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2003 Volvo S40 Sedan

 
 

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Volvo S40 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.9 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 170 hp @ 5250 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/27 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes
 

Review of the 2003 Volvo S40

  • Though loaded with safety equipment, the S40 is hampered by its small size and aging architecture.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Strong complement of safety features, affordable base price, upscale interior.

  • Cons

    No manual transmission offered, lacks sporting intentions, pricing can quickly escalate with optional equipment installed.

  • What's New for 2003

    Output from the 1.9-liter turbocharged mill is bumped up by 10 to 170 horsepower. A CD player makes its way onto the standard features…

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (58 total reviews)

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

A great car

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Vehicle: 2003 Volvo S40 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

It handles great, good quality, gas mileage superb--36mpg on a 1000 mile hilly trip through VA,WV,and OH with the cruise set at 70 and 3 adults. I love the turbo and the fact that the cruise never kicks out on long steep grades and provides good acceleration when needed. I don't understand the other reviewer's problems with brakes. Mine are still the original. I get 39 mpg driving a back and forth over an 80mi (160) stretch over the Blue Ridge Mts. I love the computer mpg meter giving instantaneous and avg mpg. The other features (heated seats, pockets in front of seat base) are nice. Overall a great little car. It could use a little more floor room for rear occupants.




Love my 2003 s40

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Vehicle: 2003 Volvo S40 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

I purchased my 2003 S40 in 07 with only 4600 miles on it. Ultimately a new car! I couldn't be happier with it. It's quick to get out the way & handles nicely, especially in the Florida rains. I do wish the back seat had more room for passengers, but it's a great excuse to get out of driving! I feel safe driving, especially at night. I've had no major issues, replaced a headlight & put on a new set of Michelins. I'll definitely replace it with another Volvo.




The lilttle engine that could

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Vehicle: 2003 Volvo S40 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

What a super little car, I've owned other Volvos, but this is amazing built. Outstanding throttle response for such a prize machine. Imagine driving from Torrance, Ca to San Diego, Ca on ten dollars worth of gas in 2008! Wow! I love this car, my Cayanne S was fast, but nothing compared to this little speed demon. Thanks a lot Sweden.



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 19
  • cty
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  • 27
  • highway
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Full 2003 Volvo S40 Review

What's New for 2003

Output from the 1.9-liter turbocharged mill is bumped up by 10 to 170 horsepower. A CD player makes its way onto the standard features list, and the front fascia gets a slight freshening thanks to a black egg-crate grille and body-colored side molding and bumpers. Inside you'll find a new three-spoke steering wheel and a four-dial instrument cluster. The sport package adds front and rear spoilers, blackout headlamp surrounds and 16-inch wheels, and the premium package now includes a leather-wrapped hand brake handle and gearshift lever.

Talk About The 2003 S40

2003 Volvo S40 Discussions See all Started By

2076032
2076032
01-08-2003
anyone know for sure whether S40 will have different design for 2004 or not?...


citysquire
citysquire
04-24-2012
I have recently experienced the exact same accelerating while breaking issue with my 2003 Volvo S40. I find it happens if I'm going over a bump in the road and at the same time have to break. I also h...


lev_berkovich
lev_berkovich
08-11-2004
"The USA recorded its best ever six months with year-to-date sales of 69,158 units. This represents a 2.1 per cent increase over the pace of the 2003 record year. The XC90 continues to be the bes...