1998 Volvo S40 Baseline 2.0 Non turbo
Great value for money
Had to replace the lower rear suspensions bushes and rear shock rubbers, then also the front shock mountings and lower front bushes on the suspension (unsure what they're called). All replaced at the same time, and cost R7500.00 (ZAR)
I previously owned a Mercedes C250 turbo diesel, and now a Volvo S40 standard.. Comparing the two cars I have noted differences.
The Merc had more power because it was turbo, but the Volvo has far more comfortable seats and is very quiet (it is a bit rough on bumpy roads).
It has excellent road holding, and is stable on the road, considering that my Merc had ASC and my Volvo doesn't have any assistance.
Also I find the interior build to be of a great luxury standard.. No rattles or moans.
I find my S40 to be reliable and hassle free, and very easy to drive..
Downside only being that the A pillars do restrict a bit of vision. And when you replace the standard radio tape with a CD frontloader, you notice the speakers don't have as much thump/ bass in them.
10/10. A great all around car. I love it, and would consider swapping it back for a Merc!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th June, 2008