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2002 Volvo S60 Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: If on a budget and want: comfort, decent performance, styling and safety look absolutely no further. by enfieldstate

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Introduction

Looking for a sedan that is luxurious and comfy, without a expensive badge? Are you good with electrical repair? Might be for you.

Reviewed: 2002 Volvo S60

4dr Sedan 168-horsepower 2.4L I5 5-speed automatic FWD

Why the 2002 Volvo S60?

Handling

Handling on the car is good. It will not blow you away by any measure. it is more lively than your average sedan but just a little. It is predictable, stable and feels smooth between gasing, braking and gas again, doesn't seem to surprise the car that it is in fact being abused some...The brakes are very good. suspension seems pushed at times however in intense turns, it's quite likely mine may need to be replaced or upgraded. The steering is smooth and responsive but has some lag in it so every movement isn't steering you into the next lane; you may lose some precision with this characteristic.

Exterior styling

exterior styling is excellent. it's a fun luxury sedan (saloon) and knows it. looks far better than average car from early 2000s. Smooth, sculpted body, awesome taillights and a slanted nose. very nice to look at.

Interior styling

The interior styling is excellent. The center stereo console is really unique and very practical and well made. There are either very good materials used interiorally or not. the inside door handles (not to be confused with outside handles) are rather squeaky and cheap; the dash and radio, and steering wheel are all very good quality. The lines and sculptedness of the cabin is comfy yet aestetically nice too.

Front seat support & comfort

I have to say this is a strong suit for this car. The seat is adjustable from every angle imaginable and is well made. The seat itself provides good support but is the most comfortable car seat I've ever sat in. It is gentle, but holds you in place, is a perfect shape and firmness in my opinion obviously. My sister's jetta (year 2000) is a junkyard with nails and mud compared to the driving position and comfort of the volvo. The seats are heated and leather for passenger and driver. The only downside? The leather wears out: probably due to heat, from seat warmer.

Fuel economy

Is really decent, for what it is. I could swear it gets better than what fueleconomy.gov says.

Why Not the 2002 Volvo S60?

Reliability & durability

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.

Driving position & visibility

driving position is excellent, visibility can be slightly limited when backing up and looking for pedestrians through front pillars.

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