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Do not buy this car!
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By Emily
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2001 Volvo S40 Sedan 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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I purchased this car as a certified pre-owned. It was 3yrs old and had only 35k mi., but almost immediatly I began having problems - from the steering wheeling vibrating, brakes needing to be replaced, having to replace the entire sunroof, and varous engine parts failing. As soon as the warranty was up, I started taking it other places, but eventually was sent back to a dealer when my check engine light would not go off. Volvo informed me they could try a download to the car's computer, but warned me this occassionaly resulted in the computer freezing and the car becoming unusable, and it would be my expense to fix.


Best Features

The seats are definitely the most comfortable car seats I've ever sat in.


Worst Features

I agree with what everyone else has said about the cup holder. However, no matter how much they've improved this car, after my terrible experiences with this one and the general unpleasantness of the Volvo service people, I will never buy another Volvo!


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Great Vehicle
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By Keith
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2001 Volvo S40 Sedan 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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Well, now I have 150,000 miles on it, yes, 150K! I don't know what people are talking about but I have not had a single issue with this car yet! I got it at 81K and knew that it would last, and it did. Yes, the cup holders are awful, but if you are like me and not like to have picnic in your vehicle, you will be just fine. I still average 28mpg with the ac running here in San Diego. If this car goes to junk, I would buy one again for about 7000 bucks. Beats buying a Civic as these are very very safe cars. The only issue I had was to change the coil wire which ran about 70 bucks! Just go and buy one, if it feels good, then it must be the right car.


Best Features

Safety and reliability, great exterior styling.


Worst Features

Back seat is too small for passangers when I drive


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Wouldn't ever buy a Volvo again.
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By KWall
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2001 Volvo S40 Sedan 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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I've had my Volvo for almost 5 years now (purchased it when it was 2 yrs. old). Have had many problems with the check engine light coming on. Had to replace an oxygen sensor a total of 8 times! Recently the electric components of the headlight broke, and it cost $1550 to repair! Volvo parts are extremely expensive, and the electric components of the car are too sensitive. The upkeep of this car is so expensive that I will never buy a Volvo again.


Best Features

Drives well, still looks good even though it's 7 years old


Worst Features

Electric components are too sensitive. Cup holders poorly placed/not very functional. Not a good car for tall people to drive.


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Only 7.7 years not for life
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By AJFH
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2001 Volvo S40 Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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Purchased this car after seeing it in France in the summer of 2000. We were first impressed by its ride, peppy motor and looks. We thought the car would last well beyond a estimated 10 years..oops big mistake. It is no better than a Chevrolet when it comes to reliability. Numerous visits to the shop for all kinds of repairs. Luckily we bought the 100000 mile warranty. Since it ended in August 2007 over $3000 in repairs have been done and its still doesn't run well. The engine light is continually on. It's just become a headache.


Best Features

Peppy, fun to drive.


Worst Features

Volvo did the right thing. They dropped the 4cyl turbo.


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Decent Car
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By Name
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2001 Volvo S40 Sedan 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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After driving several station wagons and the classic 240, I bought this car used in '05 w/ ext. warr. Frnt and back seat cup holders broke after 2 wks. Have replaced tires, ext lights numerous x, transmission, brakes & cruise control. Thank God for the ext. warr. Paint scratches incredibly easy - quite a nuisance. Frnt cup holder is in a bad place and poorly built. Glove box won't close all the way. Knobs for a/c & radio are cheap and the material chips off. Leather stains easily. Driver's headrest sits up too high for short ppl like me. It honestly pains me to say this but after driving Volvos for 20 years and having such a "lovely" experience with this one, I'm done with Volvos.


Best Features

Turbo, acceleration, moon roof, size, fold down seats, tape deck!, safety (plenty of air bags), placement of dash controls...


Worst Features

More durable paint, leather and interior knobs are needed. Adjustable driver's head rest. Front cup holder design and placement is a joke.


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