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Volvo S40



  • sicily3sicily3 Posts: 2
    Have a 1998 s40t euro type am I Sicily ... they replace parts until problem go away.
    Turn key nothing, wait turn key off car will start. Have valet key only no bob key. Starter has been replaced. Broken wire on immoblizer has been repaired, has been a on going problem for 12 mo. Does anyone have a idea where to start. These guys don't seem to have a clue what to ck out to find the problem. Thank you anyone for your help
  • rapidrickrapidrick Posts: 70
    edited April 2010
    I'm addressing the comment a while back about the Mazda 3 and the Volvo "essentially" being the same car.

    Folks over at the Mazda forum will buy that drivel, not here.

    Same platform does not mean "essentially" the same car--do your homework.

    I'll agree the Mazda might be more reliable, cheaper to maintain and drive, and perfect for folks who are comfortable driving a lemming car that will allow them to see themselves coming and going. That said, I really like the look of Mazdas.

    If you want a comfortable, safe, unique, quiet euro car that will set you apart from the crowd, you'll pay more for the Volvo. If not, cheaper Japanese cars are perfect for the millions of "Consumer Reports Is Gospel and they help me justify driving a cheaper car" lemmings.

    Just my opinion, of course... :shades:
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 4,282
    The seats in all the 240's I test drove had seats no better than my current Civic or the wife's Mazda...only reason it's not in my garage now. I drove '06's, '07's, '08's & '09's. Definitely not worth the $ premium they charge. With all my spinal issues of late, I would've known within a few minutes if the seats were far superior...they were just the same. The Hyundai Sonata had much better seats than the S40 hands down...and I drove these cars back to back.

    Bottom line, keeping what I got and hopefully the wife will be buying a power seated car in 2011.

    The Sandman :sick: :shades:

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf TSI (me) / 2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1) / 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • mfragusmfragus Posts: 1
    I don't have a manual and I need to replace my headlight bulb. How do you do this?
  • belle7478belle7478 Posts: 6
    Go to the Volvo web site and you can view and/or download the manual as a pdf file.
  • Hi, I have S40 and I'm having this problem now. Did you ever find a solution to this problem?
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,042
    Hi cassandra,
    The message you're responding to is 5 years old, so i suspect that person has fixed the vehicle or sold it by now. Since that message is pretty far back, you might have better luck posting the details of the problem you're experiencing, so that current owners might be able to help.


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  • I have a 2008 V50 with 24K miles on it and want to know if anyone out there is experiencing this problem:

    Traveling no faster than 50mph on a typical NYC highway, the car floats across like a 1969 Buick with no control and bouncing from side to side. The ride is totally uncomfortable even on suburban roads out on LI. I have brought it to the dealer and of course they cannot find anything wrong. I want to get rid of this car, if I cannot get it fixed, it is dangerous and as a former V40 owner, not the norm. Any suggestions?
  • vwdawgvwdawg Posts: 162
    sofienyc: WHOA! This does sound dangerous, not only to yourself but to other drivers on the road. The dealer's tech appears to be either an idiot or totally incompetent...get a SECOND OPINION! In other words, FIRST seek out another dealer in your area (this should be warranty stuff), or if no results there, a qualified independent shop that knows Volvo suspensions (keep your receipt for warranty reimbursement from Volvo). It would be tragic to dump an otherwise fine vehicle just because a dealer doesn't know what's going on. Keep it, but get the right person to fix it! volvophile/vwdawg
  • jrb13jrb13 Posts: 1
    edited September 2010
    I have a 2006 Volvo s40 with no valet keys. I have the remotes, but no valet keys for either. I suppose the dealer has to make these (i didn't buy from the dealer). How much should I expect to pay to have these made? Thanks Joe
  • It's only an uncut blank so your local Volvo dealer should sell it reasonably cheap...unlike the remote key that is VERY expensive.
  • If you leave the ignition on for two hours won't that kill the new battery?
  • Why are you using 87 Octane? The Volvo S40 manual specifically states to use 91 Octane or better with detergents. That means you must use the ultra premium gas (most expensive) when fueling the car.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 4,282
    My mechanic actually told me not to buy the S40 when I had the bug due to the reliability/parts potential problems. He said after my Civic, it would be a no-brainer to even consider such a foolish proposal. Sure, they look cool and drive o k, the downside just wasn't worth the unknown, and the wife thought I was just "plum out of my mind to even consider something so foolish"! At the end of the day, did nothing & real happy I listened. The change in my driving habits & our life in general made keeping the course already plotted to be the smart move after all. The Civic has been absolutely flawless in the reliability aspect & it gets me where I need to be...not as much fun as a BMW or MB, but it gets the job done. And I know it'll last another 7 or 8 years as things stand now if need be.

