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Volvo S40

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  • Check out this really nice S40! I think that it could be the nicest looking one that I have seen in quite some time. If you have any questions about the car, you can post on the Swedespeed board and ask the owner. What do you all think?


    Nice Looking Volvo S40

    Swedespeed

  • wake27wake27 Posts: 1
    I have a 2001 S40 with 4500 miles on it. Here is my Problem: When accelerating at around 20-30 mph the Transmissions has Slammed in to gear about 3-4 times shuddering the whole vehicle. Also at about the same speed the engine revved very high like it was in neutral. Like it missed a gear. I took it in and they said that there were no "Codes" and couldn't duplicate the problem. The very next day it "slammed" in to gear again. Has anyone had this kind of experience with the S40? Other this problem I LOVE this car. Very good acceleration, very comfortable (and I'm 6'8"), very cool looking and very safe. But this transmission problem bugs me. any comments?
  • cocokurecocokure Posts: 3
    I thought that I could give some insight to the trasmission problem mentioned earlier. Although I do not own a S40 (I was thinking about buying one), I had the same problem with my Galant. The problem was due to a leak of trasmission fluid. It seems that the hose clamps were not installed tightly enough, and I was losing fluid rapidly. Hope this helps.
  • Just because you had a lemon doesn't mean that every s40 is bad, it certainly says nothing about volvo, I grew up with my parents cars as on/off volvos, my brothers first car was a volvo, and my parents currently have one volvo, all of which had no problems, a lemon is a lemon but that doesn't make the company any worse.
  • tomsoltistomsoltis Posts: 22
    In regards to the headlights. They are covered by the warranty and Volvo has developed a longer lasting bulb. I've needed for 2 bulbs to be switched. After the second one went, the dealer replaced both w/the upgraded model.

    Rear brakes needed at 20M miles. It surprised me that rears were needed before front. Dealer said this is typical performance that they are seeing. Front brakes needed at 30M miles.

    Other than that, minor program updates that caused the warning lights to go on for no reason have been required. No other significant problems have been experienced. I'm counting on this car lasting 300M miles. I'll keep in touch!
  • ffxvwffxvw Posts: 93
    Anyone have any links to pictures of this car in the Titanium Grey?

    Jason
  • lancerfixerlancerfixer Posts: 1,308
    Try http://www.swedespeed.com at the bottom of the main page.
  • earlamearlam Posts: 6
    My dealer told me that the rear brakes wore out at 13K miles, I had them replaced. He replaced the front pads at no charge at the same time, they rattled a lot, this has now stopped. I have not have to replace the headlights yet.
  • I have just received a lemon law buyback of my 2000 S40 after 3 brake failures in the first 18,000 miles. All these problems seemed to involve a vacuum assist pump which caused the brakes to fail. At one point the dealer provided me with a loaner and kept the car for THREE WEEKS before assuring me the brakes were finally safe. 10 days later they failed COMPLETELY while I was on the freeway. I have also experienced several headlamp burnouts, a "check engine" light that comes on periodically no matter HOW tight you turn the gas cap, a faulty gas gauge, and a variety of scraping, popping, and clicking noises that could never be duplicated at the dealer but refused to go away. This is the most expensive car I have ever bought and BY FAR THE WORST VEHICLE I HAVE EVER OWNED. To top it off, after my last brake failure I waited FOUR HOURS for the Volvo roadside assistance after being guaranteed a 45 minute response time when I bought the car!

    I have since purchased a Volkswagen Jetta GLS with a 150hp 1.8L turbocharged four (the Audi A4 powerplant) and can't BELIEVE how much nicer this car is for $7,500 less !!!! Quieter, more responsive, less turbo lag, and more standard features. I would DEFINITELY recommend anyone considering the S40 drive the Jetta, the Passat, and the Audi A4. ALL three of these cars are superior to the S40 and you can spend anywhere from $8,000 less (the Jetta) to about $2,000 more (loaded A4). Face it, everybody's got the same safety features as Volvo these days and the other cars outclass them in all other areas. Hope that others can learn from my costly mistake.
  • justinjustin Posts: 1,918
    it is hard to justify a loaded S40 for $29k when you can get a 260hp acura cl-s for that price if you skip the navigation system option.

    i like the S40 too - but it really was not any better than my loaded (leather, auto, roof) Jetta GLS VR6. And the Jetta was about $23k, MSRP. More power, almost the same safety, and no premium fuel needed!!

    That said, the S40 is nice. I do think that the V40 actually looks sportier from behind though. Does anyone else agree that the V40 looks better than the S40?
  • I'm about to take our 2000 S40 in for it's 15000 mile service, and I'm terrified at what it's going to cost. The 7500 mile service was about $200, and the 15K service has more checks and adjustments. Does anyone know the policy on periodic service, and how it relates to Warranty Claims? Also, are there any Volvo "Certified" repair stations (in the Long Island, NY area)?

