1998 Volvo V40 1.6


Average at best


Not much, battery needed replacing, ball joint, brake discs and brake pads at approximately 175 000 km.

Right side mirror adjustment mechanism is broken.

Leak in the tailgate.

Some rust here and there.

Small oil leak in the transmission.

It is starting to show some signs of wear and tear; the quality is about average.

General Comments:

Negative aspects of the car:

This car does not have many strengths.

It is really underpowered, the transmission is not a good one. I believe it is a Renault transmission, but that is no excuse, Volvo should take responsibility and put in a better one.

The cabin has some cheap plastic that rattles at different speeds.

It is not very spacious. The tailgate is not very well designed; there is a loading threshold.

The ride and handling is average at best.

Positive sides:

Not too many faults, considering the age and the mileage on this car.

It has got climate control.

It looks quite modern for a car of this age.

Simple mechanics; makes it easy to work on.


The 1.6 is not up for the job; it is slow and quite thirsty for such a small engine.

There are better estates from this era, which cost about the same as the V40. But if you really want a V40, get a bigger engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st June, 2010

31st Jan 2011, 06:23

I am the owner of this car, and I have an update.

At 192 000 km the head gasket blew. I have changed the oil at least once a year, and it has never overheated.

I will never buy a Volvo again, they are too expensive compared to what you get for your money.

1998 Volvo V40 T4 1.9 gas turbo


A high performance family car


Blew the host between the turbo and the intercooler.

Engine control chip was bad, engine is great after replacement of the chip.

General Comments:

In whole, a very good car (and fun too).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2000

1998 Volvo V40 T4 2.0 turbo (I think!)


Nothing drastic. Ashtray lid won't go down.

General Comments:

Very nice car. Quick. Comfortable, but a bit of a tight squeeze inside. Hope Ford take good care of us Volvo owners...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 1999