2005 Volvo S40 Consumer Review: Fun car. Buggy with age.

2005 Volvo S40 - Consumer Review

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T5 Sedan (2.5L 5-cyl. Turbo 6-speed Manual)

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful
Fun car. Buggy with age.
By cygnuspix on


2005 Volvo S40 T5 Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 6M)


I have my '05 T5 (FWD) since day one - just a hair over 9 years now (and is an auto transmission, but somehow not an option here).

I still love getting in to it twice a day for a 30 mile commute.
The fuel economy is tough to beat, averaging 32MPG.

However, it is fussy and likes to be babied to avoid issues.
My fuel pressure sensor failed, causing tremendous ride issues, but no error code was generated, therefore the dealer threw up their hands at the issue, and wanted $450 parts/labor to replace it.
The part is $50 on Amazon.com, and takes 1 hour to install.
If you feel the car lose power or otherwise ride rough, look into changing this sensor!

Best Features

Peppy turbo engine. Smooth, quiet ride. Sporty handling. Small turning radius.

Worst Features

Some exterior trim does not do well under harsh sun/heat exposure. Common faults are lower-control arm bushings ($$$), sway bar bushings ($$), PEM sensor failure (quiet warranty), fuel-pressure sensor failur ($ DYI, $$$ dealer).
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