I've had a 2000 V40 since 10/99, and
haven't experienced any of the problems
described by an earlier reviewer. In
fact, the car's excellent handling and
brakes have already saved my life a few
times. This is our family's seventh
Volvo in about 30 years; each has
lasted at least ten years. We just
sold our still-running '84 240.
Great handling, brakes, air
conditioning, heating, visibility, and
seat comfort. The back seats fold
down, and the back deck comes out,
leaving tons of cargo room, or, in a
pinch, a place to sleep.
Rubber bumpers would be nice, but it
seems that the entire industry has
switched to painted ones. Also, I'm
quite happy with the automatic
transmission, but I generally prefer
manual and would have appreciated the
ability to choose.