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Volvo S40

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  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    05's came out in August 04.
    06's are due this August.
  • bonsbons Posts: 45
    Most European premium brands (Mbz,BMW,Volvo,Saab) have higher standards for performance and safety. There is absolutely no compromise for it.

    However value brands like (Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, etc) compromise performance and safety for the sake of economics and reliability rating.

    Example, the most common maintenance/repair in any cars is the braking system. For European brands the brake pads and rotors are replaced more frequently (due to higher standards of performance and safety) all rotors in these cars cannot be resurfaced/machined. And in some car such as Saab you might have to replace the pads and rotors every 30K (cost about $500 - $750)

    For cars produced by Toyota/Honda/Hyundai..etc you can change your pads every 30K, resurface your rotors at 60K, and in some cases you can resurface it again at 120K. So at the extreme end you'll need to replace the rotors in your Saab 6 times before you replace the rotors for the average cars. Very economical, small bills, and may lead some consumers to say "WOW" this car is reliable. In fact it just mean less maintenance, more economical while compromising performance and safety.
    Folks, Toyota/Honda/Hyundai learn and study reliability rating surveys and perceptions very well. They design their cars for their intended consumers

    Furthermore, when comparing the TSX vs. S40 one result that clearly illustrate that Volvo does not compromise performance and safey for any reason is the braking distance stat. As some have mentioned in previous posts the S-40 beats the TSX braking distance by a whopping 30 feet. Let's repeat it 30 FEET. That's a difference between going off the cliff on your ski trip in your TSX and staying alive in your Volvo, killing a woman and her kids in your TSX or stop safely in time in your S40. 30 Feet is a world of difference on the roads in case of an emergency.

    Folks, it's not the tires, it's not the wheel, it's Acura compromising performance and safety for economics and reliability perceptions, and Volvo doesn't
    Another stat that point to superior engineering and handling of the S40 is the turning Circle 34.9 ft. for S40, and a dismal 40 ft. for TSX
  • pierolapierola Posts: 5
    I have a 2005 s40 t5 and the same happened to me twice in the last couple of weeks.....!
    when that happened to me, I just turned the system off and when I turn it on, the problem it's gone. I thought it was part of my imagination...... or a computer glitch....!
    (I didn't take it to the dealer yet)
  • creakid1creakid1 Posts: 2,032
    Ok, dusty Euro brake pads (& hence dirty wheels) could mean maximum braking power, but the 2001 Lexus demo event showed that the IS can still out brake the 3-series. So the 330i had to force the minimum rim size to be at least 17" for accommodating a super-sized rotors in order to leap frog the IS. Why did CR rate the IS #1 in safety? It's the combination of crash test & accident-avoidance ability.

    To me, the main reason I crossed out the S40 from my list is due to the dangerously-narrow rear glass width for the lack of instant lane-change info. That's also why I avoid hatches & wagons. Otherwise, the S40's beautiful driving position is the only one that allows my left finger to be in the "ready position" all the time for signaling. That's even more effective for safety than the new 3-series' brake caliper that clings closer to the rotor in the "ready position" when the driver immediately lifts off the gas.

    Volvo's previous history was poor when comes to accident prevention. The ABS was available kind of late compare to German cars, so our '86 top-of-the-line Volvo (760 turbo) didn't have it & slipped into the intersection on a wet day when trying to stop on a yellow light. I almost had a head on when trying to read the stereo indicator lights that require ducking down. & eventually my sister rear ended someone when trying to look over the shoulder while changing lane to the right on the FWY due to the lack of right convex mirror, which wasn't available until the '88 model year!
  • divewreckdivewreck Posts: 51
    With some negative comments with reduced visibility from the rear window (I didn't notice when I did a test drive), would adding a spoiler further decrease visibility?
  • assuming you mean the stock spoiler, no, i test drove one with a spoiler and i could not see it...the main hindrance are the back seat head rests. they blocked the spoiler from view. i believe, and if a current owner can confirm or deny this it would be helpful, the back seat head rests can be tilted down, or taken out completely. i know this is the case with my mom's 2004 S60, i'm assuming it is also the case with the S40.
  • creakid1creakid1 Posts: 2,032
    when going reverse.

    But if the trunk height is already too high to begin with, then it'll cut into the view of your inside rear-view mirror.

