2001 Volvo S40 Consumer Review: A great car if you treat it ri

2001 Volvo S40 Sedan - Consumer Review

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A great car if you treat it right.
By Jesse Coley on


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


I bought this car used with 80,000 miles on it. It's currently pushing 100,000 miles and I have had none of these problems other reviewers keep talking about. My brakes are FINE. The Check Engine light only comes on if I gun the engine while it is still cold, but then the light usually goes back off before the day is over. I had to replace the turbo when I first purchased the car, but I'm sure that's why it was for sale in the first place. Turbo cars have special needs. Synthetic oil and letting the engine idle a bit before shutting off the car is a MUST. I'm sure the previous owner didn't. Some people complain about bulbs burning out. The solution is to turn off the day-time running lamps.

Best Features

Tough little turbocharged engine. Great fuel mileage. Torque is superb. Heated orthopedic leather seats. 5-speed automatic transmission. Great stereo. Tons of safety features. Sporty suspension.

Worst Features

Not a thing. I even like the silly cup-holder. The new S40 is a great car, too.
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