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Volvo V40 - Information & Experiences



  • Yes, I have the same problem. Occurred in the 3rd winter. Will get replaced under extended warranty. Sure looks like poor design.
  • My daughter's 2000 V40 is making a fan like noise that will not turn off after turning engine off.
     I finally had to disconnect the battery.
    The noise appears to come from the left front end, behind the head light.
      If any body knows the reason and solution I would greatly appreciate it...
                          sincerely, frustrated
  • volvononovolvonono Posts: 1
    Replaced the brakes at 22K miles...I DON't ride on the brakes.

    Replaced front bulbs at 25K

    front strut needs to be replaced...

    What a piece of junk.
  • Same with me except I have 11 months of hard time left on my lease and hope that the second set of new brakes will last that last 8000 Miles before Its returned to the rightful owners.

    Same issue with head light bulbs blowing out and cost $20 per. Also rear bulbs blown out and replaced.

    Factory tires are criminal as they wore out after 24000 miles and are unsafe due to side wall flex.

    I will celebrate when this lease is done and expect Volvo to hose me at the end with closing fees.

    I would not buy the new volvo V50 if you paid me due to the more than likely costly issues ahead. Read the early posts which were all positive and now see the truth come out.

    Good luck. Volvo get a life!

  • I am ready to lease a new s-40. Is there anyone who can say anything posative about this model?
  • Don't use the brakes andy you'll be fine. :>)

    Other than that V40 and S40s are nice to drive.

    Get a Nissan or something reliable is my recommendation.

  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Actually he was asking about the new car, not the old one.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Hi bigmax. Since this is the V40 discussion (focused on the wagon), you probably want to check in at the Sedans Board for discussions on the S40 sedan.

    Smart Shopper and Wagons Message Boards
  • www1www1 Posts: 1
    OK, sounds these cars are nightmares... I'm looking at a 2003 V40 with 29K miles and leather. Seems like a nice car. I can buy it for $15K. Should I stay away from it?
  • www1

    Ask one question of Volvo (Ford).

    Do you warrantee the brakes? Go from there.

    This will be the first question I would ask in buying any Volvo. Expect the same answer and the same results.

    Near great cars with no brake life.

    I guess Volvos slogan should be.

    "Volvo for no brake life". heh heh heh (so bad you have to laugh)

    Low reliability cars with high maintenance costs.


    RGMurphy P.Eng
  • j_ninej_nine Posts: 1
    Hi, I have a 2002 v40 with similar problems. In fact, my speakers gave out within the first 2 months of car ownership. I had them replaced by the dealer after having someone crawl around my car to listen closely to my speakers for 20 minutes. I mostly listen to npr so, there is no explanation for the poor quality other than shoddy equipment. Good luck!
  • Returned the V40 on Dec. 1. This after having more trouble with rearview mirror, crankshaft position sensor (poor/no starting), fuel pump (poor starting), the ongoing transmission trouble etc. etc. "Volvo for Life" is over for me, sure does feel like it.

    Summary: a hoot to drive, gas miser, maintenance too expensive (brakes, e.g.), very unreliable (3 tows in 4 yrs), no value for money; must have backup car if you live in the boonies.

    Anyway, done and over. Yappadappadoo.


    See also message 148
  • Have wanted a V40 since I first drove one but due to poor ratings, have stayed away. 2004 V40 did best of any. Am due to replace my old Subaru Outback and considering a 2004 V40 ONLY.

    Can anyone speak to whether the 2004's have the same brake/light/plastic/random problems I have read about repeatedly here??? Consumer reports gave good ratings to it but who knows...

    Any 2004 owners out there?
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    The 2004 V40's were fine cars, no light problems.

    The brake issue isn't a defect but rather a side effect of the brake design.
    The V40's brakes are smaller than any other Volvo's. In order to assure safe stopping more work is done by the rear brakes than in any other Volvo. Consequently, the brake pads tend to wear out sooner. Also, since the rotors cannot be turned they also have to be replaced sooner rather than later.
    If the extra maintenance on the 40 series brakes bothers you you might want to consider the V50 instead.
  • Appreciate the reply and the explanation for brakes. Hard to know if it will bother me. Any idea how often and how much we're talking about with regard to brake servicing?

