Volvo V40 Reviews from Norway

2003 Volvo V40 1.6 petrol

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 kilometres
Most recent distance120000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo S70

Summary:

Sell it, before it breaks down

Faults:

Well everything is wrong or is breaking down.

Heat in the driver's seat doesn't work.

Automatic thermostat for the climate control broke.

Gears are hard to change, due a worn seal in the gearbox (common issue).

Rear brake caliper rusted/stuck.

Rear windshield wiper fell off from the "arm" holding it.

Water/condensation in the left front light (common issue).

Cracks in brake hose front (common issue).

Brake oil lamp lit up because of sensor failure?

One broken rear suspension.

General Comments:

It's a good looking car and handles well. Interior looks modern too.

Fuel efficient and perfect for city driving. On the highway it's noisy though.

Bought this used, but I do regret it, since it ain't a real Volvo. My Volvo 740GL 1987 had passed 540000km when sold, my Volvo 850SE 1995 had 360000km when sold, and my S70 1999 had 240000km before being hit by another car.

So what happened? This won't last forever, for sure, with all its weaknesses.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st March, 2012

1997 Volvo V40

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired170000 kilometres
Most recent distance250000 kilometres
Previous carFord Granada

Summary:

A car with good handling, and a great look

Faults:

Catalyst - 2008.

Brake lines - 2009.

General Comments:

Overall I like the Volvo.

Very good handling, and like a dream to drive. I've driven several, but nothing is close to the Volvo.

Comfortable seats, everything works.

Downside:

BAD winter car, horrible if it's snow, the weight is not at the front tires, so it will spin easy.

Expensive to repair, moderate fuel consumption.

The engine runs very smooth, no problems whatsoever.

Little rust.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th August, 2011

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 2 reviews