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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Miss it a lot
By prodigy1 on 10/10/13 11:08 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

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.
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Love my S40
By bbqbandit on 04/20/13 17:36 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

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.
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I was wrong.
By irunthis19 on 12/19/12 15:08 PM (PST)

Vehicle

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

Review

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.
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Not too bad so far.
By kdooms94 on 05/03/12 12:06 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

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.
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful
what a decision
By mkoh55 on 03/14/12 12:52 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

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.
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Not a great car
By awree5 on 03/01/12 16:10 PM (PST)

Vehicle

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

Review

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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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Never Again...
By Car Owner on 09/15/10 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

Can't even begin to tell you how many problems I've had. Bought at 91k miles, now at 100k. Within this time have had the tensioner, timing belt, motor mounts, alternator, brakes, spark plugs, coils, pressure valve, and some other hose replaced. Would love to buy a newer car, but can't get approved so I pay the costs to fix this POS. Don't buy this car. Has been in and out of the shop every month for the past six months. COstly to fix.
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Holy Cow, Where do I start.
By Grant on 07/13/10 13:39 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

I saw many of the reviews on this site and said OMG, I have had the same problems. I got this car to go back and forth to college, boy it was a nightmare. OK we will go down the list. Sunroof needed to be replace upon driving it off the lot (sunroof leaked in water), suspension has a lot of noise, Check engine light comes on when it wants, AC comes on when it wants and doesn't work at intermediate speeds, constantly replacement of bulbs (especially headlights, twice a year and they are not cheap), paint chips easy, turbo line leaked causing a oil leak, constantly replacement of brake pads and rotors, poor braking, AWFUL Fuel economy (around 17 MPG) continues below in improvements section*
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Fair
By 06mcastle on 06/03/10 14:00 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

I chose a Volvo because it's a luxury vehicle, but it's just fair. I haven't had any mechanical problems so it has been nice that way. The fuel pump is going out, so it will need to be replaced soon though. It is very costly to maintain or repair though. It requires a higher grade of gas, and synthetic oil, and a special oil filter size, most cars have one size, but not this one. It doesn't get as good of mileage as I was hoping, on the road it only gets about 28, in town it gets 25. There is a lot of road noise, but can be drowned out with the stereo. I wouldn't recommend this car to financial struggling people, but if you have extra dough, go for it.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Never Again
By RPF on 10/27/09 11:56 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

I'll be honest, it IS fun to drive when everything is working properly, however that's rare... Check engine light seems to be a continuously-on feature, parts are expensive and it's never an easily diagnosable fix. Sensors are waaaay to temperamental. The car was bucking like crazy when I put anything other than the over-priced Volvo plugs in it. Climate controls work when they feel like it.
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