    Other than that, anything I should know or realize if buying? Competing vehicles are 2003 LL Bean Outback or new 2005 Outback XT Ltd. Have always had a soft spot for V40 but don't want to make a decision I'll regret. Husband who is SUPER practical will get to say "I told you so"... ;-)
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    How often is dependent on driving habits.
    Could be every 10-15,000 miles or every 30-40,000 miles.
    Now, if you are also looking new, the V50 bears looking at. Much nicer car than the V40 IMO.
  • msonniermsonnier Posts: 1
    did you ever find an answer, i'm going thru the same experience
  • mugster1mugster1 Posts: 34
    Wonder if anyone else has had trouble with their steering wheel pealing/ bubbling

    I own a 2004 V40 and the dealer advise me that it must have been by a ring ?
  • skthomskthom Posts: 1
    No peeling steering wheel on our 40K mile 2003.

    We have also had the rear brakes replaced at 15K and my wife has been complaining of occasional weird shifting that the dealer claims to not be able to reproduce.

    The brake thing doesn't bother me, but I wish the "stealer" would own up to the tranny thing before our warranty is up.

    We really love the care otherwise and plan on driving it for a long time.
  • pixelpixel Posts: 1
    I'm going on 4 years with my V40, and I love it. My front brake pads wore out at 15K, but I replaced them with Mintex pads and they have been going strong for 20K miles with no sign of giving up yet. The only problem I have had with the car was a transmission problem - would seem to get stuck between 3rd and 4th on the upshift for a moment, and then lurch to where it was supposed to be. Volvo reproduced the problem and replaced my transmission for me (at 25Kmiles). No problem since. I love the way the car drives, and I hope it runs forever. Other than standard maintenance issues, like oil, brakes, tires, and headlamps, my v40 is a gem...
  • llgllg Posts: 1
    i have a 2004 v40 lse and my steering wheel bubbled and peeled at about 23,000 miles
    it was covered under warranty, thank goodness.
  • Here's a new V40 problem. Mine is a 2000 model year. My turbo cuts out unexpectedly - I'm told that it's the camshaft valve that gets stuck ($200 to fix). And without the turbo, it can feel like you're pulling a trailer. My local newspaper in Colorado states that the NHTSA is investigating this problem in Volvos. Does anyone else have this problem? It throws a "check engine" code - P0013 on my scanner.
  • I'm looking at a 2000 V40 tonight and I've tried to do all the research I can. It's a great price and has just had a brake job. Any thoughts/advice on this?
  • I bought the same year V40 new 5 1/2 years ago. Look at message 159 for my latest problem. If I could do it again, I would have bought a Subaru, Toyota, or Honda. Yes, the car is fun to drive, but it's higher maintenance than other makes. If you're good with cars, own an OBD II scanner, and don't mind tinkering with the car from time to time, it may be fun to own. If not, I'd look elsewhere.
  • I have a 2004 V40 and just recently noticed that the gear shift panel does not illuminate (P, R, N, D, etc..) and it makes it very difficult to see at night when I'm trying to put my car into gear. I hardly drive at night which explains why I probably never noticed this before. My dimmer knob it set at the highest setting. In addition, I also noticed that the the radio control indicators above the knobs are also not illuminated.

    I'm wondering if this is how the car is supposed to be or if I need to take this in to the dealer for repair.

    To be honest, I don't particularly like going to the dealer because they have a way of dimissing small problems and making me feel like I don't know what I'm talking about!

    Any input about a similar problem would be most appreciated!
  • cczccz Posts: 1
    Good idea if you want to know all the Volvo mechanics on a first name basis and you'd rather spend $500 a month on repairs than on a new car payment. :lemon:
  • I have a 2004 V40 with 38k miles on it. I have had many of the problems people here have been talking about. Here is my list:

    -The leather on the steering wheel just started bubbling and peeling away. Took the car to Volvo and they replaced the steering wheel.

    -The leather on the seats is wearing away also and I predict that I will be forced to either have the seat re-upholstered or buy a new seat by next year.

    -The paint is not very resistant to nicks and dings... or the clear coat is of low quality. I have a 97 4Runner with over 150k miles on it and it does not have near to the amount of nicks in the paint as the 1 year old Volvo does.

    -When first starting the car in the morning (I park my car in the garage every night) The breaks barely work. The first time this happened I took it into our dealer and they said they could not find a problem. The problem still persists. I have found there is a 'RECALL' for this exact same problem.

