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2001 Volvo V40

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A sexy highway cruiser
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By Diren Yardimli
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2001 Volvo V40 4dr Wagon (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


Review

The V40 is not the station we have come to expect from Volvo. It's neither as masculin nor as bricky as a conventional Volvo (which made me think twice before buying it). Yet the design is slim, clean and as sexy as can be for a station wagon. Its seats embraces you, its steering is solid and secure, its engine sounds confident. Neither the sporthy whiiim, not the cheap sound of most commercial engines. On the road it easily glides through the traffic, easily reaches 200 km/h (even though the official max. speed is 195 for the 1.8).


Favorite Features

As with most Volvo's its the safety aspect. Airbags, air curtains, whisplash protection are some of the aspects, but more than that it's the way it makes you drive the car that is the true secret behinds its safety. This is a car in which it is very difficult to forget focusing on the road.


Suggested Improvements

CD player lacks shock resistance.


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Great Long-Term Value
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By Joey
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2001 Volvo V40 4dr Wagon (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


Review

Purchased used at a great value and haven't been disappointed, yet. Other than regular maintenance, the car has performed great. It's sporty, holds bikes and snowboards on top, enough room for moderate luggage load in the rear - if not a bit tight in the rear seats, though. Comfortable ride, but not the best on long trips. Austere interior is perfect - I prefer minimal and simple interior gadgets/knobs. Misses would include black bumper trim pieces fading and the replacement of the fascia cup holder which I completed myself. I've also replaced the front strut mounts 3 times due to potholes and rough roads. The turbo is quick and a great asset for both city and motorway take-overs.


Favorite Features

Great and quick handling response, moderately compact city size, simple and classic exterior and interior design, averaging 25mpg city and 31mpg motorway.


Suggested Improvements

Obviously the V40 has been replaced with the V50. The improvements I would suggest with the exterior mouldings and cup holder issues were subsequently taken care of in 2002+ models of the V40.


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Nice lil wagon
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By drivetotheend
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2001 Volvo V40 4dr Wagon (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


Review

Bought with 58,000, now at 74,000. Nothing beyond the 60K service and oil changes. Paint is worst feature. Added mud flaps and euro-rails for a little character and sport exhaust, K&N filter, Bilstein gas shocks and a heavier sway bar for fun. Very responsive, very quick, very nice. As noted on these, the brakes will need replacing after about 20K, but it still stops well (they were new at purchase). Overall, this is a great vehicle. Yakima box onto the rails and I can fit all I need to camp with my wife and two small children. Once they get a little older, the back seat will be too small; it's tight back there!


Favorite Features

Good handling, quick response; add the K&N filter if that's all you do. Oh, forgot the safety; all that good Volvo stuff is in there. Nice tunes too.


Suggested Improvements

Better paint!!


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2001 Volvo V40
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By Volvo convert
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2001 Volvo V40 4dr Wagon (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


Review

My Corolla was totaled while parked on the street (who could have foreseen that?!), so in replacing it I was thinking safety, which the V40 has in droves (save for stability control, which was reserved for $40K cars in 2001). The V40 has turned out to be an ideal compromise between all the things I want in a car. While it doesn't excel in any one category (except for safety and comfort, Volvo's trademarks), the V40 does everything pretty darn well! You don't have to trade efficiency for performance, you get both at above average levels. Same for size vs. cargo space, handling vs. ride; all the places where you expect to give up one thing to get another. Handles everything you throw at it.


Favorite Features

Essential Volvo-ness in a smaller, less expensive package. Love: class-leading (at the time) 5-speed automatic, tight turning circle, great stereo, flat cargo floor (with back seat folded down), strong acceleration at any speed and with minimal turbo lag, comfy seats, automatic climate control.


Suggested Improvements

The usuals: lame cup holder, paint degraded by bird poop, etc. While highway mileage is stellar, around town could be better, considering this is only a 1.9L car. Expensive to maintain, but you get what you pay for. If you want a cheap car, that's what you'll get. A used V40 would make a great buy.


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Still Kicking
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By Brian
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Vehicle

2001 Volvo V40 4dr Wagon (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


Review

I just turned over 200,000 km's and the V40 is still performing deciently. Noticeable interior creaks and squeaks recently but nothing the stock sound system can handle. My V40 is my office and it still handles great. My only complaint is the cost of servicing this vehicle. Without doubt the most expensive car I have ever owned for regular maintenance. Beware.


Favorite Features

Head lamp wiper blades are my favourite feature for our miserable Canadian winters.


Suggested Improvements

Worst place ever for the in dash cup holder. I guess the Swede's must just hold on to their coffee cups.


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