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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 @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/27 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2004 Volvo S40

  • Bigger, sportier and more powerful than its predecessor, the new S40 is fun to drive, while adding a much needed dose of style to Volvo's car line.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    New S40's sharp handling and attractive styling, speedy T5 version, long list of safety features, availability of all-wheel drive.

  • Cons

    Choppy highway ride, old S40's lack of sporting intentions.

  • What's New for 2004

    Volvo offers two generations of its S40 sedan for sale in 2004. The old S40 receives few changes this year; however, an upscale LSE trim version has been added. There are also minor revisions to the front fascia, and the audio system now comes pre-wired for a CD changer. Midway through the model year, an all-new S40 arrives as a 2004.5 model. Nothing is carried over from the previous S40. The new sedan is shorter in overall length but has a longer wheelbase -- this translates to better handling and more interior room. Whereas the previous S40 has only one drivetrain option, the new version has two engine and three transmission choices.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

This car can save your

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Vehicle: 2004 Volvo S40 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

I bought this car for my teenage daughter, in part because of its safety features. Within months she was involved in a serious rollover accident (swerved to avoid a deer) and the car came to rest on its roof. The car was totaled. Looking at the car afterward I would have believed it was a fatal accident, but she did not have a scratch! If safety is paramount to you, you can count on this car - it saved my daughter's life.




Not sure i would buy

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Vehicle: 2004 Volvo S40 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

I really enjoy the way this car handles and drives. However, I have had a lot of mechanical problems. As a result, it has been in the shop more than any car I have ever owned. The transmission sometimes kicks hard when it shifts and the dealer keeps telling me this is normal. This car gets pretty bad ratings from Consumer Reports, something I wish I would have checked before buying. My warranty will run out soon and I will definitely trade it when when it does. I doubt I will buy another Volvo because of the mechanical issues. My wife's Toyota is much more reliable and more than likely I will trade my car for a Toyota when the time comes.




Best car i've ever owned

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Vehicle: 2004 Volvo S40 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

I got this 2004 Volvo S40 as a comapany car. I get a new car every 2 - 2.5 years. Of all the cars I've had this is my favorite. The class of Volvo, the turbo makes this car fun to drive. I drive my company car until it has 80,000 miles then get another. By the time the cars get 80,000 miles they are tired and I'm glad to see them go. But not my Volvo. At 80K it runs, looks, and drives as nice as the day I got it. I love this car. I have never wanted to keep my company car until now. I liked this car so much I got my wife a Volvo S80 Certified car and she loves hers. The dealer is wonderful, they treat you like royalty.




Excellent car for the money!

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Vehicle: 2004 Volvo S40 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

I purchased my 2004 S40 on 9/2003 with a $4000 rebate and free maintenance for 3 yrs. The 170hp turbo has plenty of power and the 5-speed automatic is great. This is one of the best cars I have ever owned. I currently have 33k miles on it. This car has features like auto climate control and heated seats that are usually only found on larger vehicles. They put synthetic oil in from the factory so you only have to go back for an oil change every 7,500 miles. This car is also very fun to drive and it handles the road like a champ.




It needs more work on

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Vehicle: 2004 Volvo S40 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

It was fun to drive the car, but after 12months of driving, I start to feel pain/uncomfortable with my knee while driving it daily. I dont think it's my phyical problem, but due to the design of the car.




Bummer

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Vehicle: 2004 Volvo S40 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

has anyone else had major problems with their s40? from the AC to the radio antenna to the trunk lock....??



Full 2004 Volvo S40 Review

What's New for 2004

Volvo offers two generations of its S40 sedan for sale in 2004. The old S40 receives few changes this year; however, an upscale LSE trim version has been added. There are also minor revisions to the front fascia, and the audio system now comes pre-wired for a CD changer. Midway through the model year, an all-new S40 arrives as a 2004.5 model. Nothing is carried over from the previous S40. The new sedan is shorter in overall length but has a longer wheelbase -- this translates to better handling and more interior room. Whereas the previous S40 has only one drivetrain option, the new version has two engine and three transmission choices.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 19
  • cty
/
  • 27
  • highway
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