I've owned by 2005 S60R since December 2008. Bought it certified pre-owned at 36,000 miles, and drove it through February 2020 .
The car began misfiring at the start of a 2000+ mile ski roadtrip from Northern California to Big Sky Montana, with ~192,000 miles on the odometer. I refused the car to interrupt my much needed vacation plans, so I continued on the 2000+ mile roadtrip, misfiring on cylinder #1 the entire way through West Yellowstone and Big Sky Montana, down to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, then home to the San Francisco bay area.
Here's one of the last photos of my R, taken in Big Sky, Montana after a recent snow fall.
The day after I returned from my trip, I did a leakdown test and found 100% exhaust leak on cylinder #1.
Yesterday, I took off the cylinder head and found this:
Priced out how much it would cost to rebuild the cylinder head and re-do PCV, thermostat while I was in there, and it came out to around $1600 in parts alone. Considering this car would struggle to sell for $4000 in good working order, I've decided to call it quits.
It's been a fun journey, and while there's a lot of utterly useless people on here who still have never heard of googling "site:swedespeed.com
", I have been helped a great deal by the old timers on Swedespeed, so to those select few, I am grateful.
I am not, however, grateful to Volvo and their bull**** reliability. Not being able to even make it to 200,000 miles on a well-maintained modern internal combustion engine is ridiculous.
The outrageous pricing on certain parts was not welcome either-- $101.93 list price for *individual* exhaust valves. REALLY? That's an 1100% markup from the equivalent part made by Osvat. It's basically Volvo's way of saying "go **** yourself when our exhaust valves burn prematurely"
The garbage "environmentally friendly" leather seats which basically force you to buy a new car if you care at all about aesthetics (so much for "environmental friendliness", right?) were by far the worst part about this car.
So, that being said, I will be buying a Toyota Tacoma. It will be nice not having to have my weekends interrupted every time some stupid sensor which I didn't even know existed fails.
The car will be parted out in Gilroy, California. Please PM me if interested. See my signature for list of mods.