First time poster, occasional lurker here. I've got a base model 2003 S60 with the 5-speed. I've owned it for about 18 months and I bought it from a family member who owned it since new. It had 103,000 miles when I bought it and I'm just over 130,000 now. It has a variety of small issues or annoyances that are starting to increase in numbers. Rather than make 4 different posts, I thought I might be able to list them here to see which ones are common to S60's or to Volvos in general.
1. Turn signal switch: Hi beams come on when signaling a Right turn. I've seen other threads that discuss dismantling the switch and cleaning the contacts for intermittent signal problems, but that doesn't seem to be my problem. If I apply pressure to the signal lever in the right turn direction, the Hi beams stay off. If I relax pressure while the switch is activated, the Hi beams come on. Has anybody been able to correct this issue by cleaning the switch, or is it simply time to replace it?
2. Low Idle when coming to a stop: The car runs and idles excellent almost all of the timeÖexcept when Iím slowing to a stop. As Iím decelerating to a stop, the idle dips down momentarily to around 500 after Iíve put in the clutch. It hangs down there for just a few secondsómaybe 5 or soóand then recovers back up to around 800. It has never stalled, but it gets low enough to make me wonder if it is going to. As others have reported, the engine tends to vibrate more while at this low idle, but then smoothes out when the RPM recovers. Any common suspects for this behavior?
3. Hard Shifting: The transmission is never ďeasyĒ to shift, but is particularly stubborn when the engine and the ambient temperature is cold. (I live in the snowbelt of NW PA). During the first couple of minutes after start-up it is very difficult to get the transmission into any gear from Neutral, and it is also most difficult to shift into second gear once underway. Once the car is warmed up, it shifts with less difficulty, i.e.óresistance, but it always requires more pressure to move the shifter than any other car Iíve ever driven. The clutch operation is pretty smooth and seems to function as it should. Engagement and disengagement seem to occur at the proper range of clutch pedal travel. Also, it should be noted that while this is my first Volvo, Iíve been driving for 34 years and Iíve owned (or regularly driven) at least 10 different vehicles with a manual transmission. This Volvo is by far the hardest shifting vehicle Iíve ever encountered. So, my question is whether this is a common trait for this model of car or if Iíve got an issue?
4. Clunking Strut Mounts? I posted this one as a question, because I canít say for sure where the clunking is coming from, but it totally sounds like the upper strut mount for the front-left strut. I know that with 130,000 miles, Iím probably due for new struts anyway, but I figured I should at least compare notes with other owners on this one. The sound is kind of a hybrid combination of a groan and a clunk that occurs when I am driving on a bumpy road at slower speeds of 30 mph or less. It isnít noticed as much at highway speeds, probably because these roads tend to be smoother. How common is this problem and am I looking in the right direction?
I know that this is a lot of information and I will continue to research the previous threads, but I look forward to hearing your responses.
I should also note that I did the timing belt, water pump, tensioner project when I first bought the car, but I've seen references to the PCV system requiring some periodic maintenance. If anybody has any additional insights to add that may or may not be relavent to the issues I listed, I'd love to hear them.