The Volvo S60 was a compact luxury sedan produced and sold by Volvo since 2000 and is currently in its third generation. However, make sure you have your Volvo S60 repair manual when you are repairing your S60. From personal experience, I verify that having one can save you from a lot of headaches.
The first generation, 2000–2009, was unveiled in autumn of 2000 with the intent on replacing the S70. Its foundation was the P2 platform. Moreover, it had a similar estate version called Volvo V70 and a sports variant called the S60 R.
The second generation spanned from 2010 to 2018; it debuted in North America as the 2011 model. It arrived with the 5th generation Haldex AWD system. It also had its own estate version, known as the Volvo V60.
The Volvo S60 was debuted in 2000 (2001 model year) and was celebrated as being the company's new sports sedan. The S60 was primarily set up to compete with the BMW 3 Series (E46) and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class (W203). The S60 was refreshed in 2005. The exterior was reworked, and the Four-C chassis from the S60 R also became an option on some S60s. In 2004, the T5 engine was redesigned from 2.3 to 2.4 L and received an increase of 10 hp and a modified turbo in the D5 model also helped increased the D5 hp from 161 hp to 182 hp.
Launched in 2004, Volvo's S60 R used a Haldex AWD system and had an engine that could turn out 296 hp at 300 lb⋅ft with an inline-5. The 2004 and 2005 models came with the option of either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed automatic, which allowed only 258 lb⋅ft torque in 1st and 2nd gears. Later, the 2006 and 2007 models were given either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, which was no longer torque-restricted.
The T5 engine was revamped in 2013, before the unveiling of the Drive-E. Among the minor adjustments to the T5 power plant, was a boost in engine compression from 9.0 to 9.5:1, engine torque peaked at 4200 rpm, and engine management changes provided greater rapidity in gear changes and upshifts when the 6-speed automatic gearbox was in the sport mode. Output remained the same throughout 2012 at 250 hp and 266 lb⋅ft of torque, however, there is a loophole for overboost from the turbo, which bumps the torque number to 295 lb⋅ft.
North American models hit the market in late 2013. The lineup included S60 T5 (base, Premier, Premier Plus, Platinum), T6 (AWD, Premier Plus, Platinum, R-Design AWD, RD Platinum). Today, the Volvo S60 is alive and kicking. So, before you go work on your S60, whether it be an old one or a new one, make sure you grab your Volvo S60 service manual today.