Volvo S60 - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Volvo S60 owners have reported a total of 1,185 problems for their cars built in the 18 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Volvo S60. The 2001 Volvo S60 cars have the most problems reported (254 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Volvo S60

Model Year Number of Problems
  2017 S60
1
  2016 S60
8
  2015 S60
19
  2014 S60
14
  2013 S60
39
  2012 S60
76
  2011 S60
4
  2010 S60
1
  2009 S60
3
  2008 S60
12
  2007 S60
27
  2006 S60
34
  2005 S60
56
  2004 S60
243
  2003 S60
158
  2002 S60
235
  2001 S60
254
  2000 S60
1

  Common problems of Volvo S60

The following chart shows the 25 most common problems for Volvo S60 cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (200 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (166 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Volvo S60

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
200
  Electrical System
166
  Gasoline Fuel System
141
  Other Fuel System
112
  Vehicle Speed Control
108
  Power Train
67
  Equipment
55
  Tire
49
  Air Bag
39
  Service Brakes
35
   
  Structure
30
  Exterior Lighting
29
  Steering
26
  Seats
24
  Suspension
17
  Wheel
17
  Visibility
14
  Seat Belt
13
  Unknown Or Other
12
  Electronic Stability Control
12
  Latches/locks/linkage
8
  Child Seat
4
  Parking Brake
3
  Traction Control System
2
  Air Brake
2

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Volvo S60 of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across S60 model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Volvo S60 model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across S60 Model Years

S60
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2017 16,7752    
0.07
  2016 810,1813    
0.26
  2015 1922,7664    
0.21
  2014 1413,0085    
0.22
  2013 3927,1406    
0.24
  2012 7635,4467    
0.31
  2011 43,4568    
0.14
  2009 36,95110    
0.04
  2008 1213,66611    
0.08
  2007 2720,70912    
0.11
  2006 3425,64513    
0.10
  2005 5623,16614    
0.17
  2004 24342,53515    
0.38
  2003 15820,39516    
0.48
  2002 23540,92817    
0.34
  2001 25434,40918    
0.41

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Volvo S60 is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2016 S60
3
  2015 S60
6
  2014 S60
4
  2013 S60
8
  2012 S60
9
  2011 S60
2
  2007 S60
4
  2006 S60
5
  2005 S60
17
  2004 S60
7
  2003 S60
15
  2002 S60
14
  2001 S60
3


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