And it gets good fuel mileage. Add to this another electrical failure with in weeks, air conditioner failure in 90 degree weather on a day long drive, a wheel that almost fell off on its own, grinding brakes and you get the idea. The S40 and V40 were essentially the same, the S denoting the sedan model, the V standing for variant or wagon. Gas mileage was good and the car had a solid feel to it when you drove it, handling was okay. Brake issues aside - I have to say that I love this car! Among the new models was the 1997 40 series, made up of the S40 sedan and its V40 wagon variant.
On the way home on the first day, I tested the acceleration. Seems these cars will run forever if you keep the maintenance up to date. It should either be from a Volvo dealer or acknowledged service specialist. Since this is a 1. The rear seats fold down for additional storage space which has been a valuable feature for me.
I opened the hood to replace yet another headlight bulb. Great for family's, a safe feeling to drive and ride. Model year 2000 Year of manufacture 2000 First year of ownership 2007 Most recent year of ownership 2008 Engine and transmission 1. It all began with a new generation of models that were more pleasing to the eye. We've listed all relevant models here. The tailgate latch breaks constantly so you have to use the key to unlock it.
On the highway I average close to 30 mpg, especially when ethanol is not in the gas. Mechanically both models were the same. Needed a front brake job 12,000 miles. It was clearly time to move on. I did have some problems with the headlights in the first year or so - but my dealer addressed the problem quickly and for nothing! The ride is comfortable, and when I was not stressing about the check engine light coming on, I was happy. Volvo wagons are hard habit to break.
Now at 170,000 it is still going strong and much to my delight, my Volvo dealer tells me it's going to keep doing well for at least another 100000. And no, I didn't ignore warning signs. Volvos began to blend in instead of standing out for the wrong reasons. No Review Date: 23rd February, 2003 Faults: Both headlights were burnt out by 10,000 miles. While the shape might not have been recognisable as being traditional Volvo there was no mistaking the trademark grille with its diagonal slash and familiar Volvo badge. He sums up by saying the V40 is a lot of fun for such a practical car.
Negatives include the hard ride, faulty fuel gauge, and poor headlights. Going strong at 122,000 miles. The interior can be upgraded to compete with the. We also have a Nissan, and, while it has far fewer miles on it than the Volvo, we always take the Volvo for road trips. Two days later the check engine light came on again.
The 40 series effectively replaced the oddly styled 440, which had died in sales terms. General Comments: When it is working it runs fine, but with a few quirky rattles, belches, and hesitations. Other than regular tune ups I have I replaced the timing belt, brakes, coils; I also replaced oil with synthetic oil. Yes Review Date: 21st December, 2002 Having read the North American reviews for the 2000 S- and V40, I can relate to some of the negatives, but have to wonder about others. They fix it and it never stays fixed, the dealership blames me for supposedly slamming the door.
I rode her hard and put her in the barn wet. At that point my V40 had 122000 miles. The red paint has started to fade. The body differences were from the rear doors back, the front was the same. The integrated booster seats for kids are a great feature. Yes Review Date: 9th January, 2004 Faults: Within days of purchase I knew the V40 was special, the electrical system blew up while driving.
Last year I had the wheel wells and rocker panels undercoated for rust protection, and had an O2 sensor problem fixed a couple years ago. On the positive side she says it has excellent fuel economy, smooth power, superb handling, powerful brakes, its good sized boot, and solid build quality. There was no lack of features in the 40 series. Even with the new styling direction there was no mistaking the new 40 series as a Volvo. Rear seat belt stuck and we had to cut my child out of it.
Initially there was just the one engine available, and that was a smooth 2. I dont want it to sound like that so im going to fix it when i get the money. It can get out of my unplowed alley in up to about 5 inches of snow but I don't attempt deeper snow after getting it stuck a couple times. The ride was a little solid for what was a family sedan, but the handling was safe and secure, although it exhibited the usual front-wheel drive tendency to push wide at the front when pressed. To be fair, this figure counted an oil change and tune-up which I did not have done. Failure to do so risks severe internal damage if the belt breaks. I only average 3,000 miles per year so haven't had major problems, but several annoying things have popped up.