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2001 Volvo S60 Sedan

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2001 Volvo S60 T5

Source: The Car Connection

Volvo-speak for safe and sporty.

by Eric Peters

There are sporty Volvos - really! Even four door sporty Volvos, with 247-hp turbocharged engines and - wait for it - five-speed manual gearboxes. It's all true; it's just not especially well-known. You have to be familiar with the lingo. And in Volvo-speak, "sporty sedan" comes out roughly in the following code: S60 T5.

The $31,800 T5 is the high-performance version of Volvo's midsize sedan, the S60. It replaces the old S70 sedan and looks very much like a new S80 T6, Volvo's larger, luxury-performance sedan. If the S60 looks similar in overall concept and execution to the S80 T6, it's because both cars share a common platform and reflect Volvo's effort to transmogrify its line from safe but stodgy cars to safe cars that are also neat cars.

Like the $40,900 S80 T6, the S60 T5 features a transversely (e.g., sideways) mounted, turbocharged engine - only it's a five cylinder instead of the S80's in-line six - upgraded suspension, wheels, tires, and special trim inside and out. It has a similar interior and, from a distance of about 20 yards, it's hard to tell the cars apart.

Manual transmission sets T5 apart

However, one can order an S60 T5 with a manual transmission, a feature not available in the automatic-only S80 T6. This fact renders the S60 T5 in some ways more enjoyable from an enthusiast driver's perspective than the S80 T6, even though the S80 has a bigger engine (a 2.8 liter straight six vs. the T5's in-line 2.3 liter five) with significantly more horsepower (268-hp for the S80 T6, 247-hp for the S60 T5).

The presence of the manual gearbox goes a long way toward making the S60 T5 of interest as a serious sport sedan: a car to think about alongside such contenders in the entry luxury/sport sedan niche as the BMW 330i, Lexus IS300, C-Class Mercedes and Audi A4. Those cars are generally more expensive and (excepting the Audi) are rear-wheel-drive, which is an advantage in terms of absolute handling capability. But the front-drive S60 T5 is the first Volvo that could trot onto the field with those machines and not seem completely out of its league.

The fact is the S60 T5 is a most enjoyable car; you appreciate it more and more as each mile clicks effortlessly and comfortably away in those wonderful Volvo seats. It has excellent throttle response and pulling power under all conditions, and it doesn't mind at all being driven a little hard. Sure, you'd be handicapped somewhat by the front-drive layout on an autocross circuit, but rear-drive sport sedans are handicapped by such things as rain and ice, which the front-drive Volvo can cope with far better.

A well rounded standout

Bottom line: If you are looking for a good all-weather sporty sedan with enough beans to deliver when you need it - and enough class to stand out from the crowd - the S60 T5 could be a good choice. It's not the most formidable sedan in its class, but it may be among the most well- rounded. People tend to be quite surprised when they discover how affordable it is.

Like all Volvos, the S60 T5 is very well padded with safety gear, with dual front airbags with crash severity sensors, side airbags and side curtain airbags. Traction control is also on the docket, and it can be turned-off completely for tire-scorching launches if that's your thing.

All new T5s also feature heated, eight-way adjustable sport bucket seats, an excellent eight-speaker stereo system with in-dash CD-player, 16x7 rims with 55-series HR-rated tires, power windows and locks, leather-trimmed steering wheel, plus unique T5 trim inside and out. Major options on the T5 are leather seats ($1,300) and the GPS/satellite navigation system ($2,500).

Things to quibble about? Volvo's radio controls are somewhat inscrutable - though not as bewildering as those found on certain Mercedes-Benz models. This, however, is only a problem for the first few days you're with the car. After you figure it out, it's a can o' corn (as they say down South).

Anyone looking at a mid-30s sport sedan should take this Volvo out for a run before deciding. You might be pleasantly surprised.

2001 Volvo S60 T5

Price: $31,800 base
Engine: 2.3-liter turbocharged V-6, 247 hp
Transmission: Five-speed manual
Wheelbase: 106.9 in
Length: 180.2 in
Width: 71.0 in
Height: 56.2 in
Curb Weight: 3406 lb
EPA (city/hwy): 21/28 mpg
Safety equipment: Dual front and side airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control
Major standard features: Automatic climate control, keyless entry, power adjustable heated sport seats, power windows/mirrors, performance suspension, eight-speaker in-dash CD sound system
Warranty: Four years/50,000 miles

© 2001 The Car Connection

 

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Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion 8 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 4 Years/Unlimited Miles

Volvo Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-year/100,000-mile exclusionary warranty. The Volvo factory-backed CPO warranty fully covers every part not specifically excluded: including replacement/repair of thousands of components, systems and operations.
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model years 2010-2015.5 with under 80k miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 130+ Point Inspection
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible No

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