2003 Volvo S40 Consumer Review: Incredible Car -- bellisimo!!

2003 Volvo S40 - Consumer Review

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Base Sedan (1.9L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Automatic)

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Incredible Car -- bellisimo!!!!
By mr911sc on


2003 Volvo S40 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


The motor is strong with no lag.
The turbo is fully spooled at 1750RPM,
the Torque converter stall speed is
well above that. The trans
shifts according to the type of driver
you are and adapts quickly.. it will
even anticipate desired acceleration
after a turn/obstacle, and downshift
before you get on the gas.The
suspension in this car does not compare
to any car that I have ever driven (I
also own a Porsche 911). It
quite simply, is phenomenal. The
geometry is PERFECT. The car always
feels planted. You can never
misunderstand what the car is doing or
what the car can do. It goes where you
point it.

Best Features

Previously, the price was an issue. With Redesign scheduled in fall (will be sharing platform with non other than -- the Ford Focus), prices have plummeted making the S40 THE BEST potential buy in the sporty driving/must be automatic/4dr FOR UNDER 25K catagory.

Worst Features

Cooler instument cluster colors... nothing compares to the V-dub for the blue/red combo they use.
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