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2003 Volvo S40 Sedan - Consumer Reviews

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Base 1.9L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Automatic - (58 reviews )
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A Great Car
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By Ray
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2003 Volvo S40 Sedan 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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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.


Best Features

Fuel economy!!!! Turn handling. Acceleration for a little engine---love that turbo. Interior extras and heated power seats Nice style. Braking excellent.


Worst Features

More back seat leg room. Changed angle windshield to cut dash reflection. Add weather band to radio. Higher clearance---have to angle in on steep driveways


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Love my 2003 S40
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Sheri Ann Johnson
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2003 Volvo S40 Sedan 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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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.


Best Features

Handling, seat comfort, large trunk & excellent gas mileage!


Worst Features

Larger back seat & improved door stop design (both are cracked & need to be replaced).


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The Lilttle Engine That Could
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By zackyson
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2003 Volvo S40 Sedan 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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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.


Best Features

Premium sound, leather seats heated, luxury items.


Worst Features

Scary, more horsepower! Larger brake system to stop the speed demon. More tire rubber.


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Still satisfied after 4 years
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By Seattle driver
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2003 Volvo S40 Sedan 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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Having owned this car for over 4 yrs, I remain quite satisfied. Changed brake pads and headlights at 36k miles. Still on original Michelin tires after 43k miles. Drives as well as it did in Nov 2002, smoothly yet with pep if needed. Recommended maintenance done by non-dealer Volvo-only shop for reasonable price. Even my BMW-3-series-owning friends enjoy riding in it with me.


Best Features

Small size allows easy parking in urban environments. Short turning radius. Comfortable seats. Fast-functioning effective window defroster. Easy to use radio controls - the much maligned single knob for station pre-sets actually works well in practice without having to take eyes off road


Worst Features

Wish the 2003 model had AWD; front wheel drive doesn't work well on icy 40-degree slopes without tire chains


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Volvo S40 - 2003 model
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By Cindy
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2003 Volvo S40 Sedan 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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Have owned this car for 2 years. Excellent road car, great around town. A/C is exceptional, esp. for Texas heat. Turning radius is typical Volvo - turns on a dime. Love the car!


Best Features

Body styling. Not too old-person looking, and young enough looking that my teens aren't embarrassed to drive it.


Worst Features

Can't think of any. They already fixed a problem with the older models: placement of cup holders. This is better, although it doesn't accommodate larger sized cups. Still better than previous models.


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