    So all is good & I can come in to Edmunds and live vicariously through the purchases all my Edmunds buddies make. Also I get the local car rag on a weekly basis so I can look at all the possibilities out there if in fact I ever get a bug to "just do it" sometime down the road. All the planets would need to be aligned correctly but could happen! So I dream & lurk, the best of both worlds! :)

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf TSI (me) / 2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1) / 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • danp1010danp1010 Posts: 3
    Guys, I am ready to buy a car, and I was thinking about few years old Volvo S40 (06-07). Any tips and suggestions would be great. Is it worth to spend around 12-13k for few years old volvo S40? Please help me, I don't want to make a costly mistake. What about reliability of 4-5 years old car with 60-70k milage? I know there are many reliable cars like honda, toyota etc, but there is something missing for me, look is also important for me. I don't think I am gonna make more than 15000 miles a year, probably less, but I don't want to spend half of my free time in the mechanic shop :) Also what about costs of parts for volvo S40 (in my case in Chicago, but I don't know if it matters), is it really that much higher than for example japanese cars? Thanks.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,655
    As long as you avoid the dealer, cost of repairs really isn't all that different. As far as value is going to depend on model and options. I do, however, strongly suggest a FWD T5. Volvo's AWD has a fatal flaw that could cost a small fortune to fix, and the 2.5 turbo is an older and quite reliable engine.

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

  • blumsteinblumstein Posts: 38
    One consideration is that it will be very hard to get parts for Japanese cars for quite a while because of their radiation problems. Once the supply line starts up, they'll have to use parts for new cars as well as replacement parts. I don't have any idea how they'll divvy that up, but it may take years to get it back to normal.
  • snead_csnead_c Posts: 64
    My 2006 S40 AWD has been about average for repair issues. A window switch, oil pan sensor (Volvo extended warranty covered) and ignition switch and basic maintenance. Still on original brake pads at 67000. Oil filter replacenent is a PITA but only required every 7500 miles...I use synthetic oil as a precaution. I've had no problems with awd and I like the traction security it provides.
    Volvo parts are not cheap and neither is their service department costs.
    It's a solid, safe, and reasonably trouble free car with mpg ranging 20-31 (high test gas)depending on roads, traffic, and how you drive. When I replace it I'll purchase a second Prius. 50 trouble free mpg on regular is hard to argue with.
  • danp1010danp1010 Posts: 3
    Gentlemen (and ladies),
    So I am a proud owner of black, 2007 Volvo S40, so far so good, can't complain. I had a pleasure to drive similar vehicles before so it is not surprising to me that driving that car gives so much pleasure. If I could I would sleep in that car :) Now hopefully it will last long before I will have to switch to newer model.
    Of course there is a small scratch here and there (the back bumper), the front seat is wear off a bit, but somehow I don't see it when I seat behind the wheel.
    Like the look of this car (very important to me), like the simple interior (I don't want to see milion buttons on my console), even the sound system is ok to me.
    I think I am gonna take it for another ride today...
  • billherrmannbillherrmann Posts: 111
    Any indications from Volvo [or elsewhere] re. changes that are planned for the 2012 model
  • S40 is discontinued for 2012. Sounds like Geely is starting to do some house cleaning.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,655
    That was already in the cards before Geely was in the picture.

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

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