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2016 V60 Reliability & Maintenance?

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Old 04-14-2019, 02:03 PM
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Default 2016 V60 Reliability & Maintenance?

Thinking of pulling the trigger on a 2016 V60. It is a beautiful car. Drives nice, love the car. Only question is if anyone knows-has any experience with reliability & or above average maintenance costs? Or other thoughts. I believe the V60 is basically the same car as the S60. Consumer Reports rates the reliability as slightly below average.

I currently have a 2001 Subaru Outback with 300k on it. I am not joking when I say the check engine light has been on for 4 years, it leaks oil, smokes from the oil leak. But I have done nothing to it in years and it just keeps going & going & going. I have had to pay practically $0 beyond oil changes etc. I might be a little overly concerned about the V60 but I am leery of getting a $1000 software update or some other silly part costs.

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45,000 miles on our V60 and the only thing that's happened is that the screen had to be replaced under warranty. It did have the recall for the plugs done but only as a precaution.
 
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My 2015.5 V60 (for all intents and purposes the same as a 2016) was purchased about a year ago with about 44K miles on the clock - fortunately as a CPO used car. The 50K service reminder came up at about 48K. I took it in and asked that the Stop/Start function be looked at - it never came up as "available" The culprit was weak battery that was replaced under warranty. About a month later the car refused to start - even with a jumper. It took the dealer 3 weeks to sort out what eventually proven to be a faulty starter/circuit. A lot of this time was spent waiting for parts to arrive to see if they would "fix" the problem. In other words, despite all the computer aids and mechanics now called $150/hour/"technicians" no one had the skill, experience or insight to diagnose the problem from first principals but had to resort to the usual "throw parts at it until something sticks" routine. A month later, during a very cold spell when the car was used only for short trips, the battery went flat again. This time a jump start revived it and it has been fine since. I love the way the car drives but I don't know if I'll ever trust it completely.

It is, compared to your present car, a far more complex device. The old adage that if you have fuel and spark it will run no longer applies. Add to that the probability that most "technicians" these days could probably not think their way through a disassembled lawn mower engine forces me to the conclusion that the benign neglect that you describe would have unfortunate consequences.
 

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Pretorien thanks for your reply. I'm sure all new-newer cars today suffer from the same type of over-technicalization (if that's a word). But that sure sounds like it would be expensive if it wasn't under warranty.
 
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Two idiosyncrasies - no spare tire (I'm in the process of rectifying that) and no dip stick - just an electronic read-out (it works, I think - no way to check it) The latter really bugs me. You can learn a lot by seeing the oil beyond just the fill level. How much can it cost to bore a hole in the crankcase and supply a dipstick?
 
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I thought the lack of a spare was really weird as well. I live in a coastal-rural California where there are 20-40 mile stretches with no services. Would be weird to not have a spare.

I think the other thing to consider is that the current version of the V60 hasn't been around that long, therefore the reliability ratings could change with time. Our other car is a Prius and, while it has been a great commuter car, very reliable, great on gas, maintenance has been fine, there's just absolutely nothing exciting about the car, I mean nothing.
 
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I wasn't thrilled with the lack of a spare tire and that can of compressed air and the fix kit might not get the job done.

We've only had our 2016 V60 for about 7 weeks and we do love it. Fun to drive, comfortable, etc. The only thing was that I thought my MPG would be a bit better. IF this car is as reliable as our V50 and S60 was I will be very very happy. I guess time will tell????

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I thought the lack of a spare was really weird as well. I live in a coastal-rural California where there are 20-40 mile stretches with no services. Would be weird to not have a spare.

I think the other thing to consider is that the current version of the V60 hasn't been around that long, therefore the reliability ratings could change with time. Our other car is a Prius and, while it has been a great commuter car, very reliable, great on gas, maintenance has been fine, there's just absolutely nothing exciting about the car, I mean nothing.
 
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