Used Volvo V40 Estate 1996 - 2004 review

Category: Estate car

Section: Advice for buyers

Volvo V40 Estate (96 - 04)
  • Volvo V40 Estate (96 - 04)
  • Volvo V40 Estate (96 - 04)
Used Volvo V40 Estate 1996 - 2004 review
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Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Volvo V40 estate?

As the V40 and its S40 saloon sister were jointly developed by Volvo and Mitsubishi, one would expect a high degree of reliability, but that certainly wasn't the case with early models. Rattling dashboards and electrical faults were far from uncommon. While things improved throughout the V40's life, it was never quite as good as it should have been.

The Mitsubishi GDI petrol engine can give problems as the miles mount, particularly if it has been run on something other than the recommended high-octane fuel.