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2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E Long-Term Update 5

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/19/2015 Julia LaPalme, Motor Trend Staff

I recently took our Volvo V60 to the AutoNation Volvo South Bay dealership for service, which was due at 20,000 miles. They did an oil change, replaced the oil filter, and inspected the fluid levels, brakes, battery, belts, and hoses. Normally this visit would cost $289.99, but with Volvo, the first three maintenance visits are covered under warranty.

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At one point when my fellow photographer William Walker had the V60 for a weekend, the car's maintenance screen alerted him that the car was low on oil. Between Walker's time as chaperone with the vehicle and my own time, we have both been at a loss how to check the oil, so Will gave the Volvo 1 quart, as a guess. During my trip to the dealership, I informed the technician of this, and he was a bit concerned. "Next time," he told me, "if the screen is prompting low oil, don't fill it. Bring it in to the dealership so we can see what's causing it to send that alert. It shouldn't get that low, and it might have been a faulty sensor."

I told him we had been having a hard time accessing the oil-check feature in the maintenance menu and asked if there was a special trick I wasn't aware of. He pointed out that you must press and hold the start button without pressing the brake pedal before the oil level readout will be selectable in the menu. This brings the car into accessory mode, like the first (second?) click of a traditional key-start ignition. Voil, the oil-check menu finally lit up, showing that the oil level was good (which I would expect because they just did the oil change). It would be nice if Volvo made this a little more intuitive to access.

2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E Long-Term Update 5

The Oil Level menu could not be selected until the Volvo technician at the dealership showed me how to get the V60 into accessory mode.© Provided by MotorTrend The Oil Level menu could not be selected until the Volvo technician at the dealership showed me how to get the V60 into accessory mode. I've mentioned an appreciation for the speed limit notification in the dash of the Volvo. It's a handy little feature when you haven't seen a speed limit sign in a while and aren't sure what the limit is on the road you're driving. Unfortunately, it only comes in handy as long as the information is updated and reported accurately. I was driving on the 405 last week, and there is a section of the freeway that is most definitely a 65 mph zone. The readout on the V60's dash, however, indicated the speed limit was 45. There have only been a few instances of that happening, but it's a little confusing when it does.

The V60's speed limit notification comes in handy, except when it thinks the speed limit on the 405 is 45 mph.© Provided by MotorTrend The V60's speed limit notification comes in handy, except when it thinks the speed limit on the 405 is 45 mph. More on our long-term 2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E here:

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