    I feel like they're making up on the sale with exorbitant repair costs.

    Chris
  • drew37drew37 Posts: 62
    I was thinking about purchasing a S40, but based on comments here I will rethink that. Also, it just occurred to me that I hardly ever see a S40 on the road here in western Michigan. Do they sell many of these cars ?
  • peddlerpeddler Posts: 6
    My 2000 s-40 has 17,000 miles. It needs rear brakes. I never heard of rear brakes wearing out before the front. Our driving habits normally give us at least 45 /50,000 miles before replacing the front brakes. Dealer days it is the new softer materials in the pads, but that doesn't explain the rear going first. This sounds like a system problem.
    Any comments?
    Peddler
  • triciantrician Posts: 1
    Well it is done. I bought an S40 (sport edition) for myself and one for my mother. $26,900 each which I figured was a decent price. Then, to my horror, I read about the break pad replacement, the S40 lemon, etc., etc. and now I have a knot in my stomach.... the pas sat is looking pretty good now (a day late). Will those of you with positive stories re your ownership of the S40 please share before I bar up my breakfast??

    The BMW 3 series still too costly (the base model is stripped of most luxury items). Wish me well...
  • david1812david1812 Posts: 17
    Well I've done it too. Got the S40 over the weekend. I read the postings about possible brake problems but didn't believe that it was common. I thought the brake feel is better than that of a VW. And I find it difficult to believe that such a safety conscious company like Volvo will screw up on brakes. Considered the Passat first but my wife didn't like the new front end. Very happy with our S40. Excellent gas mileage and the price was about $500 over invoice.
  • fmuragfmurag Posts: 6
    I have been considering buying an S40 for the last 6 months or so... that's about how long my 1999 VW Jetta GLS has been in the shop. After numerous problems, the engine finally went at 30K miles. Now I'm waiting for VW to settle in a lemon-law case (my attorney said VW is one of the most stubborn manufacturers to deal with, probably because they have so many lemon-law suits pending). The VW Jetta is an extremely high-risk purchase...just read most auto reviews.

    It's funny, I am thinking of going the opposite way as some of the people who have posted here... buying an S40 to escape an awful VW experience. I live in PA, and in this part of the country I am seeing more and more S40s on the road. In the past few months I have stopped to ask about 5 random S40 owners about their experiences with the car (at gas stations and such). The response I have gotten has been overwhelmingly positive. Until reading some of these posts, I was almost sure I had decided on the S40...now I guess I have to give it more thought. It still seems like a great car, though.
  • david1812david1812 Posts: 17
    Well, I traded my Jetta for the S40. Although I didn't have too much problem with my Jetta. My experience with the S40 has been very positive so far. I also think Volvo service is better than that of VW.
  • runner26runner26 Posts: 2
    I am experiencing an annoying rattle coming from the back right side of my month-old 2001 S40. I've taken it in twice and it still isn't fixed. The first time, they said they tightened up a few things and this time they said they tightened up the suspension. Well, after driving it for about 10 minutes, the rattle came back full force. I've got another appointment, but I'd like to see if anyone else has experienced this and managed to get it fixed... if so, what was the problem?
  • spattsonspattson Posts: 1
    i've heard some bad things about the S40: brakes, a/c problem and check engine light but i'm guessing Volvo is on top of these problems and may even have some worked out on the 2001 models..

    anyway, here is the deal i received (i'm financing)... sticker on the car is $27,002.. buying for $22,351... $23,922 with tax, tags, etc... i think that is a great deal... i didn't want alot of options... silver car (metallic paint), black leather (looks nicer than the cloth), cold weather package (traction control) and a power driver's seat (didn't need it)...

    NOW FOR THE QUESTION: my car doesn't have a CD but it is pre-wired to the trunk... does anyone know what kind of CD Changer i can buy aftermarket?? i've heard it is ALPINE and that i'll need an adapter...

    any input??
  • billcasabillcasa Posts: 1
    I bought a new 2001 S40 about a month ago. When it was delivered, I noticed that it was missing the retractable belt and cargo netting in the trunk which is supposed to be standard equipment. When I asked the dealer, they said that Volvo must have stopped building them in and that they reserved the right to make changes like that. I doesn't seem like that big of a deal, but it annoys me that they can just remove a piece of standard equipment like that. Has anyone else bought an S40 and had those pieces missing?
  • runner26runner26 Posts: 2
    Me too. I just bought a s40 a month ago as well...now that I think about it, no net or belt. I have to take it in tomorrow and will ask as well.
  • beevbeev Posts: 1
    I am thinking about buying a 2001 S40, but after reading about the problems with the 2000 model, I'm somewhat hesitant. Have the mechanical problems and glitches been resolved on the 2001 models? What problems are S40 owners experiencing with the 2001 S40? I am interested in any feedback and advice you may have for a prospective buyer.

