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Volvo V40 - Information & Experiences

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  • Hi.

    I just bought a preowned Volvo V40 and the brakes feel funny to me, almost as if the pads are down to nothing and scraping the rotors. No gravelly grinding, but like a low rumble and possible ever-so-slight metal to metal contact.

    So, I took it to a brake place and they said the brakes were in good shape and everything else looked fine--nothing weird looking.

    They said it could be an ABS issue.

    Before I get jacked at the dealership I thought I would post this. Any ideas?

    :confuse:
  • Hi,

    I know it has been a while but did you ever figure out what the issue was with your car not starting? We bought our 2001 V40 station wagon 7 months ago and have had it in the shop 5 or 6 times since for the same kind of issue. They have done extensisve diagostic testing and still cannot figure out what the problem is. Its like a guess and check game now. Every time they replace or fix something the car is fine for a month and then it won't start again. They think it has something to do with the immobilizer now but I was just wondering if I could learn from your experience.

    Thanks,

    Jaime Schwartz
    jschwartz@priceweber.com
  • I am checking out a 2000 V70 XC SE and CARFAX shows the point of origin as NICB and then shipped from Guam to a US dealer! VIN. # is YV1LZ569Y2735841.

    Any clues on its place of assembly?

    Phil
  • Hi there, Our V40 was badly rear ended and the body work afterwards was done by a local body shop as there is no proper Volvo collision center within 400 km from us. The way the new rear bumper was installed looks a bit strange to me (there is a lot of ribbed black plastic showing">) but having no access to another V40 and no pre-accident photos I am not sure if the repair was done right or not. Would any of you V40 owners be willing to send us photos of the back with the hatch door open to compare? Many thanks in advance,

    Konrad Leszczynski, Ontario Canada
  • I'm new to this forum so I might be in the wrong place so bear with me. Last year I bought a used 2001 S40 Turbo and I love it. I am a mechanic but I know little about Volvos. How can I get another 25 or 30 horse out of it without breaking the bank?
  • my 1996 V40 Lamba Sound Dash Lite comes on after a few miles, the car has new exhaust an cat, anyone got any ideas why, and where is the sensor located
  • Oh My. My 2002 V40 has almost ALL the same problems yours does! It's been very expensive to maintain. A friend of my wife's was interested in buying it but I didn't want to sell it to someone I knew - don't want that on my conscience! Whats up with the seat leather? I have an Accord 2 years older with leather seats that look great - the V40's are rippped at the seams. I have the funky brakes too. I'll never go back to Volvo. Poor quality and poor design - the radio - yes!
  • I have a 92 240 with 79,000 orig miles. Automatic with a very clean interior and rust free exterior. Runs great. Needs shocks and a starter motor. I am interested in trades for a pv-544 or 122 amazon wagon in good condition and mechanically sound. If nothing what is the top price I could sell the car for with this low mileage?
  • I have a Volvo V40 Wagon and i need my front motor mount replaced. The Volvo service place I service my car wants to charge me $280 for parts and labor. Does anyone know if this is a reasonable amount or what the cost to replace Volvo motor mounts typically is?
    Thanks!
  • atpnkatpnk Posts: 4
    Can anyone tell me how to adjust the headlight on my V40?
    It has a Halogen lens with an aftermarket HID kit installed. The left light is considerably lower than the right lens.

    Thanks for any help.
  • atpnkatpnk Posts: 4
    That's about what I paid to have mine replaced. Good luck!
  • shaun7shaun7 Posts: 1
    hi can anyone tell me how to adjust the rear bumper on a v40 mine just seems to be sitting about half an inch to low and am wondering if it is possible to raise thanks
  • I bought a v40 about two weeks ago from a dealer/volvo mechanic. I am a little worried the car is becoming a lemon. When I am driving on the freeway and have to accelerate up a hill there is a strange vibration that shakes the floor, gas peddle, and steering wheel. This also happens when the rpms go above 2500. The guy I bought the car from also drives a v40 and he says that his experiences the same thing. He thinks it may be the axel barring needing to be replaces (which is a cheap replacement), but I am worried it might be something wrong with the turbo or the transmission. Any advice?
  • vwdawgvwdawg Posts: 162
    Hello to all: Most of my Eurocar experience has been with German vehicles (one Audi A4, three Jettas and a Passat) and a few Japanese (one Honda, several Mazdas). I am pondering a 2000-2002 S40 or V40 for my daughter based primarily on safety considerations and I find the styling to be attractive. Now that they have been on the market for quite some time, does anyone have any comments regarding major, inevitable repair issues that one should be aware of? A4s seem to be plagued with timing belt issues (change it well BEFORE the spec or you might blow the engine) and bad front suspensions ($1,500 for control arm and tie rod repairs). VW 1.8 turbo...oil sludging if you didn't know that VW changed the spec to synthetic after the manual stated that conventional was OK. So, I would appreciate any general commentary regarding significant issues to look for. Much appreciated...thanks for your input! DP
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Could be something as simple as a bad motor mount. Take it back to your mechanic.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    By and large the S40 has been a pretty good car. Just make sure you buy one that has been maintained properly.
  • Hello, could you please tell me what indicated to you that this was a needed replacement? I have a 2001 with a vibration in the gas pedal that's driving me bonkers!!

    Thanks
  • Hello, did you ever figure out what was with the shake/shimmy in the steering wheel that comes and goes for no apparent reason? Mine does the same...
    thanks
  • Hello, i have a similar vibration and was wondering if you ever figured out what it was...
    thanks
  • Although the problem I am replying to is 4 years old I have the same problem with a 2000 v40 with 80,000 miles on it. I was wondering if anyone else has experienced the same type of check engine light problem as bru8 described? (see link above to read his description.) I would really like to hear from anyone who has found a solution to the problem. Thanks.
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