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2003 Volvo S60 Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by rwalley

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Reviewed: 2003 Volvo S60

4dr Sedan turbocharged 197hp 2.4L I5 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Why the 2003 Volvo S60?

Exterior styling

Flat nose design similar to a Scion TC or an older BMW. Looks great lowered or in an R version and no similar car like it on the road.

Fuel economy

Good fuel economy from the 5cyl.

Handling

Sat flat through hard turns and very easy to maneuver around city roads.

Why Not the 2003 Volvo S60?

Materials & workmanship

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Powertrain performance

The turbo took quite a while to engage and for the power, I feel that a 4-cyl could have been used, which would have provided better fuel economy in the process. Also, I feel this car is hurt by the FWD platform.

Reliability & durability

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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