2003 Volvo S40 Consumer Review: Near the top of this Valet's l

2003 Volvo S40 Sedan - Consumer Review

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Near the top of this Valet's list.
By jeffj-nj on


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


700 characters is just NOT enough room
to sing this car's praises. I work as a
valet, so I've driven, oh, about
everything. That said, there is nothing
on the road today offering this
cost/quality ratio. Everything about
the car is just so... right. I had
originally prepared a several paragraph
essay about this, but I can't post
it or even figure out what to cut
from it. So, I'll sum it up with this:
I've put 25k miles on this car, and
enjoyed every one of them.
Considering several hundred of them
were accumulated in one sitting, and/or
during the worst winter NJ has seen in
some time, that's really saying quite a
bit. If you're looking elsewhere, stop.

Best Features

Satisfying 'thud' of the door, silky smooth accelaration, lightning-fast traction control reflexes, physical and emotional comfort, and, oh yeah, the actually functional windshield defogger that doesn't f' up your cabin temperature.

Worst Features

Chrome trimmed guages would be nice, aluminum with leather too - not just cloth, higher stereo, or at least angled up (your eyes are off the road too long - safety first, remember?), a "no seat-belt" chime is very mysteriously absent, but mostly, where's the manual transmission?!
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