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Volvo S40

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  • snead_csnead_c Posts: 64
    I have a 2006 s40 T5 AWD...I saw the same info...service dept at my dealer said it was dropped from the S40 model :sick:
  • That's just not right!! They should just reprint the whole thing or do something (so cheap!!). I kept trying and trying and trying....... Thanks for the info tho!
  • Not sure if this is the right place to post this, or if I should start a new thread. Anyway, we have a 2006 T5 with the 6 CD changer. It sounds great, but now and then will switch to the radio when a CD is playing. I can't tell what would make it do this, aside from one of those emergy alert radio announcements...but it just switches to one of my programmed FM music stations. Its done the switch from CD to radio at least 8 times now, and will bring this up when I take it in for its first service call. Has anyone had this problem?

    cheers,
    Dave
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    The software was deactivated following customer complaints.
    However, it can be reactivated by the dealer.
    Note: it only works for lowering the windows, not raising them.
  • Newly own a 07 S40 and I have no idea the maintance cost! I've heard it's not cheap. Do you guys have any ideas? Let say a oil change.
  • mrrk47mrrk47 Posts: 104
    I don't know for sure, but you've probably heard some of the Volvo maint. horror stories on this site...dang, that's one of the reasons this site isn't good for all people, people LOVE to scare people on here by telling them:"the car you just paid alot of money for is crap!"
    If you do alot of thinking(regretting) after the fact, then those kind of things will cause much grief. I just took my S40 into the dealer for an oil change and it cost....are you ready for this astronomical number......$41.00 TA DA!!!!!!!!! yes, it's not that much to change the oil in a Volvo, plus 15.00 for a loaner car. The horror stories I've heard are for things that break(things break on EVERY car and it ain't cheap tp fix things on any car).Volvo has had historical issues(as all euro makes) with electrical parts, but drivetrains are practically as bulletproof as the great, hollowed Japanse makes. I rationalize it like this: cheap is cheap , premium is premium....more expensive cars may cost more to fix.....
  • I bought this S40 model in July. Short trips (around half or one hour) no problem. I am a salesperson so; sometime I have to be between 2-4 hours driving. I noted that every time I had to drive more than 2 hour without stop the car, my back pain begins. I changed long trip to my wife Ford Freestyle and my back does no suffer any pain after the trip. I know this could be personal but I would like to know if somebody has the same experience. Reading about that in magazines, only I found one comment talking about uncomfortable front’s seat for long trips. I leased this one and I could not change this car before 18 months and also I would like to keep my back also so....... any suggestions before I go to the Volvo dealer? ;) :confuse:
  • mrrk47mrrk47 Posts: 104
    just curious , why can't you trade before 18 months?
  • Lease disclosure... not know why but that is my Bank loaner told me the day I signed. I will check more about it... :confuse:
  • When I first got my S40, the seats were uncomfortable and I got some back pain from them. After awhile, I got used to it and I don't have any problems. In fact, I like the seats now.
  • I purchased my '06 S40 at the end of summer and started hearing the same noises shortly after my purchase. They sound like servo motors going on and off. At first I only heard the noises when the air conditioning was on and then it became non-stop (even without air or fans on. I let the car sit over the weekend and found that it would not start on Monday. The car initially turned over and then died. On the second attempt to start the car, the key become locked in the ignition. The car responded to a jump and I made it to the dealership.

    So, after one week in the shop, they attributed all the problems to a defective battery. The service rep did not know of any problems with motors/noises with the ventilation...he did say some were louder in some cars than others???

    The good news...I have not had any problems since then and the noises have stopped.

    Good luck!
  • Congratulations...I'm still waiting for a promised "we're working on it" fix...mine barks as loudly as ever.
    I love my car but really do have a problem with waiting 6 months and "nothing yet" !
    Hummm, perhaps I should just replace the battery :)
  • ovlov1ovlov1 Posts: 1
    I have a 2005 S40 T5 with 12k miles. Since the car came with the first 4 scheduled maintenance every 7500 miles free , I was wondering if anyone was told differently regarding when to change oil. 7500 miles seems like a lot to me to wait but it is what is recommended in the manual as well. When I asked the service rep. at the dealer he said every 7500 miles is what was recommended. I know motor oils have gotten better over the years but would it be wise to have the oil changed in between the free scheduled maintenance times as well. Oil changes are fairly cheap yet very important to the engine health but on the other hand I dont want to throw my money away if its really not needed. I would thing every 3000-4000 would be the standard.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,855
    IMHO, doing anything more than what the manual recommends is a waste of money and resources.

    Your vehicle should be on a synthetic oil which should easily last the 7,500 mile interval.

    YMMV.
  • I'm considering a new S40 and heard through some informal online discussions that only the dealer can perform oil changes. Is this true and could someone provide some information on this? I've used local oil and lube outfits (like jiffy lube) and would like to have have the option of using them if I want to.

