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Volvo S40 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.9 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 160 hp @ 5100 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 20/29 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2001 Volvo S40

  • Small but loaded with safety equipment, the S40 is, unfortunately, too expensive to compete with the VW Jetta and too small to take on the Acura TL.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Strong complement of safety features, affordable base price, upscale interior.

  • Cons

    No manual transmission offered, lacks sporting intentions, pricing can quickly escalate with optional equipment installed.

  • What's New for 2001

    Only a year after debuting them on U.S. shores, Volvo has updated the S40 and V40 for 2001. Both the sedan and wagon gain additional crash protection in the form of standard head-protection airbags, dual-stage front airbags and a new child seat-safety system. Under the hood, engine improvements have been made to increase power and lower emissions. There's also a new five-speed automatic transmission that takes the place of the previous four-speed. Other changes are found in the cabin, with new material colors, a redesigned center stack for better functionality, more durable front-seat materials and improved switchgear. Rounding out the S40 and V40's 2001 changes are restyled headlights, bumpers and fenders.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 20
  • cty
/
  • 29
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Miss it a lot

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Vehicle: 2001 Volvo S40 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

I bought a 01 s40 with 30k miles on it and NEVER gave me an ounce of trouble. I took very good care of it. The dealers always treated me great when I went in to do major maintenance, such as replace turbo o-rings and timing belt. The dealer prices where not bad at all. It's sad to see so many people had such bad luck with theirs. Unfortunately a year ago my wife fell asleep and flipped it over a couple of times but it's a volvo and her and the kids walked away with only seat belt burns. It had 135k miles on it and ran like it was new. I highly recommend this car to anyone. And not all but most of what I'm reading in other reviews that are "complaints" are wear and tear maintenance items.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Love my s40

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Vehicle: 2001 Volvo S40 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

I bought the car two years ago and it has been a dream. Incredible power and fuel economy. Body is in amazing condition with no rust and it's so much fun to drive.




I was wrong.

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Vehicle: 2001 Volvo S40 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

So here I looked at all these reviews before buying the car, I thought "Man I wonder if these people are right.." But got the car anyway. It's a day later, and already I have to replace all fluids, flush everything, buy a new water pump, and replace the timing belt. The car has been perfectly kept before me, and only has 90,000 miles on it. Yet, I still find myself burning a hole in my pocket. Do Not Get This Car - Or you'll make the same mistake I did.



4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Not too bad so far.

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Vehicle: 2001 Volvo S40 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

I have had a couple issues with the car. I replaced the brakes and rotors when i bought it, but that was my choice. The check engine light is almost always on, but I just ignore it as the car still runs fine and gets great fuel economy without it. I blew a radiator hose a while ago, but that isn't unexpected on a car that is 12. And i blew a brake hose, which also isn't uncommon on a car that is that age, as i have friends with fords, and toyotas, and hondas who have also experienced similar issues. My recommendation is to use high grade fuel when you can, as the car starts really hard and runs rough on regular fuel, and probably contributes to many of the problems others have listed.



4 of 4 people found this review helpful

What a decision

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Vehicle: 2001 Volvo S40 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

So I bought this car two years ago...thought I was getting a good buy but within a month I had problems. First, the service light came on and they told me I needed an oil change. Then the check engine light came on and had to replace and o2 sensor, then the thermastat, now spark plugs and wires, replaced two complete struts, one coil spring, now I am on another o2 sensor and ECT sensor. The check engine light seems to always be on and something seems to always be breaking. Horrible decision, intending on getting rid of it.



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Not a great car

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Vehicle: 2001 Volvo S40 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

I bought the vehicle last year with 62,000 miles on it. Being a Volvo, I thought it was reliable and a great buy. As soon as I pulled out of the lot check engine light went on and brought it back to get the spark plugs fixed. I recently just traded it in and I have had it less than a year! I had to replace brakes, check engine light would not turn off, blown turbo, two ball joints, shocks, and lastly to top it off there was a transmission problem after just four months of having it. Something broke every month and costs were just as much as I bought it for. Got rid of it with 78,000 miles god bless who ever gets one



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Full 2001 Volvo S40 Review

What's New for 2001

Only a year after debuting them on U.S. shores, Volvo has updated the S40 and V40 for 2001. Both the sedan and wagon gain additional crash protection in the form of standard head-protection airbags, dual-stage front airbags and a new child seat-safety system. Under the hood, engine improvements have been made to increase power and lower emissions. There's also a new five-speed automatic transmission that takes the place of the previous four-speed. Other changes are found in the cabin, with new material colors, a redesigned center stack for better functionality, more durable front-seat materials and improved switchgear. Rounding out the S40 and V40's 2001 changes are restyled headlights, bumpers and fenders.

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Talk About The 2001 S40

2001 Volvo S40 Discussions See all Started By

thejman
thejman
11-16-2005
Hi i have a volvo s40 2001 to with 45500 miles on the clock bought it second hand worked fine 2 days later i had the same starting problem as you, then the third day it just would,nt start, towed it t...


josiewhales
josiewhales
02-21-2013
I was considering a 2001 VOLVO S40, 99K mi., $4000, because of past reports of Volvo reliability, but after reading these consumer comments of the same recurring problems have decided to not persue a ...


evilpancakewom
evilpancakewom
10-16-1999
Volvo is planning to replace the Volvo S40...



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