by SRH on Dec 14, 2008 Vehicle: 2004 Volvo V40 4dr Wagon (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)
This was our first Volvo purchase. We wanted a car that was safe, but fuel efficient. We also wanted a car that was flexible enough to be both our family car, but also a respectable car to be driven for my consulting work. The V40 fit the bill. I have to drive both short distances in city traffic as well as long distances on highways and the V40 handles both nicely. Four years later I still love my car. I would buy another.
by BrainEdge on Jul 8, 2008 Vehicle: 2004 Volvo V40 LSE 4dr Wagon (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)
On the first long trip, the engine light came up. Then again, and again. For the first 2000 miles drive, the car was 15 days in the dealership service bay. Then, the best feature of its turbo was not set right. The dash lights keep coming up every now and then without any pattern. Still not fully 'exorcised' and the warranty is over. I will probably never buy a Volvo again, safety or no safety! If your car transmission dies suddenly on a freeway, I don't know how you call it safe or reliable. But only one thing I like about it, the peppy turbo charged engine. Muscle car drivers hate its guts!
by logiclane on Jul 26, 2005 Vehicle: 2004 Volvo V40 4dr Wagon (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)
I have 37,000 miles on mine, and it has been a great car for highway travel. I too have had the transmission hangup issue, which the dealer was able to diagnose and replace the shift control unit under warranty. I drive on the highway quite a bit, and like the solid, heavy feel of the car without it driving like a tank.
The V40 remains largely unchanged for the 2004 model year although an upscale LSE trim version is added. There are also minor revisions to the front fascia, and the audio system now comes prewired for a CD changer, whereas last year's version required an owner to purchase that option.
The way I understand it is that all the other Volvo models do have an aux jack in the glove box (2005 + models) allowing one to hook up their iPod (and control it remotely). The v40/50's however do n...