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2001 Volvo S40 Sedan

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By Goobs
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2001 Volvo S40 Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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I've enjoyed this car it has made commuting fun again. Most people when they think volvo think safety or grandpas car, does your grandpas car have a zero to sixty in under 7 seconds. Great performance reliability and it's comfy too.


Best Features

1.9L turbo charged engine supplys plenty of power when wanted and still gets excellent Gas Mileage


Worst Features

more cup holders and trunk space. Larger 6\9 speakers instead of 5 1\4. more power but that has been taken care of by the new model.


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By not happy
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2001 Volvo S40 Sedan 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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Bought this car used about a month ago and can wait to get rid of it, worst designed car i have ever been in, cup holder blocks most of console controls, 12v plug dosent work, really strange noises come from engine compartment-sounds like someone is pulling a heavy box across the ground every once in a while when i am stopped at a light, the engine "bumps" between 30-40mph when i let off the gas and then accelerate again- used to have a maxima- same year- but crashed it- should have bought another maxima- this car is garbage- dont buy it!!


Best Features

european exterior


Worst Features

dont hire drunk engineers to design this car!!


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By 2001 S40
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2001 Volvo S40 Sedan 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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I purchased this car in 2001 - my first new car! Since that time, I have replaced brake pads front and back each year since ownership. My check engine light continues to come on and no one can figure out why. Other repairs include fuel pump, rotors, every light bulb in car, thermostat, fuses and other minor things. I purchased this car for safety and my concern now is that with all of the repairs that I have made (most of them on-road surprises), that this car actually compromises the safety of the driver - not protects it.


Best Features

Car is comfortable and fun to drive when it is not in the shop!


Worst Features

Put two cup holders in the front of the car is needed! Not to mention if you have a heavy cup of coffee in the front cup holder and take a left hand turn it can fall out of the holder and into the passenger seat floor.


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Adios!
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By Anonymous
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2001 Volvo S40 Sedan 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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I just traded this car in for a Toyota after 10+ years of loyal Volvo ownership. This is the worst car I have ever owned. Meticulously maintained and the turbo blew at 50k, then the ignition coils, then the thermostat, and on and on. Not on par with what a Volvo owner expects from a car. It was cheap and it shows in every aspect of the car from the interior to the mechanical reliability. I am so glad to be rid of this car.


Best Features

Handled well.


Worst Features

Better customer service from Volvo is a must and the car needs to be far more reliable.


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Money Pit
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By NoVolvoNoMore
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2001 Volvo S40 Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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Ever see that movie "The Money Pit"? Well oue S40 is the $$$ pit. I leased this for my wife in 2001. The 1st winter the Winter mode drive locked up. The car was in the shop 2 weeks. The repair writer called to tell me that 2 engineers were coming in from Canada to look at our tranny. Like that's supposed to make you feel better. They replaced the tranny and ever since we've had a slight turbo lag. The steering squeeks, the right dash speaker grill pops up (seen on all 2001's), the side mirror button is wonky, the Service light always comes on, the AC is possessed by the devil. Every scheduled maint or oil change costs over $300. Next time we're buying a BMW.


Best Features

Great turbo boost.


Worst Features

Implement some serious Quality Control. You know there are issues when the body and cabin design have changed at least 2x since 2000. The light burned in the gear shift selector. The cupholder placement stinks. It breaks. The buttons/switch, electronic quality is worse than a GM.


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