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I ordered my car new following the launch at the preceding Frankfurt Motor Show. Protracted delivery period meant I used two other equivalent models as courtesy loans opending completion of my own one.
I had problems on all three with the electronic parking brake - there being no advice in the manual how to use these, which are more common now, it was hazardous relying only on pulling it on. No problems once I'd had it explained about firmly depressing brake pedal before pulling handbrake on.
I had problems on all three due to the screen wash reservoir being made in two parts which leaked at the join, effectively halving the quantity it held, the surplus leaking out under the car.
Other than the above the only slight worry has been the recent onset of delamination of the exposed edges of the windscreen. The affected area totals about 2 sq cms but hasn't appeared to increase over the past year.
Servicing is expensive for me as I have had it fully serviced each year even though it has only done about 21,000 miles. The real cost of that servicing would not have been much greater had I been using it for 20,000 miles per year!
A design. Diesel engine noise is well controlled, but at tick over it is obviously a diesel. The level of interior comfort is very good and the heated leather front seats excellent. I think the ignition switch is very awkwardly placed directly behind the steering wheel stork which controls the lighting. It can be awkward to get the key into the switch. Another uncomfortable feature is the positioning of the hand brake lever near to the passenger seat rather than close to the left side of the driver's seat. This has two consequences. If one goes to use the lever quickly ones hand tends, automatically, to fall where one expects the lever to be and so misses the lever. Also, when applying or releasing the brake ones hand tends to get brush on the passenger's clothing. I find this distracting. Although when pushed a little the car has very adequate performance at lower revs there is noticeable turbo lag in each gear. Steering is light and well geared showing some under steer, but not too much.
Altogether a very nice package.
Driven 90k miles in 5 years - mixed conditions, both frequent motorway runs & local journey's to and from work. Car only let me down once in that period when the AA came to my rescue. Performance is still very good. Obtaining 56mpg (diesel)and I don't consider myself to be a slow driver, just not heavy on the right foot when pulling away from junctions or lights etc. The torque of the engine is impressive. Able to stick the car into 5th gear and not need to change down, even when driving as low as 30mph. The car still pulls away smoothly in the 5th. Also very good in the 40 - 60 mph range, picking up speed impressively to overtake slower vehicles. All the electrics work properly. Car sounds like a London bus when starting cold in a morning, but it always did. Have purchased 4 Volvo's previously and likely to buy the same again. I'm not really interested in cars, just want to get in, turn the key and know that it will get me to where I want to go. Hence not a lot more that I can say.
My car is just over 6 years old and done less than 29,000 miles. I have it service regularly albeit now not through a Volvo dealership, basically due to the nearest being approx 20 miles away. The garage that. I use has got a really good reputation and has had several awards.
Within the last 8 months I have had to replace the alternator, ok sometime this happens so. I accept that, now though within the last few weeks I. Have had to have the clutch replaced, surely I. Shouldn't need to replace the clutch with so little mileage.
I did contact Volvo to see if they would contribute anything towards the cost of a replacement clutch, they refused due to the car not having had it's last service at one of their dealerships, they also wanted over £1100 to replace the clutch
I ended up going to a clutch and gearbox specialist to have the clutch fitted.
I have owned several Volvo's but I'm afraid this will be the last, to me the reliability and customer service has gone.
Compared to competitors the Volvo comes packed with features as standard. Value for money is high on the agenda and they don't fall short. If you're looking for economy, the diesel version easily delivers 60 to 64 mpg while maintaining good progress. No problems with reliability and service and repair costs are reasonable. Inside, the comfort levels are high, there's plenty of leg room and the controls are easy and intuitive. Plenty of room in the boot though the opening is a little restricted. The body shape and styling looks good and hasn't really dated despite the current trend for droopy noses and cut off rear ends. If you're looking for quality, reliability and something that doesn't sit in 8 out of 10 drives in the area then give this a try.
I've had my S40 since new, and apart from a spell during which all of the springs needed replacing (one of them twice), along with 2 suspension struts, it has been very reliable. It's not the most engaging drive, but it's comfortable, relatively quiet, and is particularly relaxing to drive at motorway cruising speeds. The bodywork has remained rust free, and the leather interior is almost as good as new.
Overall it's been a good buy, and despite the suspension problems I have enjoyed owning this car.
I feel very safe in my Volvo and find it a very steady and rather sedate car to drive which suits me at age 71. It has plenty of room for my friends and a very comfortable seat for me. Like nearly all cars it is designed mostly for men who are taller, I am 5 feet 2 inches, if I adjust the seat height too much I have problem reaching the pedals. This applies to all cars I have tried and tested. I find it easy to manoeuvre and park and enjoy driving it.
Ipurchased the car on the 26th November I immediately drove it to my home 180 miles away it was a comfortable and easy drive. Today 3rd December I had it completely checked by my garage to ascertain if there were any faults. The result was you will require new rear brake pads in the near future
Ap-art from that the car was in an excellent condition thankyou.Running costs and performance to early to give a full and accurate answer
I like my Volvo for its safety factors. It drives well and comfortably and holds the road well. It accelerates well when necessary. It is a bit expensive on the petrol use but the on board computer helps me to try and get the best miles per gallon by driving as well as I can. I feel very safe driving my Volvo and it is very comfortable and has plenty of power for my style of driving.
good mileage, 500 miles per tank 45 litres
Handles well. Lots of pick up speed.
Terrible lights, at night really need full beam to be able really to drive safely
Front seats rather narrow. Hand brake gets in the way if there is a passenger
Very safe, reliable, comfortable except for head rest which is awkward for shorter people, sleek aerial.
Love the cruise control
The Eco element of this car makes for a very small power band, but if kept within the band can drive well.
It does not achieve anything like the claimed 80mpg but still returns a reasonable 50mpg.
It is a very comfortable car, but is limited in rear and boot accessibility.
Controls and dials are very clearly marked and easy to use.
Owned the car for 18 months initially there were issues with the electrics windows wouldn't open/close central locking would work intermittently and warning lights would come on for no reason. Once fixed (Not cheap) the car has been a pleasure to drive £105 a year road tax and well over 50mpg so cheap to run as well.
This is my first Volvo automobile and I was pleasantly surprised at how sporty the performance is, particularly when accelerating. The turbo kicks in immediately without any lag. Gear changes are crisp and quick. Comfort is excellent and the various controls are all close at hand.
The s40 is well built,durable,safe and comfortable and has proved totally reliable.
The bad points are generally minor,such as imprecise steering,average ride and handling and gear selection,but for the money I paid for it £4995 it has been a superb buy.
Has proven to be an extremely comfortable and reliable car. The mileage return is rather on the poor side and the engine requires to be worked hard to obtain good driving experience. Overall have been well pleased with ownership of the S40.
Overall A good reliable vehicle, if a little heavy on fuel compared to some other cars of similar engine capacity. Also, With the air-con on i)the fuel consumption increases AND ii)the left indicator wont cancel by itself after turning!
Generally comfortable and reliable. However,it is less fuel-efficient than I would like and I would much prefer an automatic version. For the future I can see no excuse for continuing to drive a car which is fossil fuel dependent.
Safe, good car to drive. Very expensive services and not very interested dealers.
Would not buy diesel again given price of diesel petrol.
Expensive to buy, poor resale value.
Permanent lights on an excellent idea.
Having purchased a volvo I am extreamly satisfied with the overall comfort relibility and running costs of this car a s40 d5 2400cc diesel and would happily keep it for as long as possible
Having been a loyal british car driver eg rover/leyland etc and experience good winter driving , did expect better response in bad weather. volvo seems to struggle in snow,