This is my second S40, the previous one being a petrol version (1.8i). I prefer the diesel. This car is always getting critisized by motoring journalists but I can recommend it as a car to 'live with'.
My car has required a new steering rack (replaced under warranty) but otherwise has been the model of reliability. Now that it's out of warranty I take it to a Volvo specialist for servicing rather than the agent. The former is much cheaper.
I always feel safe in my S40. Now done over 60,000 in this car from new (52 reg)and it still goes like new. Typically I get over 500 miles on a tank of derv - never had less than 43 mpg and on a run it's much more economical (50+ mpg).
Mine has leather trim and most passangers rate it for its comfort and quietness. It has a superb stereo. Buy one second hand - you won't be disappointed.
I bought the car as a cheap but comfortable car to use for limited running around. I was very impressed with its degree of comfort, and decided to opt to use it in place of a company car.
I have owned my Volvo S40 T4 s automatic sport for almost two weeks now. It is the turbo, 200bhp version, and I moved up from a Renault 1.8 manual - What a shock! What a difference, and quality abounds. It has all leather interior and a winter pack.
It has done 86000 miles and is X reg, year 2000. Recently I drove from Reading to Darlington, took me about 4.5 hours and did 256 miles approx; I used just under half a tank of fuel, just under 7 gals - my Renault used more fuel than that.
I was comfortable, very quiet in the car, and kept cool by the AC, which is very good.
My only gripes are lack of boot space, length, single CD player, no sun roof and the handbook tells you very little, or explains much.
Performance? off the shovel springs to mind, mind blowing, motorway mpg, 40mpg, even with blasts up to 110mph, using the turbo, even at those speeds wind noise and road noise, non existant, but keep the windows shut. A motorway cruiser, without a doubt, and all S70 estates, forget them, slow in comparison, only competition I met were Subaru Impreza, and almost on equal terms, so no shame at all, even for a Volvo, an excellent car, and proud to own.
Saying that, no repair costs, so cannot comment on that part, or service costs, so maybe a shock to come.
This is my third Volvo. I had the old face-lifted classic and now have this 2002-registered newer face-lifted version. It gives reasonable driver confidence.
It is good to park and reverse. I have an auto, which is good through its gear changes. The interior is above average. I bought a secondhand one with chrome detailing and leather.
These particular features make it feel and look pretty classy. I prefer my shape to the brand new S40 out. The rear passenger room is average as is other aspects of the interior. A bit plasticky in places though. The walnut detailing is nice.
My major gripe is that the lights are always on! This makes for high running costs for fused bulbs and battery changes. They need to be changed more than normal.
The dealership in one location was good (where we bought our Volvo). However, the dealership in the other nearer location was awful. Our first service was done well. But our second service of the car was poor. I felt that they had misled me in certain aspects of the service and its resultant highish cost. This was made further evident in my MOT. Shame.
Besides these gripes, the Volvo has served me well. I was a little surprised it didn't come with a standard side passenger airbag. However, this proved very useful as we sometimes were forced to sit a wailing, car-seated young baby in the front passenger seat! Not enough cars out there have front passenger cut off switches!
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