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Volvo S40



  • The 2006 s40 is a great car and I love driving it! But I am bugged by the wind noise at the tops of the driver & passenger windows. It sounds like the windows are not completely up. Volvo claims they cannot hear the noise, but I've had friends drive the car and they can hear it. Wondering if anyone else is having the same experience.

    Also, my brakes squeak when backing up. The car only has 2700 miles on it.

    Any input would be appreciated.
  • I just got a new battery installed in my 2003 S40 and the radio requires a code to re-boot. I have the code but before I could punch it in my brother tried several wrong codes and the radio now says "off". I went to the dealer and they said that the radio has to be on for 2 hours to re-set and then the word code will come back up. I had the radio on for over 3 hours and the it never happened. We even went so far as to disconnect the battery and start over but to no avail. Any suggestions?!? The service center is closed until Tuesday and I NEED my radio. Happy New Year everyone!
  • au94au94 Posts: 171
    Well, we have an 06 T5 that has the same brake issue at virtually the same mileage. Our first oil change is free from the dealer and I was planning on waiting until then to have it looked at. I have noticed that brake dust accumalates more on the real wheels than the front. Never seen this before, its usually the other way around.

    Din't seem to have the wind noise problem though.

    Anyone that has any input on the brakes would be appreciated!
  • We have been looking for a S40 T5 and looked into leasing a 2006 but in the process found a 2005 S40 T5 AWD, Prem Pkg. 6spd manual which is exactly what my husband wanted. My question is what should we offer on a 2005 now that it is Jan 06? the MSRP is $31,250. I feel like if we could get a good enough price on an 05 it might be better to buy than to lease an 06. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!!!
  • I was quoted a lease deal on a Met. Silver, 06 S40 T5, Prem, Sport, Audio, Conven. Pkgs. with an MSRP of $32,225 and a sale price of $26,807. The lease is for 36 months with 15k/year and the payment are $491down and $491/Month. The price seems amazing but the payments seem really high for this price. When I go on the Volvo website finance calculator, the payments are closer to $400/month. Can anyone offer me advice about what seems wrong with this deal? We have excellent credit. The residual value is $15,145. Thanks for your help!
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,642
    well, i believe the volvo calculator does not take tax into consideration, for one. And I would venture a guess that it also leaves out DMV fees and paperwork fees.

    There is a lease calculator here on Edmunds you could try. It allows you to plug in all those extra costs.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    leave the key in the ignition in the on position for 2 hrs(engine doesn't need to be on) with the radio on.
  • You need to shop other Volvo dealers as well. I bet they quoted you the payment without pulling your credit first. They are assuming you qualify already but keep in mine they make profit based on the different money factor (in leasing lango)they use to calculate the payment. All leases now are full disclosure so they really can't snuck in hidden fees accept for acquasition fee and disposition fee (price you pay at least turn in if you don't purchase the car). As for the lease payment calculator, it is always low. Don't rely on it. There are a lot of factors that it doesn't account for to make an accurate quote. If you don't plan on keeping the car for a long time and drive within the allowance mileage, go for the lease. If you buy and plan to trade within 3 years, don't do it. You have to save more than a couple thousand dollars to go with an 05 instead of 06. Don't lease an 05 period. Good luck..
  • Thank you very much for your help. I was concerned about the deal the offered because they acutally called and offered us a much lower price and better deal and then called back and said that they had made a mistake and it was actually going to be the price offered above. I really liked this Volvo dealer when i bought my S60, but now I'm having my doubts becuase the lease manager first misquoted us and then has been rude to us since his mistake. Unfortunately there is just the one lease guy, becuase the other people there have been great to us.

    He told me that the "Cap Cost" was $26,807 does this mean that it includes the tax and fees? Thank you so much for your help and advice!
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Cap cost doesn't include taxes and fees.
  • Thank you. I went to and did some more research and realized that this lease deal:

    The MSRP is $32,225

    The invoice price is $30,157

    The Cap price (leasing price) is $26,807

    Terms- 36 months, 15,000 miles per year, drive off is $491.94, 35 payments of $491.94. Residual value is $15,145.


    $17,709.84 total in payments
    $15,145 Residual Value
    $17,245.00 total price to purchase w/tax @ 6.5%
    Total actual price of car:

    Bank advises adding up all of your lease expenses and the cost of purchasing your car at the lease end (just in case). This also helps to show you what type of deal you are getting. the thing I don't understand is how $26807 turned back in more than the MSRP when I look at the total payments and the residual value.
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    Is the $491.94 figure before or after tax?
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Short answer is don't buy the car at the end of the lease.

