2001 Volvo V40 Estate 1.9 turbo diesel
Solid and safe, but can run with the best
Rear brake caliper seized at 117K; opportunity taken to replace all 4 discs and pads, not overly expensive.
Original battery started to fail after 10 years; replaced with new quality battery, which gave up after 1 week! Supplier replaced the battery. The alternator diode pack/brushes were also replaced as a precaution; not easy items to find.
Ground to a halt after 128K, AA man diagnosed broken timing belt, lifted cover to check, only to find a garage (according to service book) had fitted the wrong belt at 80K. Currently sourcing a replacement head due to bent valves.
I want to get this car back on the road, as it does everything I want in terms of comfort, performance, economy, and (up to now) reliability.
The car performs well on the motorway as well as on the twisties, and rarely delivers less than 50 MPG.
The build quality is excellent, and it makes a good tow car for hauling motorcycle trailers about.
Have run it in very snowy weather, and it proved very sure footed and safe, although the windscreen washers tend to freeze up.
Only glitch is the cabin fan runs at varying speeds, and seems to have a mind of its own.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th May, 2012