This is my first Volvo and I really love
the car. I drive my cars pretty hard
and this car has held up well, minus the
problems which seem to be unfortunately
quite common for the V40. The v40 is
fun drive- handles well and is quite
zippy. Front seats are very
comfortable. Some people have
complained about the non-standard radio
controls, but I think they are the most
effective and useful controls I have
ever used. Tuning knob to scan through
20 presets makes more sense than
separate preset buttons and is much
easier to use while driving. Common
problems affecting this vehicle are:
1) brakes wear out quickly.
2) electrical system burns through
After first year of ownership, every
week, 1 or 2 light bulbs go out!
Thank gawd for the warranty! Very
inconvenient. The car is expensive to
maintain. The car doesn't hold value
like the other volvos. I was told
otherwise. It's funny that when I
brought my car to the dealer for the
30k service, the 2 people in front of
me were complainig about the problems
they were having with their cars.
They don't make'em like the early 80's
240DL's anymore. Too bad!! I'll
never buy another!
I'm so frustrated, I continue to
forget why I bought the car in the
The good is overshadowed by the bad:
Brakes @ 15K miles, windshield @
12K, cruise control / headlights @ 24K,
tires @ 25K. Worst was thermostat @
25K. Dealer flushed the system to
find "peanut butter" like substance.
Dealer says this is "bars leaks" (never
heard of it). Dealer says this was
added and is reason for thermostat
failure. The car has been serviced by 3
volvo dealers only! All deny adding
this. It could impact the radiator, new
thermostat, and my warranty. Volvo of
North America will do nothing! From my
experience with the manufacturer,
dealer, and car it's clear that I
bought a Vord. Stay away from this
vehicle, it will only disappoint you.
I've had my V40 for just over a year
now and I've been happy with it. I
haven't had any problems with it. I
ended up with it because the sales
people at the mercedes dealership next
door(owned by the same company)didn't
give me the time of day (I was wearing
jeans and a t-shirt).
Cargo room is just spacious enough.
THE CABIN NOISE IS VERY LOUD ON ROUGH
ROAD. THE STEREO VOLUME MUST BE TURNED