    The other way to look at it is this: $26,807 sale price, plus tax and license, finance @6.9% for 60 mos. total price $34,200. 60mo pmt @$570. In reality the purchase price would be $2000 higher, since the lease incentive is greater than the purchase incentive.
    Now, your payment is @ $612 and the total cost is $36,700.
    If you plan on keeping the car for a long time, buy it.
    Otherwise take the lease.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,642
    Volvomax summed it up pretty well.

    When you are calculating your potential cost, you are adding in all the taxes, interest, etc.

    i mentioned the lease calculator on edmunds before, but here is the direct link. Plug in all your info and see what you get. elanding.calculators..3.*

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • jims40jims40 Posts: 5
    i want to upgrade my whole exhaust system the headers, turbo downpipe to the cat, muffler, everything could somone tell me a good website or somone to call caus its pretty hard to find out about volvo performace parts i also want an intake but im pretty sure k & n will work.
  • jims40jims40 Posts: 5
    oh yeah its a 2003
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    You should have a look at our Speed Shop: Tuning & Modification board. Have fun!
  • jims40jims40 Posts: 5
    in addition to the exhaust i was thinking of getting the upsolute chip they say that it gives 40 more horses and doesn't effect the gas mileage or ware?
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,642
    i haven't looked at the specs on your specific car, but, many times, when going for the highest chip upgrade on a turbo car, it requires you use premium fuel. So, unless you are already running premium, your fuel costs will increase, regardless if the actual mileage remains the same.

    Just thought I'd point that out, not that it should prevent you from doing it. Heck, I don't mind running premium for increased performance.

    check out for other upgrades.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    For an older S40, ipd is probably your best bet.
  • sunbyrnesunbyrne Posts: 210
    i haven't looked at the specs on your specific car, but, many times, when going for the highest chip upgrade on a turbo car, it requires you use premium fuel.

    Volvo already recommends premium fuel in the T5 for best performance anyway. I suspect most T5 drivers are already putting at least midgrade in, so maybe it's not such a hit. Now, mileage may be another story...
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,642
    there is no '03 S40 T5.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • sunbyrnesunbyrne Posts: 210
    Ah, right, sorry, I had lost context.
  • I'm going to buy an S40 2.4i in a couple months...fwd/auto...any pros or cons with the 16" tires vs the 17" tires....wear wise?? I'm sure the 17's will cost more.
    How bout the awd model...does the awd eat up the they wear quicker??
    Thanks in advance!!
  • hi

    thinking of buying a 2000 s40 volvo with 61000 miles on it. Is there any reason why I shouldn't go ahead with the deal?
  • Hello All-

    About 7months ago i purchased a 2000 S40 Volvo from Car Max that had 82thousand miles at a great price. I drove the car for 3months and then constant problems began to happen. The ignition Coil had to be replaced and so and so forth. My problem now, when I drive the car at about 30-40 miles per hour, it drives smoothly. When I try to accelerate to 60 or 70 miles per hour the car begins to knock and act like it just can not make it. The knocking is felt underneath the floor board and sometimes it will get so bad that it shakes the car. The faster I go the harder the knocking gets and it progressively get worse over the day. One mechanic told me it is the CV Joint another has said that I am not using the correct Octane fuel? Has anyone else had a problem like this? PLEASE HELP!!!!
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,642
    well, easy enough to pick between those problems. ARE you using the correct fuel? If so, I would tend to agree with the CV joint. But that can be checked before actually replacing it.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • :confuse: The car actually did not come with a owners manual and CarMax stated that I could your regular gas in the car. I thought that to be kind of strange, so i have been putting Mid-grade in the car, is that wrong?
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    try premium and see if that works.
    The S40 works best on premium.
  • I own a 2000 S40 with 82k miles and I have a similar issue with vibration. It is definitely not a gasoline issue. We found that all three motor mounts had broken and needed to be replaced. After fixing those, we had to replace the right-front axle because the engine was 2 inches out of alignment. When we got it back from the shop, the problem still persisted. My mechanic suggested that we replace all the tires...we did as told, but the vibration is still there. From 20-60 mph the car harmonically vibrates. Today, we put it on a lift rack and I revved the car from 10-60 mph and I can feel the vibration. Does anyone have any other thoughts on a solution to the problem? There is no play in the axles and I wouldn't think that a sensor would cause the problem.
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