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Volvo V40 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.9 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 170 hp @ 5250 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/27 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes
 

Review of the 2003 Volvo V40

  • Though loaded with safety equipment, the V40 is hampered by its small size and aging architecture.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Strong complement of safety features, affordable base price, upscale interior.

  • Cons

    No manual transmission offered, lacks sporting intentions, pricing can quickly escalate with optional equipment installed.

  • What's New for 2003

    Output from the 1.9-liter turbocharged mill is bumped up by 10 to 170 horsepower. A CD player makes its way onto the standard features…

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (21 total reviews)


Fine used car

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Vehicle: 2003 Volvo V40 4dr Wagon (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

We purchased this in 2009 with 38,000 miles on it. Have put 2 2,000 mile trips on it and averaged 39 mpg. Around town it gets around 22 mpg. Car has plenty of zip and handles well. Both my wife and I find the seats comfortable. The lumbar support helps. A/C blows cold and have had no work other than regular maintenance done on it. Would recommend as used car.




Why europeans tend to get

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Vehicle: 2003 Volvo V40 4dr Wagon (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

I must say that this is truly a unique car. I've rated it as unbiased as tough as I can. I simply love to drive it, and I've owned some pretty nice vehicles. I think one of its major downfalls is that Volvo didn't offer a manual transmission, that would be a blast. I love the V50s, but we were able to find a very nice V40 with low miles for $6K. I couldn't pass it up. So far I've have the check engine light come on once, and I think the ignition timing may have been off a bit. So I changed out a set of new high-performance plugs, and it's running superbly. Good performance, not great. It's so comfortable as well. Why buy a SUV for a small family when there are fun and economic wagons like this




From volvo patriot to to

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Vehicle: 2003 Volvo V40 4dr Wagon (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

The car was a subject of three repairs by warranty including one when I stuck in the road and the car was towed to an auto repair shop. After the warranty the owning of the car has turned into financial disaster. The car is purposely design to exclude or hinder repair by the owner. Now my car is 6 years old having 73000 miles on odometer and it has serious transmission problem. The repair costs so much that I cannot afford it. The car is filled with manufacturing defects and bad design solutions. While it was in repairs and I had chance driving S40 and V50. I found them even worse. What a big mistake I made when I got into this Volvo bondage!




Great car. would like more

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Vehicle: 2003 Volvo V40 4dr Wagon (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

I really love this car. It handles beautifully. The safety components (that are standard on all Volvos are very rare on other cars. Great heating/ac system and thermostat. Had some problems with the back latch. Other than that, the car has been reliable and very enjoyable to drive.




V-40

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Vehicle: 2003 Volvo V40 4dr Wagon (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

It is almost as heavy as my old '95 850T (which had 210000 on it). Handles like a larger car. It has a lot of zip with the turbo engine. It U-turns in 3 lanes. Plenty of room for a bike, wheelchair, or lots of luggage. Middle seat is short, but not as bad as some compact wagons.




A great car at a

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Vehicle: 2003 Volvo V40 4dr Wagon (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

I've always wanted an 1800ES wagon and I was surprised to discover the stylish v40 among the usual Volvo boxes. We drove it, liked it and bought one. The incentives on this car make it very appealing, especially considering next year's replacement looks too much like another VW. The more we drive it, the more we like it.



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 19
  • cty
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  • 27
  • highway
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Full 2003 Volvo V40 Review

What's New for 2003

Output from the 1.9-liter turbocharged mill is bumped up by 10 to 170 horsepower. A CD player makes its way onto the standard features list, and the front fascia gets a slight freshening thanks to a black egg-crate grille and body-colored side molding and bumpers. Inside you'll find a new three-spoke steering wheel and a four-dial instrument cluster. The sport package adds front and rear spoilers, blackout headlamp surrounds and 16-inch wheels, and the premium package now includes a leather-wrapped hand brake handle and gearshift lever.

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