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Volvo S60 vs. Mercedes-Benz E-Class Reliability Comparisons

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

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Volvo S60 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Volvo S60 and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class 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 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 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  
2013 Volvo S60 30 S60s, 6.4 months of data per S60, average 6800 miles25
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Volvo S60 38 S60s, 9.7 months of data per S60, average 20000 miles46
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 29 E-Classes, 8.8 months of data per E-Class, average 24400 miles43
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 25 E-Classes, 9.2 months of data per E-Class, average 33600 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   14 E-Classes, 9.0 months of data per E-Class, average 47700 miles

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2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 28 E-Classes, 8.9 months of data per E-Class, average 50200 miles82
80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 37 E-Classes, 8.9 months of data per E-Class, average 68300 miles

Repair frequencies for the 2006 and 2008 have increased in the past year, but that for the 2007 has not. No specific problems common with any of these years, so no obvious explanation.
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30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Volvo S60 32 S60s, 10.1 months of data per S60, average 72900 miles67
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 27 E-Classes, 9.1 months of data per E-Class, average 87200 miles88
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Volvo S60 R   14 S60 Rs, 9.2 months of data per S60 R, average 65800 miles

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2006 Volvo S60 44 S60s, 9.8 months of data per S60, average 90600 miles86
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   19 E-Classes, 9.2 months of data per E-Class, average 85700 miles

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2005 Volvo S60 51 S60s, 9.0 months of data per S60, average 103300 miles66
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Volvo S60 R   10 S60 Rs, 7.1 months of data per S60 R, average 80300 miles

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2004 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   13 E-Classes, 7.4 months of data per E-Class, average 81700 miles

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2004 Volvo S60 R   20 S60 Rs, 8.9 months of data per S60 R, average 104200 miles

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2004 Volvo S60 56 S60s, 9.9 months of data per S60, average 121000 miles78
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   15 E-Classes, 9.1 months of data per E-Class, average 94200 miles

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2003 Volvo S60 26 S60s, 10.3 months of data per S60, average 136100 miles116
80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Volvo S60 45 S60s, 9.2 months of data per S60, average 133100 miles124
90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   16 E-Classes, 9.8 months of data per E-Class, average 144600 miles

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2001 Volvo S60 47 S60s, 8.7 months of data per S60, average 139600 miles111
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   15 E-Classes, 6.8 months of data per E-Class, average 119000 miles

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1999 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   15 E-Classes, 8.9 months of data per E-Class, average 126500 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 Volvo S60 Reliability and Durability

Reliability and Durability of the Volvo S60: 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.
Reliability and Durability of the Volvo S60: 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.

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What Our Members Are Saying about Mercedes-Benz E-Class Reliability and Durability

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