My first Volvo. It eats headlight bulbs, and it uses wiper fuses quicker than it uses diesel. Fuel economy is bad, but the ride is comfortable, and as it's a Volvo it's safe. Buyer Beware, I'd not recommend this vehicle.
Serious problems have arisen in our 2002 (52) car with less than 600000 miles on the clock, which it seems are due to what we have now heard is an inherent problem in the Mitsubishi engine. It needs de-coking, which you don't expect to happen with modern cars. It's going to cost £3000 to put right and no guarantee that it won't need doing again before the next 60000 miles are up. Volvo is a strong brand that we associated with reliability but we certainly won't be buying another Volvo.
I bought this ex-demonstrator in 2004 after owning a VW Passat 1.8T. The Volvo is less exciting to drive but is more economical.
The Classic Sport came with full leather interior (beige) and black metallic exterior with spoiler.
The diesel engine isn't the most refined, nor is it as economical as many modern diesels, but CO2 emissions are quite low.
The car is generally quiet, goes where I aim it, feels very safe and well built.
The Volvo is a fine car. I've covered 70,000 miles having owned it for three years.
I've looked at the V50, VW Golf, Audi A3 etc. but think I'll keep my Volvo a while longer.
New cars I've looked at and tested just don't seem worth the additional cost.
you may be confused by the ratings but while the ride isn't as exciting as my subaru on the road, and at 33mpg aint the best (ownership), it may still have a cassette deck in the cabin, but my v40 has done 160K with the same exhaust! She is brilliant. Bought her at 2yrs old in '99 and is content doing a small trip round our town as running up and down to Reading fully loaded lugging 3 kids, xmas pressies and suitcases. Never a major problem with anything, only usual wipers, breaks etc over the happy yrs. I hope all v40's are like her!
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