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Volvo V40 - Information & Experiences



  • Twice in the last 2 months I've hit potholes with my 2001 Wagon. Each time it has cost me 2 wheels and 2 tires. Over $1100 each time. The wheels bent, tires sidewalls bubbled. Anyone else having this problem? I've hit a lot of potholes in my time and never had anything like this happen.
  • natural5natural5 Posts: 1
    Just replaced (16,000 miles) two front original Michelin tires on 2000 V40 due to bubbles in side walls. Didn't notice anything special driving the car, just noticed the bulges on cleaning the car. Have driven cars (3 Honda Civic wagons, VW Bus, Toyota sedan) over New York City potholes for years with no tire or suspension problems. The Volvo dealer and the tire salesman both were unsurprised by the defect, but claimed no liability for correction of the problem. Looks like a defect/safety issue to us.
  • topoe1topoe1 Posts: 1
    Had a 2000 v40 for 18 mos. Impressions so far: drives well, real comfortable, moderate cargo space (it IS classified as a compact, after all). It'll get up & go, too. CD/cassette player sounds good. Ergonomically, it's for aliens. Headlights last about 6 mos ea (at $23.00 a pop if you change 'em yourself). Had it in the shop once for rear brakes being locked up (of course, it was just "out of adjustment" and therefore not covered by warranty). Otherwise, no problems-I'm happy with it. Will probably trade to a v70 at some point, though, just to get more metal around kids & me.
  • pocahontaspocahontas Posts: 802
    Glad to hear you're enjoying your V40 experience. We look forward to hearing more....

    Happy Motoring. ;-)

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  • 2boysdad2boysdad Posts: 7
    Just put K&N airfilter #33-2763 on our 2000 V40 and living in Colorado I noticed a diffrence right away. Any questions about applications to your Volvo contact K&N Tech support at 1-800-858-3333. This car is fun to drive and my wife likes the little boost from the turbo, so getting on and off the highways here is not as scary as it use to be.
  • matthiasp1matthiasp1 Posts: 1
    Hello: I happen to be a happy owner of V40. However, I have spoted two problems. First, I see marks from original masking tape on the roof of my red Volvo. I will see the dealer about it. The second problem I have with original Michelin tires. I put 26,000 miles on it and they don't look good. It seems more of alignment problem, yet it is not covered by a warranty. If the alignment was bad from the beginning, why wouldn't dealer correct it?
    Well, if you have suggestions, please feel free to respond.
  • 2boysdad2boysdad Posts: 7
    Try a little WD40 on the left over tape. It's also good for removing the dealer name stickers and the ones held on with double stick tape. Just be carefull. As for the tires I don't know.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
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  • I am looking for a new wagon.. I have the A6 quatto now and I have really liked it but I could use something smaller and cheaper.. Any ideas on which way to go? Is there a big price difference or quality difference. Volvo dealer near me had NO wagons.. have to order 8 - 10 weeks in advance...makes me wonder if parts will be hard to get... How is volvo in the snow?
  • Got a real good deal on the sign and drive lease. Will pick it up Monday! Friends who have the S40 state that it is great in the snow. These wagons are difficult to find. Our dealer did not have one and had to have it delivered from 75 miles away. Mind you we are in Denver which is a big city.
  • bros21bros21 Posts: 1
    My V40 is supposed to have "daytime running lights" but they aren't like other cars (where the lights are dim and not all lit). Mine just appear to be "always on" - this includes the instument lights. In fact, I drive at night with my lights in the "off" position 'cause there is no difference between "off" and "on" (except you can't get hibeams in the off position). Do you'all have the same experience??
  • mnaviamnavia Posts: 1
    My dealer quoted $23,ooo (all included-out the door) for a 2001 V40 w/6,000 miles. Can anybody tell me if this would be a good price. It has sun roof, leather and in very good condition. It is difficult to compare prices when there aren't many around to look at. Thanks
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  • gertzgertz Posts: 1
    My sparely driven V40 was recently towed back to the dealer for the second time because it would not start. On the second visit the dealer replaced the battery because of a dead cell.
    At that time I was told I would soon need to replace my rear brake pads, $135, with only 11,500 miles on the car. Outraged, I called Volvo of America and they admitted to brake replacement at about 15,000 miles on this model. They cited superior braking ability and engineer-chosen material. Otherwise they evade any consumer satisfaction, quality control, cost effectiveness, comparisons with other autos. I was alotted a mere 15% discount on the brake bill. Warranty did not cover any brake repairs.
    The dealer admits to no knowledge of this markedly unsatisfactory feature; service departments reap the replacement fees.
    So now I have a new car that will require costly brake pad replacement at a frequency of four times what other autos require.
    The maintenance manual 'suggests' to check brakes every 15,000 miles;it never indicates replacment at designated mileage.
    This devalues the car, makes it an unlikely resale item and make me a very unhappy owner.
    One other flaw is the tail gate panel that wraps midway around the gate. Ours cracked and oxidized from black to gray.
    I am finding other owners with the same brake pad experience and would like to hear from others.
  • apurushapurush Posts: 10
    How much is the cost for the 30k service? I am getting quotes of around $520 in Atlanta, GA.
  • abohligabohlig Posts: 1
    So I stopped by a local dealer today to see if they had any used V40s and the sales manager mentioned he'd "cut me a great deal on a new one, around 20k." So I looked at the cars, which were as follows:

