Junkyard Find: 2005 Volvo S60 With Five-speed Manual Transmission
Adventure One on Aug 03, 2020
"These cars, like all technologically-advanced upscale European vehicles, need regular maintenance and repairs can cost plenty." This just doesn't make any sense. None. Why do we spend a load of money buying upscale cars? Because we want performance and RELIABILITY. If we wanted pretty, unreliable cars we would've bought a Daewoo for half of the money. These vehicles are NOT high tech. They are like eating a poop cake. Below all that pretty icing is just...poop. I own 2 Volvo's, a C30 & XC70. I've been eating rice and macaroni for months to save up for a new vehicle. ANY vehicle besides a Volvo. When I'm finally able to buy said vehicle, nobody will end up buying my worthless Volvos. I intend to set them on fire. The reason you don't see a lot of Volvos in the junkyard is because enraged and disillusioned owners who fell for those trumped up reliability ratings prefer to destroy the object of their hate rather than get a few dollars of their investment back. It's more satisfying to set them on fire, push them off cliffs and sink them in lakes. Maybe by the time I get my next vehicle I'll have gotten over my anger enough to simply drive them into the metal recycler and walk away without a backwards look. And maybe not. Probably not...
DeClercq on Aug 10, 2020
My dad had the T5 version of this car so it had the pretty cool "spaceball" shifter. I would have inherited it when he was ready to move on from it but an early morning encounter with Bambi dashed those plans. He would have bought another Volvo, but by that time they no longer offered any manual cars in the US. So he settled for a 2015 WRX. My parents have actually had pretty good luck with Volvo's. Their first was an '81 240 wagon (4-spd with push button OD on top of the shifter - what I learned to drive on), '89 740 (5-spd manual), then his S60 T5 (manual, of course). My mother also drove a S60 but it was a base model with an auto since she commuted to D.C. and she didn't want to drive a manual in that traffic. Now she has a C70 (relegated to back-up car since she just bought a RAV4). The 240 had over 200k (odo stopped working at 188k) when suspension rust doomed it. The 740 and both S60's were totaled in only minor collisions. All had well over 100k miles on them with no major issues.
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