The First Generation Volvo S60, 2000-2009, kicked off a new line of sports sedans for this Swedish manufacturer. These 4-door imports competed with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and received high praise from critics and the public alike. Nevertheless, like any vehicle, the S60 developed a few common problems, including a strut noise and failure issue.
Oftentimes the first sign of trouble is a metal-scraping noise while driving over bumps, and unusual noises should be ignored. While it would not hurt to peek beneath the hood of your Swedish import and look for loose parts, you should also consult an expert as soon as possible.
Some drivers have reported that their replacement struts have failed after only one year. If the top caps are not changed, for example, at the same time as the struts, the accompanying rattling sounds will persist. Visible separation within the tower has also been noted, and some owners have walked out to their cars to find the strut popping through the hood of the vehicle. This can result in both dented metal as well as cracked paint.
For affordable yet professional assistance, contact an independent import technician. A specialized garage will be knowledgeable about your Volvo, and they will have access to the proper resources and tools. Moreover, these specialists will have experience with your Volvo S60, including its common malfunctions, so they will already be familiar with the most likely causes. Finally, these experts will be knowledgeable about potential warranties and other ways to save money when repairs are necessary.
Search for a local, independent Volvo repair shop with Volvo mechanics that have dealer-level expertise at a fraction of the expense.