    Thanks for any info!
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    If the Jiffy Lube has the proper filter, they can certainly change the oil.
    However, the cars major services should be done at the dealer.
    Jiffy Lube techs can't do software work and can't tell you if your car has a problem or potential problem.
  • snead_csnead_c Posts: 64
    You need the filter cartridge approx $16.00 from Volvo and the proper wrench to get to the filter cartridge cover from on top...look for it near the oil dip stick and you'll see you challenge...best done when one's hands won't get burned as well. I used Mobil 1 extended life and feel very comfortable approaching the recommended change intervals.
    I started without the wrench and ended up at the dealer with a blush on my face as well. :cry:
    I will do it myself next time if necessary to prove I can !
  • I have a 2007 S40, and it only got 3,500 miles on it. The "Check Engine" light came one last Saturday. I called the Volvo service and they told me to check the gas cap to make sure it's closed. Sometime the car's computer might think there is a gas leak if it is not tightly closed. Then give it 24 hours to see if the light would go away. Any of you have the same problems? I tried to do the trick, but the light was still on as of this morning, but it hasn't been 24 hours yet! :mad:
  • seminole_kevseminole_kev Posts: 1,722
    My wife's '07 S40 did that too within the first month or so of owning it. Dealer supposedly updated some software and the problem hasn't repeated since (knocks on wood).
  • I have an S40 2006 2.4i and had the same problem. Solution: Start using regular (87 or 89) gasoline instead of Premium 93 I was using. Performance did not get any down penalty and the light go off until today (12000 miles). Good Luck :)
  • sarahhsarahh Posts: 3
    I find a volvo S40 with 8,xxx miles for $20,000 plus tax and fees, very clean, but I heard from peoples said about how expensive to be repair and parts also only find from dealers, :sick:

    anyway, someone recommend me to this website and told me that better listen from you guys who's really own Volvo S40, pls give me some advise,

    thanks for all answers

    sarah h. :P
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Keep in mind you are buying a European car, not a japanese or American one.
    So, parts, esp parts for what is essentially a new model will only be available from a dealer.
    Repair costs for the S40 are actually average.
    Slightly higher than a Honda, much better than a Benz.
    Plus, the car is under warranty, so parts costs aren't going to be an issue for another 4 yrs, by which time you may have already replaced the car.
  • au1994au1994 Posts: 784
    Ours did the same thing once. I stopped, tunred the car off and restarted and it was still on. Just happened to be 10 min from the dealer so I caled and told them I was on my way. They said no problem so I got there , turned it off, went inside to get the tech and you guessed it, when he turned the car on, it was off. He did check the computer and found no errors other han it could have been the gas cap.

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  • I own a 2005 volvo s40....bought it new, two months after i bought it, the check engine light came on....here i am 2 years later and it has come on a total of 5 times. When i take it in to get fixed, ive heard everything from "check the gas cap"( which it wasnt the problem" to a "power surge" to "massive air flow". I just recently had to take it in again. One week ago today, was told it was an emission problem this time...they reset the light, and guess what...its back on today! Called them back and was told that once a month they have a specialist come in...and they would have to look at my car. Didnt relize i needed a speacialist for my car, considering i took it to a volvo dealership(where i bought it from) its served as a good comuter car, but its also been a headache! Im almost done with it completly. :mad:
  • I'm looking at used Volvos (among other cars), and wondering if someone can explain the real world difference between DSTC and the older STC. Am I missing out by just getting STC? I'm looking at model year 2005 and older. Seems like DSTC came out in 2007 or 2006?
  • What kind of gasoline are you using 87,89,93? Look what I said in a previous message:

    "I have an S40 2006 2.4i and had the same problem. Solution: Start using regular (87 or 89) gasoline instead of Premium 93 I was using. Performance did not get any down penalty and the light go off until today (12000 miles). Good Luck "

    Hope this help you !!!! ;)
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    DSTC is a yaw control program.
    It is designed to lessen the possibility of the car spinning out of control in bad weather.
    It controls both the throttle and all 4 brakes.
    STC is just traction control. It will lessen the chance of the front wheels breaking traction. It controls the throttle and the front brakes.
    If you live in a snowy climate DSTC is a good thing to have. Otherwise, the regular STC system will do nicely.
  • I'd recommend getting rid of it. I have a 2001 Volvo S40 and it has been nothing but trouble. The only redeeming quality is that it is paid for. The check engine light has been on for a majority of the past 5 years. I can only take it to the Volvo dealership and they can never "fix" it for longer than a day. The o2 sensors (front and rear)have been replace a total of 9 times. I am getting rid of it this year, and going for a Honda, ready for a reliable car!
  • seminole_kevseminole_kev Posts: 1,722
    A 2001 S40 is the joint Mitsubishi/Volvo car right?
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,432
    yes.

    It is, if i remember correctly, a Mitsu Charisma elsewhere.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

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