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Volvo S40



  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,148
    If buying certified, yes, all recalls should have been performed. However, it is easy enough to check in the service department. They can pull up a full service history on the car and print it out for you.

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

  • snead_csnead_c Posts: 64
    I agree with gbrozen. Also, fwiw, the only problems I've had are an ignition switch replaced out of warranty ($300), door window switch replaced in warranty, and a rubber vanity strip on the sun roof under warranty. It's a very good car but for similar $ I'd look at new or close to new Civic, Corolla, or'd get fairly safe cars, warranty and Honda-Toyota reliability. :)
  • Appreciate feedback! Sounds like you'd both recommend S40. Don't know what years you own but perhaps you can tell me if pretty normal to have 12 or 20 bulletins in a given year. Does that mean that 05/06 owners were at dealer that many times making these repairs? Perhaps some completed prior to taking ownership?

    Test drove Civic- which feels too small as does the Fit. Corolla is possibility but concerned with drive with EPS-electric power steering. Overall more comfortable in small mid-sized sedan that rides higher-more neutral to ground. Want safety and reliability for sure but some comfort is also nice!

    Perhaps certified 05/06 S40 could be looked at as low risk purchase. If I get a great price and drive for 2-4 years, I imagine I would not be in too bad of a position on resale?

    Your feedback is appreciated!
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,148
    Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) are very different from Recalls. A TSB is merely a message to the dealers stating something like "if you hear of this problem, we have a solution and here it is." A recall, on the other hand, is when notices go to all owners to let them know something is wrong and it should be fixed.

    You could have 100 TSBs for a particular model car, but the owner may only experience 5 of those or even none of those.

    If I recall correctly, our Honda had something like 40 TSBs.

    I don't own an S40, but I've owned a couple of volvos and love them.

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

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,626
    This is essentially the same car...just more reliable. Wife tried both but hated the rear headrests...blocked vision, so she went with the 3s model. More economical 4 cylinder engine and a silky smooth tranny. I also looked to trade my Civic last July for an S40 and was very unimpressed. Having severe spinal issues figured the Volvo seats would be a better fit for me but the S40 seats were nothing good as my Civic's. All the pre-owned cars had "issues" and the $ they wanted was just plain stupid.
    Truly feel the Mazda 3 is a better application of this car with far less "issues" or recalls to worry about. The Hyundai Sonata power seats were far better than the S40's after driving both back to back. It's your $, but I for one want a drama free ride...and the S40 ain't it. Even my mechanic said "stay away" as parts are more expensive and the reliability factor just isn't there for this premium econo car.

    The Sandman :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • snead_csnead_c Posts: 64
    Mine is 2006 T5 awd
    Likes : awd, solid feel, paint finish, 30+ highway mpg, safety reputation, seat comfort :)
    Dislikes: high test gas requirement, expensive and limited available service, difficult and expensive cabin air filter replacement :(
    I just read sandman's reply and I agree on the Mazda option :D
  • I wanted to know if any one knows if the heads are alunminum on a 2000 Volvo s40?
  • belle7478belle7478 Posts: 6
    edited March 2010
    I own a 2000 S40 and am considering the new one (Standard, not T5). I understand it is totally different from mine. I find the seats on mine extermely uncomfortable on longer drives ( 1+ hours). And the brakes, while okay, seem a little less responsive than I'd like, but that may be because I've previously had manual transmissions.

    I'd appreciate feedback from owners on these issues -- or any other likes and dislikes you have on the car. Also any thoughts on the T-Tec vs leather.

    Thank you so much!!
  • snead_csnead_c Posts: 64
    I own a 2006 T5 that has leather seats. I believe they are similar to 2010 (not sure). Brakes are excellent and probably similar across the line. Seating is typically euro firm and is a very individual thing. I like mine especially since I have lots of possible adjustments. I've seen messagers not care for the feel which is very different from Japanese soft or US couch like.. Be sure to schedule a long test ride before your final decision to purchase. Good luck. :)
  • Thank you for taking the time, snead. Very helpful.
  • davidp158davidp158 Posts: 16
    I also have a 2006 S40 T5 with leather seats. Overall the car is very nice, but I absolutely loath the leather seats. The side bolsters are too narrow, very firm and extremely uncomfortable on long drives. The right leg bolster restricts my leg position, which interferes with comfortable access to the gas pedal. I'm not a big guy (5'7", 150 lbs.), and even though the S40 is a compact car, maybe I'm just not the "right size" for these seats. If you plan on taking long drives, I suggest that you rent a S40 for a few days to evaluate the seats.
  • Thank you, David. We are about the same height and it is my right leg - actually thigh - that starts to hurt first, And then my rear. :) I find myself lifting myself out of my seat at a toll booth for a break! I wonder if the t-tec seats would make a difference vs the harder leather. I have seen a couple of reviews that mention seat comfort as a plus on this car. Edmunds recommends the t-tec over the leather.
  • davidp158davidp158 Posts: 16
    belle7478 - I think the size and design of the S40 seats, combined with the gas pedal position are an ergonomic problem for me. If the bolsters on the fabric (t-tec?) seats are softer, that would probably help somewhat. When test driving Volvos, we did drive a few with the fabric seats, and thought they were fine. We probably went with leather thinking they were "better." BTW, the heated seat option is a wonderful option that I highly recommend. I complain about the seats, but I DO enjoy that they are heated.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,626
    I have pretty severe spinal issues and was very disappointed with the seats on the S40's I tried last July. I tried all the years, '06, '07, '08 & '09 and with the t-tech and the leather and found them not up to Volvo's legendary comfort I'd heard so much about. Maybe the upper models get the great seats but I found them lacking. Decided to just keep my '06 Civic as they felt exactly the same to my spine.

    My wife & I had a tense weekend discussing a swap...she thought I was nuts...but just couldn't justify spending the extra $ with my trade in. Still love the looks of the S40 but just couldn't do it. Hope your problems get better.

    The Sandman :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • My neighbor loves her new Civic, Sandman, and really wants me to take a drive and consider one. I guess I should take a look. Thanks for the feedback on the seats, evcen though it is not what I was hopingto hear. ;)
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,626
    You should definitely try both cars back to back or as soon as you can so you remember how each seat felt. You might find the S40 seats o k for your back or you might prefer the Civic's. The point is, try them both so you don't have buyers remorse down the road. Disliking what you drive can be a painful thing as you'll always remember your wrong decision, so buy what you really want.

    The Sandman :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • The manual/dealer says 7500 for synthetic in a 2004.5. I might put 5000/ year on my car, so I'm told at least once a year. What has been your habits concerning this?
  • I drive mine even less than you and have let it go up to a year, though the dealer suggested six months. It may be my imagination, but I have the trip compute in mine and it seems like I lose a mile of two pergallon on city mileage when it goes towards a year.
  • Wow, somebody that drives less than me. I haven't noticed a mileage issue. I drove my '87 240 for 18 years and did a change every 5000. It never needed a top off and didn't leave any in the drive. Only had 250,000 when I gave it to my daughter. I'm just not used to this once or twice a year. Would like to see it last, too.
  • sicily3sicily3 Posts: 2
    Have a 1998 s40t euro type am In Sicily ... they replace parts until problem go away.
    Turn key nothing, wait turn (volvo start problem) off car will start. Have valet key only no bob key. Starter has been replaced. Broken wire on immoblizer has been repaired, has been a on going problem for 12 mo. Does anyone have a idea where to start. These guys don't seem to have a clue what to ck out to find the problem. Thank you anyone for your help
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