Junkyard Find: 2005 Volvo S60 With Five-speed Manual Transmission

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2005 Volvo S60 in Colorado junkyard, RH front view – ©2020 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

” data-medium-file=”https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-6.jpg” data-large-file=”https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1730244″ src=”https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission.jpg” alt=”2005 Volvo S60 in Colorado junkyard, RH front view – ©2020 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars” width=”610″ height=”343″ srcset=”https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission.jpg 610w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-5.jpg 75w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-6.jpg 450w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-7.jpg 768w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-8.jpg 120w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-9.jpg 800w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>I’ve documented 60 discarded Volvos since I started my junkyard history project, but 58 of those Swedes were born in the 20th century, and 44 of those rolled off the assembly line before 1990. Just as I’ve done with BMWs in recent years, I’m going to try to document some of Göteborg’s (and maybe Hangzhou’s) newer products in my favorite kind of car museum.

Here’s a Ghent-built S60 with a super-rare three-pedal setup, found in a Denver self-service yard.

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2005 Volvo S60 in Colorado junkyard, manual gearshift lever – ©2020 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

” data-medium-file=”https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-11.jpg” data-large-file=”https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-1.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1730232″ src=”https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-1.jpg” alt=”2005 Volvo S60 in Colorado junkyard, manual gearshift lever – ©2020 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars” width=”610″ height=”343″ srcset=”https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-1.jpg 610w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-10.jpg 75w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-11.jpg 450w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-12.jpg 768w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-13.jpg 120w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-14.jpg 800w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>The slushboxification of the American Volvo buyer really got rolling when the cars’ image shifted from “safe and sensible” to “stylish and European” during the 1980s and 1990s. I’m always interested in finding those edge-case manual-transmission cars when I explore junkyards, be they Mercury Mystiques, Dodge Calibers, Toyota Previa All-Tracs, or BMW 7 Series.

<img data-attachment-id="1730238" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2020/08/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission/17-2005-volvo-s60-in-colorado-junkyard-photo-by-murilee-martin/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/17-2005-Volvo-S60-in-Colorado-junkyard-Photo-by-Murilee-Martin.jpg" data-orig-size="3000,1688" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"2.4","credit":"","camera":"SM-G960U1","caption":"","created_timestamp":"1591618379","copyright":"","focal_length":"4.3","iso":"250","shutter_speed":"0.052631578947368","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="2005 Volvo S60 in Colorado junkyard, pedals" data-image-description="

2005 Volvo S60 in Colorado junkyard, pedals – ©2020 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

” data-medium-file=”https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-16.jpg” data-large-file=”https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-2.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1730238″ src=”https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-2.jpg” alt=”2005 Volvo S60 in Colorado junkyard, pedals – ©2020 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars” width=”610″ height=”343″ srcset=”https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-2.jpg 610w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-15.jpg 75w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-16.jpg 450w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-17.jpg 768w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-18.jpg 120w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-19.jpg 800w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>I’d been keeping my weather eye open for a 21st-century Volvo with a manual transmission for quite a while, and that search had been nearly as difficult as the (ongoing) one for a junked Suzuki Equator.

<img data-attachment-id="1730228" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2020/08/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission/04-2005-volvo-s60-in-colorado-junkyard-photo-by-murilee-martin/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/04-2005-Volvo-S60-in-Colorado-junkyard-Photo-by-Murilee-Martin.jpg" data-orig-size="3000,1688" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"2.4","credit":"","camera":"SM-G960U1","caption":"","created_timestamp":"1591618328","copyright":"","focal_length":"4.3","iso":"80","shutter_speed":"0.0083333333333333","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="2005 Volvo S60 in Colorado junkyard, decklid emblem" data-image-description="

2005 Volvo S60 in Colorado junkyard, decklid emblem – ©2020 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

” data-medium-file=”https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-21.jpg” data-large-file=”https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-3.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1730228″ src=”https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-3.jpg” alt=”2005 Volvo S60 in Colorado junkyard, decklid emblem – ©2020 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars” width=”610″ height=”343″ srcset=”https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-3.jpg 610w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-20.jpg 75w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-21.jpg 450w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-22.jpg 768w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-23.jpg 120w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-24.jpg 800w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>These cars, like all technologically-advanced upscale European vehicles, need regular maintenance and repairs can cost plenty. That means the third or fourth owner of a somewhat battered S60 often lives on a Pontiac G3 budget and won’t spend more than the car is worth to get some fearfully expensive component replaced; a transmission that 90 percent of potential non-brick Volvo drivers can’t operate makes these cars worth even less. I’ve been seeing S60s in Denver self-service yards for at least a decade now.

<img data-attachment-id="1730234" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2020/08/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission/12-2005-volvo-s60-in-colorado-junkyard-photo-by-murilee-martin/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/12-2005-Volvo-S60-in-Colorado-junkyard-Photo-by-Murilee-Martin.jpg" data-orig-size="3000,1688" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"2.4","credit":"","camera":"SM-G960U1","caption":"","created_timestamp":"1591618366","copyright":"","focal_length":"4.3","iso":"80","shutter_speed":"0.02","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="2005 Volvo S60 in Colorado junkyard, HVAC controls and radio" data-image-description="

2005 Volvo S60 in Colorado junkyard, HVAC controls and radio – ©2020 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

” data-medium-file=”https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-26.jpg” data-large-file=”https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-4.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1730234″ src=”https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-4.jpg” alt=”2005 Volvo S60 in Colorado junkyard, HVAC controls and radio – ©2020 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars” width=”610″ height=”343″ srcset=”https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-4.jpg 610w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-25.jpg 75w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-26.jpg 450w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-27.jpg 768w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-28.jpg 120w, https://carsnspeed.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/junkyard-find-2005-volvo-s60-with-five-speed-manual-transmission-29.jpg 800w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>The HU-650 makes a lot of watts but has no cassette player, though you can see the blank area where it once lived in previous incarnations of the HU audio system. 2005 falls into that awkward period between the death of cassette and the rise of the AUX jack, so owners of cars like this must use staticky FM wireless transmitters or dive into the wiring harness if they want to listen to tunes coming from smartphones while driving.

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This car had a nest full of angry wasps under the hood, so I didn’t photograph the engine. Instead, enjoy this pitch for the “German” S60.

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Here’s Volvo repudiating the very brickness that established the Volvo legend outside of Sweden, from the 140 through the 960. That’s almost as disappointing as making a Caddy zig. Still, the first-generation S60 looked good.

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At least Gustaf Larson gets a shout-out in this owner’s-manual video.

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