    -For some reason, at various times, the steering wheel shakes/shimmies. Does not appear to be out of alignment. When I let go of the wheel the car maintains a straight path. Feels like the front end is shaking or almost like the engine is working very hard.

    -The head lights have both been hit by rocks and at near to $500 a light... I can not really afford that, waiting for one to end up in a junk yard or 3rd party light. I did find that Volvo sells a plastic cover for the lights to help protect them from this. If your lights are still in crack free, you might want to rush out and by these 'sticker' type covers. I am hoping for some kind of after market hard plastic cover someday.

    -I live in a wet area (Olympia, WA)and taking off on a hill, the front end slides out. I have not predicted a time when using the 'W' button in advance before starting off and spinning tires on the street. Also if the road is just a bit wet or even slippery, the front end will give out and so far I've managed to gain control before crashing (so now we drive very carefully in these situations)

    -I have one break light that keeps burning out. I burned out my first one after three months; Volvo replaced it and checked the electrical. Good to go until about 7 months of ownership. Took it to Volvo, replaced it, good to go. Now at 13 months of ownership the light that says my break light is going out goes on occasionally. But the break light is good. I don't understand.

    -There was this plastic piece that sits on the end of track that the seat slides back and forth on. It fell off and I guess it broke off. That was after 2 months of ownership. I think they ordered a new one?

    -I was disappointed that I was not notified of the recalls to my vehicle. I will call the number on Monday.

    -One of the rear seat belts is having a problem at the buckle. 3 out of 5 attempts to insert the belt into the buckle results in a fail to secure.

    -The dealer in Fife, Wa. has always been excellent. But the dealer in Olympia (which has won all kinds of awards for customer satisfaction) has been miserable and unfriendly. I agree with an earlier post that if you are unhappy with one dealer go to another. I drive a good 40 miles to go to the Fife dealer where the Olympia dealer is about 10 miles away.

    -Fuel Economy is also decreasing, the trip meter says I am getting from 28 to 32. But on paper, it is closer to 18 to 24. Normal Driving. I have been on time with every service interval.

    -The factory radio is dangerous while driving because you MUST look (not just a quick glance) at it when making adjustments.

    -The 12 Volt DC receptacle can only handle 20Amps and I wish it could handle 30Amps so I could plug in 30Amp DC to AC converter that I bought from Radio Shack. AND I can not find one that is less than 30Amps

    -Some times the door locks on the car just open. And other times, the rear door locks will not open with-out pushing the lock and unlock and lock and unlock sequence on the button.

    -The plastic on the key is breaking over the buttons.

    At times I like the car and at times I don't. I did like it when I drove it off the lot, but a little over year later, I am not very happy with my choice. If the car was 5 years old, then I would be more understanding; thinking wear and tear. I don't think I will be buy another Volvo... Nor am I recommending them when people ask me my opinion. I tell them my experience with my V40. I admit I mostly bought the car based on Volvo's reputation and I am disappointed.

    I understand this is a long entry. I contemplate daily now if it will be worth the effort writing to Volvo expressing my experiences, disappointment, and troubles I have had with my V40. This blog came in handy in clearing my thoughts. AND this is my own account with my V40 that cost me $28K (A lot of money for me).

    I have been very satisfied with the service I have received from the Volvo Dealer in Fife, and this next visit will be the first time I will have to pay.

    Enough for now...

    Perhaps after next week when I take my car to the dealer and get ready to fork over the big bucks for a one year old car for things that normally don't go wrong on a one year old car with 38K miles on it, I will post the results here.
  • is there a way to get the code for the reason that the check engine light is coming on without going to a mechanic
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Not really.
    You could buy an obd-II reader and pull the code. There are some universal codes, but alot are Volvo specific.
    Some auto parts places will pull the code for you free of charge.
    You would still have to have a mechanic correct whatever is wrong
  • merckxmerckx Posts: 565
    As I recently lert a long-term career as an educator to become a Volvo sales consulant,i of course found your post disconcerting.

    I have always felt that none of the European brands are as reliable as perhaps one would hope. My own experience with a VW and an Opel(Catera) bear this out. European cars just seem to have a desireabitity that the Japanese brands lack. And Volvo is no different...I don't own one yet(just two months into this),but the cars do strike me very favorably. Ergonomically they seem perfect....And I do believe they are the safest brand on the road. And I can believe that they might have many niggling problems such as you have reported....They do seem very durable all the same...I've seem many recently pushing 250,000 miles.....
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