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Volvo S40



  • Thanks Mazda6, I also own a Mazda 6, but that's another board.
  • jbrojbro Posts: 1
    Does anyone have any info on when the T5 manual trans will be available in the states? The Volvo USA website doesn't say.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Available in the Fall, October or so.
  • tasdisrtasdisr Posts: 25
    I am looking at trading my Acura TL TypeS in
    and I had been looking at the new TL when I happened to see the Volvo S40. Has anyone compared the two? How do you like your S40?
  • twilliatwillia Posts: 29

    I too have an Acura TL (but not the S-Type) and have looked at several cars including the new Acura TL, TSX, the Volvo S40 T5 and a few others. From a pure price/feature standpoint, the TL is a great vehicle. I love how Acura puts virtually everything into the vehicle and have very few manufacturer options (like the navigation system). I've test drove the TL, TSX and the S40 and can't say anything bad about the Acura vehicles, however the S40 T5 was incredibly impressive. I love the look, it's more distinctive than the Acuras and it feels extremely quick. I like the compact size of the car as I think it helps it feel/look more sporty than the Acura TL. The insurance quote on the Volvo was less than the TL and the gas mileage is a a little better.

    When the 2005's hit the dealer lots, I plan on getting a loaded silver S40 T5.
  • tasdisrtasdisr Posts: 25
    Twillia, what will be the differences between
    the present s40 and the 2005 model?
  • twilliatwillia Posts: 29

    The only differences I am aware of between the 2004.5 and the 2005 is the addition of a Dynamic Package (I'm not sure if that's the official name) and a new color - Blue Benard Metallic. My understanding is that the Dynamic Package adds the front, side and rear lower moldings you see in the Volvo S40's pictured on the front of the 2004.5 brochure instead of the black molding you see most of the cars pictured in the brochure.

    I'm waiting on the 2005 just because I don't like the 2004.5 designation and it will give me a couple more months to save up a bigger downpayment.

  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    AWD and a manual will be offered for 2005.
    The Dynamic pkg gets a new 5 spoke 17" wheel.
    Dynamic only available in Black, Silver and Red.
    Eventually will be available in Flint Gray.
  • Because the T5 is a turbo charged engine is there a lot of maintanence? Also could this potentially be a problem down the line, another thing that can go wrong in a car's engine? I am thinking about getting a T5 or Accord v6 coupe and the turbo charged engine has me a bit worried. Thanks for any input....
  • jcroganjcrogan Posts: 3
    I am interested in buying a new volvo S40 either the redesign or other model 2004 I am wondering if I can get some feedback. Is it worth it are repairs and car history bad enough to get a warranty for $1600? I have never had a foreigh car and would like more info? Thanks,
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    The T5 needs no special maintenance. Oil changes are every 7500 miles. Major services are every 60,000 miles. Just remember to change your oil when your supposed to and if you drive the car hard remember to let the engine idle to cool down if you've driven the car hard.

    Warranties, by and large Volvo's are good reliable cars. Their repair expense isn't bad for a European car. A Honda is cheaper to fix and more people can work on them. An extended warranty is like insurance. Some people believe in insurance some don't.
  • s60 2.4s60 2.4 Posts: 24
    Great Video! Truly incredable!
  • gambit293gambit293 Posts: 406
    Interesting story, though if you Google "volvo mystery of dalaro", you'll find that there is a lot of confusion and speculation on whether the video is:

    1) a real documentary based on facts

    2) a fake documentary entirely made-up by Volvo's hired advertising agency to mislead ppl and sell cars

    3) a spoof documentary made-up by Volvo's hired advertising agency to entertain ppl and sell cars
  • creakid1creakid1 Posts: 2,032
    They all suck! Even the fake Saabs disguised from Opels...
  • bpwrightwvbpwrightwv Posts: 17
    Does the dealer get anything from the manufacturer when they sell finance contracts? I've got a decent offer from a dealer, but I'm also looking to take advantage of the 1.9% for 36 months. If the dealer will get something from the manufacturer, I'd like to take that into consideration with my counter offer.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Finance companies generally pay the dealers a flat fee for contracts. Sometimes as little as $50.

