2003 Volvo S40 Consumer Review: Our 2002 S40

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Our 2002 S40
By Davit on


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


Noticed wind noise from sunroof, brought it in. Dealer of course said there's nothing wrong with it. A few months later the headliner had a water stain on it from a water leak. The dealer fixed the roof properly, but got greasy fingerprints all over the new headliner. Also the new headliner was installed improperly, now have at least 3 rattles we didn't have before. Had problem with the intermittent wipers not working and cruise control. All total we've had 6 dealer visits in the first 9 months of ownership, not what we expected in terms of Volvo reliability. Other than these problems the car has been very good.

Best Features

Like the low end turbo grunt. Car put together quite well, doors have a solid "thunk" when closed. Front seats are a dream for a small car. Sat in them for a 16 hour drive and my back didn't hurt a bit, and I'm 6' 1" tall, hard to find in a smaller car.

Worst Features

This car should be able to make the 168 horsepower without the use of premium fuel. Toyota's 4-cylinder Corolla has 157 horsepower without a turbo, uses 87 octane fuel and gets the same gas mileage on a bigger car!
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