I bought this car four years ago from a Volvo dealer. Within weeks, the car had to go back to the dealer to get numerous faults repaired. One of these was the total replacement of the steering coloum. The electrics on the dashboard gave out on many occasions.
Fuel costs are quite high for town driving, and oil consumtion is on the high side as well. There was trouble with electric windows on the driver and passenger sides. For the last six months there has been a problem with the turbo and also the idle valve. Both of these have to be repaired and they are still giving problems.
Front tyre wear is also high for the mileage covered. Last week the ECU gave up and as a result I have taken my mechanic's advice and have decide to get rid of this car, as the repair bills are mounting up.
I have had this car for 4 weeks now and this is the first volvo ever and the first diesel too so quite a change from my ford fiesta 1.4, so what do I think... well the S40 does not see as fast as my fiesta from a standing start but one the S40 get to about 1500 rpm the turbo kicks in and it's off. I would put the car down as a great motorway drive and can over take from 70 or higher with ease and to sound system is very nice once it has had the system setup, as for gadgets it's got loads and the interior is very nice too, I managed to pickup one of the best versions to get it's on a 53 plate but is an 04 model with the 17" alloys (very nice) it's got the sports pack, family pack, winter pack plus plenty of other option too I went to the dealer to get a list of what options it was sold with and it went onto 2 pages. The fuel is good so far about 540 miles to a tank or 43.5mpg so far but I have not been on too many long runs yet. just had it's 48000 mile service and not too bad at £140 it's been given the all clear so time will tell build quailty is very good a lot better than ford. I will tell more after i have had it a while.
Bought one of the last ones of this shape from a main dealer 2 weeks ago. Have driven the new S40 and didn't like it, plus changing bulbs on them requires removing the whole unit (expensive - dealer job). Got an excellent price on my trade in and a cracking deal on the S40. Salesman was excellent.
It has everything I want and need in a car - space, performance (instant go rather than off the line acceleration), all the toys and looks good with the wheels and spoilers (plus its a limited edition "oyster" colour). Just lacks cruise control because its very easy to drive it too fast and not realise quite how fast you are going (its quieter than my last car). Pulls very well on long hills on M62.
I didn't want something that stands out (park in city centre car parks), but its understated. The diesel does excellent economy - 45 MPG in town and I get 56 MPG on the motorway. 600 plus miles on a tank means i dont visit the petrol station a lot, which is nice.
Downsides? There aren't many. The stereo isn't as good as in the S80 (dolby surround sound) and the engine is a bit rattly when cold (but this is normal for diesels). Not a sports car but it has 5 seats and a boot! Can be thrown about on fast roads but its not meant to be a sporty runabout. Built for cruising on motorways!
Fabulous car and i get jealous comments from friends! Not an old mans car either. I am 25!
I have owned this car (2001 1.8s) since February 2004 and have completed 34,000 in it. It had 58,000 on the clock when I bought it and it has now completed 92,000. In this time, the only minor problem was the engine management light came on for no reason. Had this reset, as the car was running far too sweetly for anything to be wrong. No problem since.
The only things that have had to be replaced are the tyres, and all 4 brake discs (the front just done at last service). No bulbs have needed replacing, as I do not run with the lights on all the time.
I have it serviced in line with the the service intervals, at a local Volvo specialist garage (not the main dealer) and this costs between £100.00 and £150 depending on what needs doing.
I had the cam belt and tensioner changed at 90,000 with a Volvo original item at a cost of £185.00. Very reasonable, when they only need doing every 90,000.
The car is safe, very reliable, comfortable, and returns about 36 mpg. I think it looks great, and feel really confident when transporting my family around in it.
I cannot understand the negative comments this car has received. As far as I am concerned, I have been highly delighted and would recommend it to anyone looking for a decent sized car but do not want it to spend it's life in the garage.
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