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I purchased my certified pre-owned 2011 S60 T6 this past May with 37,000 miles. Not too long afterwards I noticed that it was consuming way too much oil between changes. I brought it in for the 45,000 mile service at around 43,000 miles and explained the consumption issue to the service manager. They put 8 quarts of oil in and told me to check oil again at 48000. I checked it again at around 47,600 and the oil level was just below the safe area on the dip stick; consumed at least 2 quarts in less than 3,000 miles. Clearly the engine was consuming a lot of oil! The car went back into the dealer last Thursday to undergo an oil consumption test. I spoke to the dealer today and they confirmed that there was, indeed, a problem. So much so that they are replacing ALL SIX of the pistons! Thank god that this is covered under warranty. I really love this car and am considering the Polestar software download. Hopefully this is just an anomaly with this engine.
 

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I purchased my certified pre-owned 2011 S60 T6 this past May with 37,000 miles. Not too long afterwards I noticed that it was consuming way too much oil between changes. I brought it in for the 45,000 mile service at around 43,000 miles and explained the consumption issue to the service manager. They put 8 quarts of oil in and told me to check oil again at 48000. I checked it again at around 47,600 and the oil level was just below the safe area on the dip stick; consumed at least 2 quarts in less than 3,000 miles. Clearly the engine was consuming a lot of oil! The car went back into the dealer last Thursday to undergo an oil consumption test. I spoke to the dealer today and they confirmed that there was, indeed, a problem. So much so that they are replacing ALL SIX of the pistons! Thank god that this is covered under warranty. I really love this car and am considering the Polestar software download. Hopefully this is just an anomaly with this engine.
Yep, anomaly. Our XC70 T6 AWD is the same motor and uses no measurable amount of oil between 7500 mile changes. 72k miles on it so far.
 

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I purchased my certified pre-owned 2011 S60 T6 this past May with 37,000 miles. Not too long afterwards I noticed that it was consuming way too much oil between changes. I brought it in for the 45,000 mile service at around 43,000 miles and explained the consumption issue to the service manager. They put 8 quarts of oil in and told me to check oil again at 48000. I checked it again at around 47,600 and the oil level was just below the safe area on the dip stick; consumed at least 2 quarts in less than 3,000 miles. Clearly the engine was consuming a lot of oil! The car went back into the dealer last Thursday to undergo an oil consumption test. I spoke to the dealer today and they confirmed that there was, indeed, a problem. So much so that they are replacing ALL SIX of the pistons! Thank god that this is covered under warranty. I really love this car and am considering the Polestar software download. Hopefully this is just an anomaly with this engine.
Gettin' some forged pistons/rods put in??;) I'm sure you're extremely happy it's covered under warranty!
 

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Gettin' some forged pistons/rods put in??;) I'm sure you're extremely happy it's covered under warranty!
Ha, you bet I am, LOL! I wonder what the repair bill would be if it were outside of warranty ... YIKES!!
 

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Ha, you bet I am, LOL! I wonder what the repair bill would be if it were outside of warranty ... YIKES!!
4 cylinders on an Audi A4 run $5,000. 6 cyl can only be more.
 

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Gettin' some forged pistons/rods put in??;) I'm sure you're extremely happy it's covered under warranty!
Performance Forged Pistons need a larger piston to cylinder wall clearance when building the motor and will consume more oil.
 

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Well, kudos to Volvo for standing behind their vehicle. I got no push-back whatsoever. In fact, they started the repairs immediately.
Is this the 3.0 or 3.2 T6? The 3.2 is notorious for this. I dont think the 3.2 was ever offered on the S60 in the US but maybe it was somewhere else.
 

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Well, kudos to Volvo for standing behind their vehicle. I got no push-back whatsoever. In fact, they started the repairs immediately.
Great news! I hope it works out well for you when all is said and done.

Performance Forged Pistons need a larger piston to cylinder wall clearance when building the motor and will consume more oil.
Way to ruin the fun with your facts from reality.:p
 

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I picked up the car today and it runs beautifully. I also purchased the Polestar upgrade, which has changed the driving characteristics and made the car an absolute thrill to drive. As an 'FYI' the fix required 55 hours of labor, plus parts. Once again, kudos to Volvo.
 

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i had the same issue on my 2011 s60 t6 with polestar. all 6 pistons replaced. so far ive got a few thousand miles and the issue has not returned. the oil consumption issue on my vehicle was rather aggressive, around a quart per 2000 miles and got worse over time. started at around 35k and replaced at around 40k.
 

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i had the same issue on my 2011 s60 t6 with polestar. all 6 pistons replaced. so far ive got a few thousand miles and the issue has not returned. the oil consumption issue on my vehicle was rather aggressive, around a quart per 2000 miles and got worse over time. started at around 35k and replaced at around 40k.
Just so you know a quart every 2000 is NOT aggressive consumption. After speaking with Volvo they said with regards to cars with High Pressure Turbo that a quart per 800 miles is "within tolerance".

Can you believe they have the balls to say that? lol
 

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Lots of Volvo 6 cylinders being rebuilt on Volvo's dime for this reason
 

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Just so you know a quart every 2000 is NOT aggressive consumption. After speaking with Volvo they said with regards to cars with High Pressure Turbo that a quart per 800 miles is "within tolerance".

Can you believe they have the balls to say that? lol
Yeah, nice try, LOL!
 

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Lots of Volvo 6 cylinders being rebuilt on Volvo's dime for this reason
Have they offered any explanation? Were the pistons defective leaving the factory or was something happening in the engine that degraded them in some way?
 

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Just so you know a quart every 2000 is NOT aggressive consumption. After speaking with Volvo they said with regards to cars with High Pressure Turbo that a quart per 800 miles is "within tolerance".

Can you believe they have the balls to say that? lol
If I started adding a quart every 800 miles, and they told me it was normal, I would drop the vehicle like a hot potato and look at other brands! If I ever run into this, I hope my dealer takes the high road and does what's right!. Lol!
 

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If I started adding a quart every 800 miles, and they told me it was normal, I would drop the vehicle like a hot potato and look at other brands!
Then you can skip right past VW/Audi
 
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