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Poor Man's BMW
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By Scott Bentrup
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2001 Volvo S40 Sedan 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


Review

I bought in Feb 04, and fell in love immediately. Suspension is nice and tight with a feel that inspires confidence, but in cold MN winters it gets a little rough. Drives like other European sedans (Audi A4, BMW 3 series). I did have some problems with rear driver's side door locks, but easily fixed. Did also have problem with fuel pump. Both would have been pricey, but I bought an extended warranty - which I would recommend. Minor finish issues also with driver's door console, but that was fault of prior owner. Gas mileage is a little low in the city, but on the freeway at 75 it still gets 30-32 MPG. Overall, it is a very fun car to drive, very sporty, looks nice w/spoiler, fairly reliable.


Best Features

Looks (especially with rear spoiler!), turbo power, heated leater seats, split folding rear seat, 6 speaker sound system, 5-spd auto trans (very crisp!), suspension and tuning, head light wipers (not very functional, but they do help a little), braking very strong


Worst Features

Less torque steer when really giving it gas; better city gas mileage, although that might be partly a result of driving style (see previous point); traction control standard - for a car designed for Sweden and the winter over there, TC should be a given


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Very disappointed
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By BadLuck
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2001 Volvo S40 Sedan 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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Bought my 2001 Volvo S40 and after 3 years, I had the enjoyment of trading it in for a Mercury Mountaineer SUV! I'm a big guy: 6 feet 200 and I was sick and tired of receiving a head concussion every time I stooped down to get in this vehicle. A/C never worked right and not cold enough despite multiple trips to Volvo dealer. CD player constantly skips even with entire new factory Volvo unit. Intrument panel/radio/cup holder ENTIRELY NON-USER FRIENDLY and confusing! Only good thing was turbo engine was quite peppy and good gas mileage. Because this car was so small and multitude of creature "dis- comforts" that it had, I had the pleasure of dumping it for a nice big SUV. Whew..what a relief!!


Best Features

Peppy little turbo engine.Good gas mileage. Sheer enjoyment of finally unloading it.


Worst Features

Total re-design both inside and out. Doesn't matter now, because I'll never buy another one. I like SUV's & trucks.


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Best used value S-40ASR turbo
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By Volvo for Life
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2001 Volvo S40 Sedan 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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I do agree with some people here.If you
buy a fully loaded model topping $27800
with all the options you don't want to
have any problems and glitches like
burning lights or brakes.It is still a
best deal in the used sport luxury
european sedan category.You have to
drive normal and don't abuse it.I love
this car,but you have to lubricate
brakes ,especially if you drive in
salty,cold weather.Handling is
superb.Once again you have to buy them
used for $9700-11500 range to really
enjoy it.It worth this money all the
way.Luxury European small sports sedan.


Best Features

Leather heated seats,handling,peppy engine,safety (8 airbags)


Worst Features

Front cupholder is a joke


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Very Disappointed
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By Unhappy in Ottawa
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2001 Volvo S40 Sedan 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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Very poor quality. Engine light kept
going on unitl Volvo finally replaced
O2 sensor 2 years later. Brakes and
tires wear out prematurely. It seems
like at every service appointment I
must replace the front or rear brakes,
not only the pads but also the discs
and rotors. Trunk lock and gear shift
knob had to be replaced. The worst part
is that after 3.5 years the paint
started peeling off the car in the area
around all 4 wheel wells and where the
fenders meet the bumbers. It is clear
that this car, which was made in the
Netherlands at a factory shared by
Volvo and Mistsubishi has a lot more
Mitsubishi than Volvo in it. Overall, I
am extremely disappointed.


Best Features

handling and acceleration


Worst Features

Better brakes and higher quality paint


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Be prepared for monthly repairs
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By jgookassian
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2001 Volvo S40 Sedan 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


Review

Date-Odometer-Service
6/5/01-4847-Fuel gauge is not reading
9/10/01-7284-Replaced a door molding
5/30/02-14706-replaced front washer
valve
8/8/02-16536-Replaced the rear brake
pads
3/8/03-23553-Takes 2-3 tries to start
the car. Performed speed sensor update
3/19/03-24503-Takes 2-3 tries to start
the car. Could not reproddyce
5/30/03-28186-Replaced all light bulbs
7/8/03-30247-Turbo oil return tube
leaking. Replaced front brake pads
7/31/03-31586-Install SOP oxygen
sensor, install updated wiring harness
9/16/03-34079-Replaced front oxygen
sensor
12/9/03-37319-Transmission internally
slipping. Replaced the transmission.
Continued below.


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2/16/04-38500-Engine stopped when idling. Check Engine light on 3/4/04-38949-Engine stopped on a highway. Turbo plug was loose 3/20/04-39196-Returned the car


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