. full 2008 Acura TL review
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. full 2005 Acura TL review
2003 4dr Sedan 260-horsepower 3.2L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
The transmission failed at about 70,000 miles. full 2003 Acura TL review
2003 4dr Sedan 260-horsepower 3.2L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Premature transmission failure #1 @73,900. full 2003 Acura TL review
 

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 full 2008 Volvo S60 review
2007 4dr Sedan turbocharged 300hp 2.5L I5
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
still practical full 2007 Volvo S60 review
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. full 2005 Volvo S60 review
2004 4dr Sedan turbocharged 247hp 2.3L I5
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
So far no unscheduled mantianance required. full 2004 Volvo S60 review
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. full 2002 Volvo S60 review
Volvo S60 Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
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. full 2004 Volvo S60 review
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 full 2004 Volvo S60 review
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. full 2003 Volvo S60 review
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. full 2002 Volvo S60 review