Poor Man's BMW
By Scott Bentrup on
Vehicle2001 Volvo S40 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)
ReviewI 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 FeaturesLooks (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 FeaturesLess 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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