S40 Good but could be so much better...
By btp on
Vehicle2004 Volvo S40 2.4i 4dr Sedan (2.4L 5cyl 5A)
ReviewI have driven the car on long trips as well as used it as a commuter and the driver comfort is excellent as are the interior features. My S40 is the 5spd manual non-T5 yet I LOVE the responsiveness and handling of the car in all types of weather - and the good mileage! (way better than auto-trans). I got the winter mats (a must for a New England winter) and had the dealer install - those little buttons that hold the mats in place REALLY should be fastened better. The other nag is that I get intermittent wind noise/whistle from somewhere in back. I dread the first rattle - PLEASE dont be a Ford and rattle after 30k miles! -the fuses for the 12volt were dead when I bought it...bummer.
Best FeaturesI really like the new generation passenger airbag that disables for kids in the front seat. So much better for those long travel hockey/soccer trips! The heated seats in winter and the auto climate are very nice as is the visibility in mirrors and out windows - very small blind spot if any at all.
Worst FeaturesFasten the buttons that hold down the floormats better. Offer upgrade to sound system for iPod controls ;<) Funny feature that sometimes when I unlock with the bulky "key" that all the windows roll down. Not great when I am trying to unlock the kids doors in the pouring rain. Cheep at lock pls.
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