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Hey,<br>I am new to this forum but have always loved Volvo's. I know have the money to go buy a s60 T5. The one im looking at is an 01 s60 T5 with 90k on it and no accidents. I was curious if there is anything i should look for that goes wrong on these cars. Also, any idea how long the normal stock turbo lasts for? Any all suggestions are more then welcome <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>P.S. Where do you guy buy your aftermarket parts like HID,Chips?
 

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Re: Going to look at 01 s60 T5 anything i should look for/suggestions ? (CaseJ)

<A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerosearch" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerosearch</A> <p>search is your friend.... make sure to do an archive search too, many of your concerns have been discussed in previous threads. Maybe someone can chime in for the turbo reliability... from what I have heard they are built to last. I too have a t5... great car.
 

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Re: Going to look at 01 s60 T5 anything i should look for/suggestions ? (CaseJ)

Service records, service resords, <B>did I mention service records</B>
 

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Re: Going to look at 01 s60 T5 anything i should look for/suggestions ? (S60 t5er)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>S60 t5er</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> Maybe someone can chime in for the turbo reliability... from what I have heard they are built to last. I too have a t5... great car.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>As long as the oil and its filter have been changed as recommended, the 2.3L engine and the turbo are bulletoproof. Car will start rusting before these two start to break down.<p>Yannis
 

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Re: Going to look at 01 s60 T5 anything i should look for/suggestions ? (GrecianVolvo)

~ 140k miles is doable for a turbo.
 

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Re: Going to look at 01 s60 T5 anything i should look for/suggestions ? (Johann)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Johann</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">~ 140k miles is doable for a turbo. </TD></TR></TABLE><br>Lifetime for us mortals who drive sanely <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> (and change the oil)
 

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Re: Going to look at 01 s60 T5 anything i should look for/suggestions ? (JRL)

'01 has one problem, the Electronic Throttle Module, which Volvo has now finally agreed to extend the warranty on. The piece is made by Magnetti Marelli, and is junk. It was on '99 to '01 Turbos, and up to '02 NA cars. <p>Basically, the ETM dies, and needs to be replaced. That cost the prior owner of my car $850, but they can now get their money back from Volvo. There is a free service recall, recall 155, which is supposed to update the software, but the jury is out on it. It either ignores error codes, and lets you keep going, or actually tells the ECM to operate in spite of the errors. Most drivers says it reinvigorates the car. Haven't had mine done yet, think the ETM is going, and I want some error codes so I get a new one and the software at the same time.<p>Other known problems:<br>1. Turbo - not that I've heard of, unless the prior owner didn't change oil often enough, and built up slidge in the system. As JRL said - SERVICE RECORDS.<br>2. Sway bar end links - oftentimes there will be a noise in the front end, and the sway bar links have gone bad. Not exepnsive, and IPD sells heavy duty replacements, while QuickBrick sells super heavy duty end links. Not a deal killer.<br>3. Strut bushings. Top of struts, sometimes you'll hear a groaning sound, and it may be the bushings or the top mount. Again, not a deal killer, and I've not heard of this being a particular problem for more than a few cars.<br>4. Top engine mount - Aha, a VERY common problem, but easily fixed. The mount is on the top of the engine, and the original is a round rubber bushing. The bushing goes bad, and the engine vibration slowly gets worse. FIX: replace the bushing. If you have an automatic, JRL suggests that you NOT use the IPD or Evolve bushings, they are Delrin, or similar hard plastic, and transmit much vibration at idle. The stock bushing may not be available anymore, my dealer sold me an '05/'06 bushing , which includes a new housing. The bushing is cross shaped, and is not replaceable, so you replace the entire bushing and mount. Took me less than an hour to do, and I was checking out other things on the car. Next time, I expect it would take me only about 30 minutes from start to clean up. Easy for the home mechanic, a breeze for dealer. Cost, I recall about $70 with VCOA discount from my dealer.<br>5. Air conditioner temp control - I noticed my car didn't keep temperature under control, and the dealer suggested that I either vacuum out the set of small slots in the air conditioning control unit (3 horizontal slots to the right side of the unit in the center of the dash), or blow compressed air into the slots. I vacuumed the slots, and got a ton of lint out. Then I blew compressed air into it. Voila, my A/C keeps better control of temperature. The link clogged the small fan inside, so there was not a proper flow of air for the sensor to get a reading. If it happens again, probably need to replace the sensor. Dealer can usually find a fault if that is the problem. My local dealer said they've seen a few of these go bad, but it is not an everyday occurance.<p>Other items are simply normal replacement. Don't know if there is a normal life for motor mounts (other than the top one), clutch, etc. My throwout bearing is starting to have a small vibration at 95,000 miles, and I am not thrilled, that means about a 11 hour job to replace it, and if I do, the clutch and rear main seal will get replaced as well. Based on prior experience with other cars, I'll probably get near 120,000 or more miles before I do this, and I"ve heard of other cars getting even better mileage out of the clutch. If you have an automatic, change the fluid as recommended, and consider asking if the dealer will reprogram the system to eliminate the hated shift into neutral at stop(?) problem. Don't have an auto, so I may have misstated this problem, but once the programming is changed, the car is supposed to be much smoother when coming to a stop and pulling away from stop. Think the complaint is a hesitation is moving away from a light, that is because it shifts into neutral to save gas, and then takes a bit of time to shift into gear when you hit the gas.<p>Great car, I have no regrets, even with the ETM, since the extended warranty seems to lower the risk of that problem. It's fast, comfortable, and stealth to the cops, if you like to drive fast, and still carries a decent amount of luggage.
 
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