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Volvo S60 vs. Honda Civic Reliability

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Results are for year ending December 31, 2015. 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    
2015 Honda Civic 0
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  37 Civics, 6.9 months of data per Civic, average 6500 miles
2015 Volvo S60 23
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  30 S60s, 8.9 months of data per S60, average 10300 miles

 

2014 Honda Civic 14
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 Civics, 10.0 months of data per Civic, average 10500 miles
2014 Volvo S60   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 S60s, 9.5 months of data per S60, average 18100 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2013 Honda Civic 5
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  61 Civics, 8.7 months of data per Civic, average 22800 miles
2013 Volvo S60 28
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 S60s, 9.9 months of data per S60, average 24900 miles

 

2012 Honda Civic 18
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  74 Civics, 9.0 months of data per Civic, average 44100 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2012 Volvo S60 20
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 S60s, 8.6 months of data per S60, average 38700 miles

 

2011 Honda Civic 23
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Civics, 9.9 months of data per Civic, average 52600 miles

 

2010 Honda Civic 15
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  43 Civics, 9.1 months of data per Civic, average 63900 miles

 

2009 Honda Civic 27
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  63 Civics, 9.8 months of data per Civic, average 76800 miles

 

2008 Honda Civic 36
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  71 Civics, 9.4 months of data per Civic, average 89400 miles

 

2007 Honda Civic 26
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  64 Civics, 8.8 months of data per Civic, average 108400 miles
2007 Volvo S60 67
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 S60s, 9.7 months of data per S60, average 88300 miles

 

2006 Honda Civic 43
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  69 Civics, 8.6 months of data per Civic, average 124100 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2006 Volvo S60 99
80% 80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  47 S60s, 10.3 months of data per S60, average 109600 miles

 

2005 Honda Civic 60
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  40 Civics, 8.6 months of data per Civic, average 126600 miles
2005 Volvo S60 75
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  36 S60s, 10.2 months of data per S60, average 122600 miles

 

2004 Honda Civic 76
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  52 Civics, 7.6 months of data per Civic, average 137100 miles
2004 Volvo S60 97
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  58 S60s, 9.1 months of data per S60, average 140500 miles

 

2003 Honda Civic 76
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  35 Civics, 9.0 months of data per Civic, average 135900 miles
2003 Volvo S60   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 S60s, 8.7 months of data per S60, average 158100 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2002 Honda Civic 61
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  41 Civics, 9.2 months of data per Civic, average 126100 miles
2002 Volvo S60 119
80% 80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  39 S60s, 9.8 months of data per S60, average 149500 miles

 

2001 Honda Civic 92
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 Civics, 9.0 months of data per Civic, average 161600 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2001 Volvo S60 86
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  38 S60s, 9.5 months of data per S60, average 151200 miles

Redesigned.

 

2000 Honda Civic   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Civics, 4.4 months of data per Civic, average 148800 miles

* Small sample, members only.

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Volvo S60 vs. Honda Civic Reliability Comparisons

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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
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.
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
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.
 

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 manual FWD
Reliable car.
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 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Over 180K on the odometer, and I've had only one non-wear item to need repair. That being said, that one problem could have been a huge issue -- it was adefective engine block that suddenly developed a small crack that leaked coolant. Fortunately, it was 100% covered by Honda as an extended warranty item on my 7-year old car -- they literally replaced the engine block including labor.
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 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 2dr Coupe 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
It is a low maintenance, low cost to own, and long lasting small vehicle that can be driven "worry free".
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 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.
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.
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