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Volvo S60 vs. Honda Civic Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Volvo S60 or Honda Civic reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Volvo S60 and the Honda Civic truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Volvo S60 and Honda Civic reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Volvo S60 and the Honda Civic were a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Volvo S60 and the Honda Civic have been recently.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2014 Honda Civic   20 Civics, 3.3 months of data per Civic, average 2700 miles

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2013 Honda Civic 47 Civics, 9.9 months of data per Civic, average 8900 miles8
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Volvo S60 35 S60s, 9.1 months of data per S60, average 11700 miles19
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Honda Civic 88 Civics, 9.4 months of data per Civic, average 29600 miles

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0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Volvo S60 39 S60s, 9.6 months of data per S60, average 28200 miles48
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Honda Civic   23 Civics, 10.0 months of data per Civic, average 34600 miles

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2010 Honda Civic 42 Civics, 9.3 months of data per Civic, average 48700 miles15
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Honda Civic 57 Civics, 9.5 months of data per Civic, average 58600 miles20
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Honda Civic 79 Civics, 8.8 months of data per Civic, average 80700 miles26
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Honda Civic 69 Civics, 8.8 months of data per Civic, average 89500 miles28
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Volvo S60 30 S60s, 8.9 months of data per S60, average 82400 miles54
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Honda Civic 62 Civics, 9.1 months of data per Civic, average 114500 miles

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30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Volvo S60 48 S60s, 9.9 months of data per S60, average 95800 miles99
80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Honda Civic 27 Civics, 9.2 months of data per Civic, average 110600 miles34
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Volvo S60 44 S60s, 9.1 months of data per S60, average 113400 miles87
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Honda Civic 40 Civics, 8.2 months of data per Civic, average 137400 miles51
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Volvo S60 60 S60s, 9.6 months of data per S60, average 124800 miles100
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Volvo S60 R   10 S60 Rs, 10.3 months of data per S60 R, average 107800 miles

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2003 Honda Civic 38 Civics, 7.8 months of data per Civic, average 128600 miles56
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Volvo S60   22 S60s, 8.3 months of data per S60, average 144200 miles

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2002 Honda Civic 47 Civics, 9.0 months of data per Civic, average 137200 miles57
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Volvo S60 40 S60s, 7.4 months of data per S60, average 139500 miles114
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 Honda Civic 31 Civics, 9.8 months of data per Civic, average 160800 miles

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20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 Volvo S60 47 S60s, 8.4 months of data per S60, average 146100 miles

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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 Honda Civic 27 Civics, 8.0 months of data per Civic, average 135600 miles72
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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1999 Honda Civic   21 Civics, 7.1 months of data per Civic, average 162800 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Volvo S60

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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.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Honda Civic

Honda Civic Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr Sedan 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
This is my fourth Civic and they have proven reliability.
2011 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
no problems
2010 2dr Coupe 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
bulletproof reliability
2009 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Remains to be seen. Bought on basis of good reputation for this car.
2009 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
excellent
2008 4dr Sedan 110-horsepower 1.3L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
Built well and appears to be solid at 10000 miles.
2008 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
There are many good cars in this regard, but Honda is again one of the leaders, as well as having the least expensive parts for maintenance and repair, according to a CAA Survey a couple of years ago.
2008 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
I have put over 33,000 miles on it in the last 15 months, no maintenance beyond oil/filter changes & a set of new tires.
2008 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
They have a well-deserved excellent reputation. I had one several years ago and it just kept going. Sold it with 134k with the original clutch. Replaced the water pump, a dash switch, and the horn in eleven years.
2008 4dr Sedan 110-horsepower 1.3L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
does what it is supposed to do
Honda Civic Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Sedan 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
clutch should not go out in 9k miles
2007 2dr Coupe 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Came off the lot with many rattles and squeaks. Had to have both rear bearings replaced and had a third gear issue. Had to have transmission rebuilt to repair 3rd gear.
2007 4dr Sedan 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
little things go wrong
2007 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Had an oil leak at 27,000 miles that required warranty work. It was a known problem. On returning home I found the engine grounding strap had not been reattached.
2006 2dr Coupe 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Major rear suspension problems that Honda refused to correct under Warranty. Definately my last Honda. I had to replace the rear control arms out of my own pocket