    I was complaining about the width of the rear-view visibility on many new sedans including the new S40, Mazda3, G35, Passat, & G35. I think it's the auto companies' conspiracy to keep sedans' excellent rear visibility width nearly as narrow as the wagons/SUVs. So sedan owners will be willing to "upgrade" to the expensive SUVs next time w/o such complain. Ditto the size of the compact cars' turning circle getting bigger these days. What happened to the 32.2-ft turning circle of my 760 turbo & '90 Protege? I remember the Chevette's turning circle was 30.2-ft. & no, FWD is not an excuse, the '82 Sentra had a small turning circle, too.
  • carbertcarbert Posts: 23
    The back seat head rests can be removed, and it makes a huge difference in visibility. If you don't normally transport people in your back seat, then I'd really recommend stashing them in the trunk or something.
  • rideride Posts: 4
    Signed a contract in Dec 04 with Volvo direct in Sontong, Korea near Osan Air Base. Not a dealer but a direct rep of Volvo in Sweden. The only real discount was on the base price of the car which was about 2.5K less than the states, got the full up packages and the cost of the packages was the same, he did cut me another 1K off the car so I'm saving about 4K over the price in the states...30K for a full up T5 FWD all the whissles, stereo, premium interior and dynamic sport pack. Come Oct though 30K will be common for my type of equipped car. But if you want it equipped exactly as you need and the colors you want, direct is the way to go. As far the taxes, don't know about Belgum but I still have to pay whatever state I title it in the US - apprx another 2K, yippee. Although I signed a contract in Dec 04, my direct dealer is allowing me to push my contract delivery back to Oct 05 when I return to the states. And I have the option of rolling my 1K deposit and signing a contract on an 06 if I want, provided my car is not made yet. Full payment is due to Volvo 45 days prior to delivery and the direct dealers do not provide financing from Volvo or any other, we have to acquire on our own. If you canx the contract without cause, they keep your 1K. Hope this helps.
  • mazda6smazda6s Posts: 1,901
    One difference that was immediately obvious to me when I drove them is that the S40 is WAY more quiet than the Mazda3.
  • reallyreally Posts: 1
    I recently test drove the automatic S40 and the proximity of the gas and brake pedals didn't really bother me (shoe size 8.5-9), but I have read that it did bother others.
  • divewreckdivewreck Posts: 51
    It didn't bother me either, but I believe it was between the brake & clutch pedals
  • Heico offers an ECU upgrade but this a hardware upgrade requiring an individual to soder the chip. I know of a company (TME) that specializes in ECU upgrades utilizing software application. As far as voiding warranties there's a law that specifically addresses these type of issues. If you replace a factory part with aftermarket your warranty should only be void for that specific item. If there were a warranty repair issue and the dealer claims that your aftermarket item voids the warranty; they have to prove that your aftermarket item directly caused the problem. This is my laymen's understanding of the law and ecu upgrades. The law i'm refering to is the "Magnuson Moss Warranty Act"

    Any thoughts? :confuse:
  • your understanding of law is correct, but ECU is related to so many functions in the modern car, so unless you had some true mechanical failure somewhere totally unrelated to the drivetrain, you can claim that it was unrelated to your upgrade. I will be very cautious. Now, if anything, actually anything happens with the drivetrain - engine, transmission, ball joints, AWD guts, etc, etc. Volvo will claim that it was stressed beyond of the designed parameters, and you will have a burden of proof that it was otherwise.
    For all practical purposes, I would say that the manufacturer's warranty for the most vital units will be gone, once you upgrade the ECU.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Both TME and Evolve(powerchip) re-flash your existing ECU.
    It is the safest way to go. Soldering a chip to a Volvo ECU is just asking for trouble.
  • Max,
    Just out of curiosity - do you personally know any incidents when there was a transmission failure on a car with the upgraded ("soft" flashed) ECU and Volvo did not revoke the warranty?
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    I don't personally know of ANY failure of a car w/ a flashed ECU.

    If such a failure did occur, Volvo would certainly disallow the warranty claim.
  • i get my S40 in about a month from now and since i've never bought a new car before, i have a couple of questions for those who have...

    1. my car is comming from the factory...i know the cars are put through performance and handling tests overseas before they are shipped so i'm assuming the car should arrive with somewhere between 4-6 miles on it. is that about right? and if not, how many miles should i expect to be on it when it arrives? how much compensation should i ask for if the car has more miles on it then it should?

    2. my father tells me it's not good to push a car too hard in the begining of its road life. however, he can't tell me how long to go easy on it and he's never had a turbocharged car. how long(or how many miles) should i drive my new T5 before i open it up?
  • Anything less than 25-30 miles should not matter. It may include some driving at the port terminal.

    The rule of thumb is - do not exceed 4500 rpm for a first 1000 miles.
  • greggorgreggor Posts: 11
    Yea, I've heard pretty much the same thing that lev said. under 4500 RPM for the first 500-1000 miles.
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