*This is now serving as an update/install thread to catalog various happenings with my S60*
Hi everyone! New owner of a 2012 S60 T6 in Vibrant Copper. Got it in excellent condition with everything but the technology package installed, 52k miles, and a bargain price.
I've been in many vehicles in the past, but this is my first Volvo. I almost purchased an S40 T5 AWD prior to purchasing my most recent vehicle, a Subaru WRX hatch. At the time it was what I needed, burly, fast, ugly, and loud. And until a week ago, I still loved, it even with it burning 1 qt/1000 miles these past six months...
However, I've gotten somewhat older in the past eight years, and could not stand the loud droning exhaust and road noise on my two hour/day commute from DE to MD, so I went searching for an alternative that was near the performance of the WRX, was AWD (for those Mid-Atlantic snow days) but with all the creature comforts (leather, sunroof, etc), and not having to mod heavily (like baking out headlamps, HID projector swaps, cutoff tuning I don't have time for those things anymore). Since Subaru doesn't offer a true GT car anymore or the Levorg wagon, I had to look elsewhere, and decided to give Volvo a second spin. I've always been in love with the S60 and V70 R's, so I looked at those first, but since many of them were getting a bit old in the tooth, I checked out the newer S60's.
It came down to this S60 and a 2012 R-Design in Passion Red, which curiously were both at the same price, same mileage, and had same installed packages. I strongly considered the R-Design, but was worried about the stiff setup (the WRX had upgraded sway bars, PU mounts, etc and it was getting on my nerves), so I ultimately went with the standard T6. I can't say I'm in regret on the decision...this car rocks! I was quite surprised at how smooth the engine ran through the rev range and how deceptively quick it is. While the "magazine numbers" aren't the same off the line, this feels just as quick as the WRX in pulls on the highway and overtaking. The suspension is tight and balanced but very comfortable, and I really like the adjustable steering force. The metallic finish is amazing in the sunlight.
While I'm going to keep this one pretty close to stock, I know that a P* tune is in the near future, and some exterior and interior styling upgrades (rear spoiler, R-Design rear diffuser, LED bulb swaps).
This forum has helped me out so much already (was lurking through and looking at posts while researching vehicles, common issues, concerns), so thanks a lot already for the great information! NASIOC was a great place during my WRX years and I'm looking forward to experience the same great community here.