I bought my 2012 S60 T5 in the Spring of 2011. I always went to the dealership for all services and even changed the oil twice as often as required by Volvo. My car turned out to be one of the oil burners so the dealer, after a year of prodding, did a ring job in 2015 at about 37,500 miles. When the rings were changed all the belts were changed as was the hardware
Fast forward to last week. I started the car in the morning and heard some strange sounds. Looked under the hood and saw nothing out of place. I called my dealer and asked if I could bring it in so one of the techs could look at it. I was told they were totally booked up for a week and a half so I took the first available date. The noise did go away after a few minutes so I drove it.The next day, my car failed on the road and stranded me. It completely died. I had it towed in and the dealer finally looked under the hood yesterday afternoon. I was told that the serpentine belt, with a little over 31,000 miles on it, had shredded and damaged the timing belt which destroyed my engine. $15,000 for a new engine. Being smart I thought, I had purchased the expensive Volvo VIP Warranty in 2016. All good right. No, the warranty company refused to fix anything. A little clause says they do not cover the serpentine belt and therefore any damage the belt causes is not covered. Volvo engines being interference engines are toast if the serpentine belt breaks and breaks the timing belt, something Volvo knows and it seems the Volvo warranty company also knows and no help from my dealer.
So here I am with a car with less than 70,000 that is junk and a $2,200 warranty that is unless. A car turned to junk by a $20.00 belt. Well goodbye to Volvo and good bye to Volvo VIP Warranties. My new Japanese car is waiting for me to pick up on Saturday.