    Thanks in advance.
  • amyesamyes Posts: 2
    I AM IN MY SECOND S-40 DUE TO MY 2000 BEING A LEMON FROM 7000MILES ON. CHECK ENGINE LIGHT ON, STEREO FADING, HEADLIGHTS BURNING OUT SEVERAL TIMES AND THE BIG PROBLEM WHICH CAUSED THE BUY BACK... THE CAR WOULD NOT START THE FIRST TIME. IF YOU HEAR FROM THE SERVICE CENTER THAT SOMETIMES HAPPENS, WELL NO IT SHOULD NOT BUT IT HAPPENED SO MUCH ON MINE THAT I HAD IT IN 8 TIMES IN A TOTAL OF 10 MONTHS AND ONE OF THOSE TIMES THEY HAD IT 29 DAYS. AFTER MANY CALLS TO VOLVO CARS IN ROCKLILEGH NJ AND LETTERS AND FINALLY AN EMAIL TO THE MAIN VOLVO PEOPLE I THINK IN SWEEDEN ABOUT THE DEALERSHIP AND THE DISSAPOINTMENT IN THE CAR ITSELF I FINALLY OUT OF THE BLUE GOT RESPONCE FROM THE GM OF THE PLACE WHERE I GOT THE CAR. THAT LED TO THE BUY BACK OF THE 2000 AND A VERY GOOD DEAL ON A 2001, WHICH I WAS NOT TOTALLY COMFORTABLE WITH BUT BEING IN THE HOLE ON THAT CAR AND ALMOST 30000 MILES I TOOK THE DEAL. I AM NOW IN THE PROCESS OF TRYING TO GET RID OF THIS ONE BECAUSE IT IS DOING THE NO FIRST START THING AGAIN, AND I DON'T HAVE THE TIME FOR THIS SO GETTING RID OF IT IS MY ONLY OPTION. ALL I CAN TELL ANYONE LOOKING AT THESE CARS IS YOU CAN EXPECT TO HAVE PROBLEMS AND IF I HAD IT TO DO OVER I WOULD HAVE KEPT MY 98 ACCORD.
  • langdon1langdon1 Posts: 1
    I'm looking to purchase my first car ever and have been looking at both the S40 and the Audi A4. I wasn't too impressed with the S40's appearance but then the dealer showed me the special edition. Both the interior and exterior seem like an entirely different car. The titanium gray color is beautiful.

    Does anybody out there own the special edition? Besides the interior/exterior appearance, what are the differences? The sticker was a little over 28K, does anybody know the true market value? Thanks
  • txrx71txrx71 Posts: 6
    I have had my 2001 S-40 for 6 months and around 7k miles. This car has performed flawlessly. Its hard to reconcile my experience with my Volvo and the alleged lemons which populate this message board. The acceleration of the S-40 destroys any comparable Honda or Toyota. The ride and refinement is on par with a car which cost 10k more (mine was 23k). Finally, it has panache that a Camry, Accord, Audi(Volkswagen) doesn't have. I have had no problems with this car. With its combination of features I cannot think of a better value for the money I spent.
  • Anyone know how to turn off the servie light on a 2000 S40?
  • har1bushhar1bush Posts: 207
    Boy, after reading these posts and the fact that Volvo never seems to rank higher than the industrial avg. in JD power reliability index, I don't see if how I'd ever go for a Volvo... Plus, now that Detroit's in charge (Ford), the future doesn't look too great for Volvo in terms of reliability. As of now, the upcoming Audi A4 (even if Audi will break down somewhat compared to the Japanese brands, at least it has the best quality interior on this side of the galaxy), the Nissan duo of Altima and Maxima, and even the Camry looks like viable alternatives in this price range.
  • jnwflajnwfla Posts: 3
    I have had my S40 for about a month now and I love it. I have had Audis and an Acura in the past and I think this car is better. It drives like a dream and has great pick-up. The seats feel great. I wish they had included an ash tray but I guess Volvo considers health a part of safety.
  • david1812david1812 Posts: 17
    I've had my S40 for a few months now and I am very happy with the car. Love the gas mileage, ride, power, etc.. My only problem, which may be minor is that I hear some popping or rattling sound from the sunroof area. I first thought it was from the dash but noticed that the noise goes away when I open the sunroof or press against the glass while closed. Has anyone else had this problem? If so, is this an easy fix? I don't really want to take it in if it's not easily fixed since it's only a minor noise. I don't really hear it with the radio on, which is most of the time. Any advise would be appreciated.
  • lad10derlad10der Posts: 9
    1. Turn the key to the 1st position.
    2. Hold the trip button down.
    3. Then turn the key to the third position.
    4. Light will begin to flash and about the third time, release the trip button.
    5. Start the car to make sure the light is off.

    This info would found on www.volvospy.com.
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