I've never been one to write car reviews, always sort of thought they are all the same enough that while you might have problems, they aren't too bad. Then I bought a 2000 Volvo S40 "Certified Pre-Owned." The problems started early on......the wonderful headlight problem. Volvo knows there was a problem was this, the resistor wasn't built into the car properly, and they issued a "Service Bulletin" on it. Amazingly, "Service Bulletins" aren't covered under the Certified Pre-Owned warranty. So after burning through 3 sets of Pep Boys headlights in 1 month, I called up Volvo to make an appt. to get my S40's problem fixed. I thought since I even had the Service Bulletin, it would be easy
Electrical system is a disaster, headlights burn through like water, brakes go out in 8,000 miles, Brakes thump, suspension is garbage
Paint on the hood and roof looks like someone took a brillo pad to it. It is starting to bubble and peel, and has been garage kept and very rarely driven. Plastic molding strips along the rear window have popped out and even the dealership can't get them back in. Brakes went out once, and are on the way out now. Turbo replaced once, the interior design is horrible. Adjusting the seat angle by turning a knob, what's that about? The cup holder over the radio is another craptacular design that I could do with out. Thank God this isn't my car and I'm only driving it till my 91 trans am is out of the transmission shop.
Climate control works awesomely.
Stop letting the Ford bean counters sacrifice quality.
I bought the car in April of 2002 with 24K and have kept a log and records back to when it rolled of the lot new: 13,001 Miles replaced center caps on wheels; brake warning light on; 14,859 Check Engine light on; Headlight burned out; 20,258 Check engine light on; engine sluggish; brake pads replaced; 24,833 Check engine light on; center caps missing; engine mounts replaced; 24,920 Check engine light on; 25,279 PNP switch replaced; 27,231 replaced vac pump relay; 35,140 left and right front strut bearings replaced; 36,390 Battery replaced; 38,052 New Brake Pads; 42,931 shock absorber/strut replaced; 44,534 vacuum pump; 48,825 coolant sensor & turbo oil return line leaking.
I like having the Turbo as the car is zippy around town. The car is fun to drive.
2000 was the first year for this car in the US. I know that they have made fixes to many of the problems I had or am having in the later models. Improvements to the issues above would be nice.
This car has an excellent response when
speed and acceleration is needed. I
have put this car at 137 MPH on
Alligator Alley and it could have still
kept going a tad more had I not cought
up with traffic. Getting to 130 MPH is
a breeze. Need a stretch to get to the
137 I put it to. Acceleration is very
good. I have left more than 1 BMW 325
asking for a second chance. Response
from mid speeds is also superb. The
interior is suprisingly comfortable. It
looks smaller outside but feels large
inside, even in the backseets.It is
more roomy than the A4 by far. The
trunk is very generous as well. The car
has had no problems, just regular
service and it has 56,000 miles. Best
car in its league.
Power, handling, Fun to drive and the
luxury of any Mercedes in its class.
Would like power window buttons not
only at the center for front driver but
also on the door armrest. GPS would be
nice. 16" wheels instead of the
standadard 15" would improve handling
on tight corners for those who really
put the cars to the test regularly.
I wanted a Volvo since I was a kid and
was quite surprised when I got
financed into an S40 at agreeable
terms. The maintenance schedule is a
little high, I must admit, but in my
opinion it's worth it. In one year,
I've put about 20,500 miles on the
car. (This will go down as I moved
closer to the city). Very comfortable,
very solid, and fun to drive. Like it
a lot but will upgrade to a station
wagon (V70)when I can.
Strong, sturdy feel. Sport mode makes
driving it even more fun and exciting.
Gray leather interior with wooden-
colored trim is gorgeous!
Cupholder above CD player...??? Brake
dust can be bad, control layout
improved on recent models, not perfect
for 2000 (most minor complaint).