    Silver V40
    - Metallic Paint
    - Sports Premium Package
    - $27,365

    Nautic Blue V40 (test drove)
    - Metallic Paint
    - Premium Plus Package
    - $28,852

    Black V40 (Showroom)
    - Metallic Paint
    - Premium Package
    - $26,395

    Obviously those are all MSRP. I've asked the dealer to send me a quote via email, and he hasn't done so yet. What's the best deal anyone has gotten recently?

  • btonnerbtonner Posts: 1
    I too have noticed marks on the roof of my red v40 from the white dealer tape. I am interested to know if you spoke to the dealer about that. What are they willing to do about it? Anyone else notice the marks on their cars?
  • First, I love my one month old V40. Replaced my '95 Subaru legacy wagon (which I also loved and passed on to family). Fairfax Volvo cleaned the Tape residue off the roof and hood. Gave me a detailed new car for $25K. Not bad. Handles like a dream. It is not underpowered, and is more comfortable and was cheaper than the fully loaded jetta wagon from the same dealer. Volvo 1.9T much smoother than VW 1.8T. Transmission is best I ever owned. So far, SO GOOD.
  • I was wondering if anyone has experienced a pulsing or vibration at around 120 KM/H (65 Miles/hr) or so.

    uneven brake wear?

    I've got 30,000 kms on my v40, but I've only had it for 1 month and have put on about 6500 kms.

    Any feedback appreciated.

  • Well, if it happens when the brakes aren't applied, it's most likely an out-of-balance wheel. Take it to a good tire shop; they can probably diagnose it.
  • wimpiewimpie Posts: 1
    The evolution of the volvo S/V40. BR>
    From 1996 till 2003 with pictures.
  • nwngnwng Posts: 664
    I just check the price on in my area - $20540 for a v40! It is very close to my other choices I've been considering - subie legacy, passat wagon (more expensive). I am not so sure about the reliability of volvo's but given this is an 8 yr old design(and last model year), should they work the bugs out completely?
    Cargo space is fine with me, I don't carry sheets of plywoods, just the regular stuff for 2 kids and I don't go crazy about it. Being in volvosville (Boston), there are plenty of good independent volvo mechanics I can go to for maintenance. And the rear seat comfort part I do not know. Anyone has any suggestions?

  • bb_lhs_2kbb_lhs_2k Posts: 94
    I picked up a 2003 V40 two weeks ago for my wife. I was on the same boat as you. The $4000 dealer incentive which dropped the price of the car almost $5000 off MSRP, was a deal closer for me. I like the Volvo safety that's offered in this car, all kind of air bags and side curtains as well as whiplash preventive front seats.

    As for your question about the rear seat, I tried it and I'm a bit over 6' tall, and my knees didn't touch the front seats(maybe about 2" away).
    And the back seat feels quite comfortable. Although, the whole car seems cramped to me, because I'm used to my car, the LHS, which is huge.

    I've driven the V40 a few times now, and I actually started enjoying it. At first it seemed too stiff and sensitive to me, but after a while I adjusted to the feel, and I like the road feel of the steering. The big surprise I got, was how FAST this car is. It's turbo charged and it's light, so it zooms and wants to keep going, but fortunately, it also has the BEST brakes I have ever seen. This car stops on a dime. And because of this, the brake pads are designed softer than usual, and they tend to wear faster than expected, which need replacing every 15-20k miles. And the complaint I have so far, is the mess of brake dust on the wheels. It's unbelievable how much dust accumulates on there. I guess it's the price to pay in order to have really Excellent Brakes.

    On a final note, I think the price you quoted doesn't include any packages, which would be impossible to find (I think). You might have to add $1000-$3000 for a Sports Package or Premium Package with possibly a Climate Package.