    The 1.9% from Volvo is a special rate and not subject to negotiation.
  • misteredmistered Posts: 1
    I am torn between the S40 T5 and the S60 2.5T. Both look great. The 40 is more responsive and the 60 is more comfortable. Has anyone heard of any quality problems with either model? Thanks.
  • I am strongly considering a 2004.5 , but my insurance company (Progressive) doesn't have this vehicle in their system - and the specific car's VIN comes up as "invalid".

    Has anyone else had similiar problems with this model or newer models in general? I'd hate to switch companies, b/c their prices are usually so good!

  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Both cars have done very well as far as quality is concerned. There are more incentives for the 60 so that may sway you.

    One of my customers did have an issue w/ insurance. Although this was back in March. Since then we ahve sold quite a few S40's and no insurance problems have been reported.
    Progressive should have the VIN info by now.
  • creakid1creakid1 Posts: 2,032
    they should substitute w/ something like '04 S40 for now.

    When I got the new '90 Protege 4-dr sedan, AAA took my word for it & insured it as '90 323 4-dr sedan. At least the agent saw "323" on my trunk deck that said:

    Mazda 323"

    In my later renewal, their system could no longer allow "'90 323 4-dr", so it became "'90 Protege 4-dr".
  • leeandginaleeandgina Posts: 38
    We bought a 2004.5 S40 in May and Liberty Mutual didnt have the vin either, so they did the premium manually. Make sure you get a discount for ABS, Alarm and the airbags though, they missed that. We pay $1100 a year for ours in PA, with $250 deductibles and its used for commuting too (45 miles one way).
  • Volvomax
    my owner's manual says in certain markets the front passenger seat will fold flat. I even remember a review of the new S40 stating such. My dealer says only if the passenger seat is powered will it fold flat. That's not even an option on the 2.4i S40.
    what's the real story?
  • cotmccotmc Posts: 1,081

    Max helped me with my S40 2.4i lease. We both came to the same conclusion: The 2.4i passenger seat does not fold flat. I was a little disappointed, but on the other hand, I doubt I would ever take advantage of that feature, anyway.

    I suspect your dealer is correct.

    BTW, after selling my BMW, and driving an Audi A4 before that, I have no regrets after 3 months with my S40.

    Well, on second thought, I wish I had the upgraded audio package. The midrange presence within the standard system is weak, and the tweeters sound rather cheap. That's probably my only complaint.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    On the European version there is an option to have the seat fold.
    For whatever reason this option is not available on the US cars.

    I'm pretty sure that even the T5 w/ a pwr passenger seat won't fold flat.
    In the bigger Volvo's the mechanism to fold the seats is mechanical. There are 2 release pins at the bottom corners of the seat.
    Oddly enough, on some of the older models the drivers seat had the release pins as well.
  • czm3136czm3136 Posts: 10
    Tony - this is definitely an issue for my husband, who only drives the car a small percentage of the time. I haven't noticed it yet since my feet aren't as large but he has definitely commented on this several times. You can actually hear his foot getting stuck.

    Other than that, the car is awesome!! Maybe you can wear smaller shoes when driving it?!?!
  • creakid1creakid1 Posts: 2,032

    I'm not sure if this applies to Volvo, but the 5-dr IS300 w/ this feature can't recline w/ proper posture for comfort.
  • grantchstrgrantchstr Posts: 371
    Am I right in hinking that the new S40 in the USA is the V50 which is available in Europe? The V50 looks a great car and I suppose has been debugged in Europe before hitting the USA market. I believe the V50 is longer than the S40. Is the V50 ONLY a wagon? Any observations on pricing in the USA?
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