    Good Luck!
  • nwngnwng Posts: 664
    $1k or more for an additional pkg is okay with me. If you look around for a small wagon, there are not that many choices to start with. If equipped similarly, I think the price is on par with the legacy (4cyl) and passat(4cyl), and that is why it looks so attractive now.

    btw, this car will be for my wife too. Unlike you, I'll be taking over her current car - corolla.
  • mbfjackmbfjack Posts: 23
    I'm surprised there are not a lot of discussions on the 2003 V40. I'm in Europe, but will soon go to the US, and am undecided between this wagon, the VW GLS V6 Passat Wagon, and the '03 Honda Accord EX V6.
    I am a Honda owner, so my first instinct is Honda. It's a shame Honda doesn't make a wagon in the US. I think in the long run, it would be more practical to have a wagon. I like the Passat a lot, even though it's too pricy, and I'm concerned with reliability and premium fuel. The 2003 Volvo V40 I like a lot. I drove a new silver metallic V40 for a month here in Europe last Summer, and I loved it. My only concern is that in the US, all that is offered is Automatic transmission, whereas I drove a MT, and enjoyed that much more. The Passat GLS has the option of V6 (I like the extra power) and MT, but the Accord doesn't in V6. Still have to test drive the Passat and the Accord.
    As you can see, I am very confused... Amidst all this, what I really value is longevity in a quality car (I've had my Honda for almost 9 years, and no problems). I also value performance, comfort, and safety. My only problem with AT is less control to enjoy.
    Question: how is the Volvo maintenance services in the US??
  • bb_lhs_2kbb_lhs_2k Posts: 94
    Like I wrote in my earlier post, I was also undecided between a couple of other wagons (the passat included), and I decided on the Volvo V40. The price was great, and there were too many mechanical issues with the Passat. The thing is that the V40 is not popular at all here in the U.S., you hardly see any on the road. And the problems I read about are the engine light coming on, which is caused by various non-serious things. And the brake pads need replacing often. Other than that, no serious problems. Unfortunately, it doesn't come in manual transmisison here.
    As for Service, it really depends on the dealers. And most dealers for any brand car, don't seem to care enough, I think.

    Good Luck.
  • mbfjackmbfjack Posts: 23
    Thanks for your advice. From what you're saying, I am more and more convinced that the Passat might be out of question, especially after reading all the stuff here on the VW boards.
    I also agree with you, that dealers don't seem to care much about customers after the "buy". My experience has been long long waits, just for oil changes, for instance, even after you make an appointment.
    Since you own a V40, what are your overall experiences with it (hopefully you haven't had the problems you have read about), how long have you had it, and what is the response of the 4-cylinder engine with an automatic transmission? Did you get any of the options, like climate and premium packages??
    Sorry about all the questions. I'm just trying to get the most information in order to make a decision.
    Thank you.
    I'm surprised you don't see many V40s in the States. Here they are abundant.
  • bb_lhs_2kbb_lhs_2k Posts: 94
    Well, we picked up a dark blue V40, with the Sports Package and the Climate Package, upgraded stereo and a Moonroof. We've had it for about 3 weeks now, and have put on it a little over 200 miles. Definitely, not enough experience or time to judge if something is going to break. But the car drives great. The pick-up is terrific and handling is really nice. I also like the way the tranny shifts, no harsh bumps or hesitation. I remember my LHS, when it was new, had some hesitation and quite a few bangs in the transmission until I passed 1000 miles on the car.

    The V40 is not a luxury car, it's kind of noisy (road noise more than engine noise, but maybe the tires have something to do with it), and you definitely feel the road, not too cushioned. But that's exactly what this little car was designed to drive and feel like.

    So far, I have'nt experienced any of the problems that I read about, and hopefully it will stay that way. I'm pretty confident that by now, Volvo has worked out most of the bugs on this model, it's been around for quite a few years now.

    Hope this helps, and by the way, where are you that you see so many V40s.
  • sully242sully242 Posts: 7
    That's one of the nice things about owning this vehicle; they're not a dime a dozen. Great car. Great price ($4,000 under invoice - not MSRP)!
  • mbfjackmbfjack Posts: 23
    So many V40s in Portugal!! And as you probably know, here in Europe, there are hardly any automatics. So, all of them are MT. I have also seen a Titanium gray color here that the US Volvo website doesn't list. Also, here you have a choice of 9 engines, ranging from 102 to 200 HP, gasoline or diesel, etc. But the prices here in Portugal are too steep. There are always some little drawbacks.
    Somebody was telling me about the overseas delivery program from the US: pick up the car in Gothenburg, Sweden, then drive it to one of the 21 drop-off points, like Paris or Madrid (that would be closer for me), and ship it to the US, and all this with trips paid, no shipping costs, and cost of the car amounts to 10% less than buying it the US. I don't know. I guess it's something to ponder.
    I don't remember too much road noise when I drove one last summer. What kind, and what brand of tires did they sell with your V40??
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