1997 Volvo S40 2.0 from UK and Ireland


The best car in its class..


Nothing...But suspension needs some attention due to wearing...

General Comments:

This is one of the best cars you can get for approx 4000 euro.

It is the safest car in its class (comparing to other cars that were made in late 90's)

The 2.0 litre petrol engine preforms very well @ low RPM, but it becomes a beast when you go over 4000 mark on the rev counter...

Comfort in this car beats all Japanese imports for sure, only really expensive cars like Jaguar Or Mercedes have better level of comfort... The seats are good for long distances, but it is a bit cramped at the back if you are over 6 foot tall...

This car can last a long time if it is being looked after... and nothing can beat the safety of Volvo...

If you want to be safe... go out there and buy your Volvo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st June, 2005

13th Jul 2010, 22:34

I was a Ford mechanic, and for a long time only had Fords. Then I had Peugeot which were also quite good. I then bought a 17 year old Volvo 850 which was a brilliant car, kept that 2 years. I am now hooked on Volvo. I bought a S40 yesterday, which is not disappointing. I agree these are great cars. One thing I have noticed is some of the cars I viewed had rust around wheel arches. Yet the 850 after 17 years didn't have any. I don't think the metal is quite the same as previous Volvos.

1997 Volvo S40 SE 1.8 16v from UK and Ireland


Strong, hard, reliable yet elegant.


Needed a new electric motor for the aerial.

Quite a few bulb's have gone over time there is quite a few!!

Not bad for 30000 + miles!

General Comments:

A very sensible car with elegant looks for a reasonable price.

The cabin is spacious and well laid out with a high level of comfort.

However I do find the drivers seat a little too hard.

The 1.8 engine is OK, but lacks torque. This is very noticeable when heavily loaded or on steep hills.

The engine is economical when driven sensibly.

Handling is quite good for a car of this size, but is a little soft on this model. It does tend to lean quite a bit on corners however does give a very comfortable ride.

The car is very tough, durable and reliable.

The SE model has a lot of annoying blank buttons which leaves you wondering on long journey's what they would have been.

I have found Volvo dealer ships quite expensive. It is always a good idea to locate a local Volvo specialist, which are a lot kinder on the wallet. However keep an eye on the parts. Bosch parts are often used which although are cheaper, do not have that Volvo reassurance.

I have just recently had my cam belt and drive belt changed. This was expensive, if your purchasing one around 70k miles make sure this has been done!

My next car will be a Volvo S40 T4.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd February, 2005

1997 Volvo S40 SE 2.0i from UK and Ireland


Elegant looking executive saloon that handles like a sports car


The front differential gave a rumbling sound when I went for the test drive, but as the trader offered to repair it before the sale I went ahead with the purchase. No regrets!

Condensation occurs during winter which causes the engine oil to get contaminated with water as a result of doing frequent short journeys.

General Comments:

The car had over 93000 miles on the clock when I bought it. The present mileage is over 105000 which includes a return trip to Brussels from Hampshire. (On £20 of petrol each way). No repairs since I bought it in 2003 other than normal wear and tear, such as tires and brake pads. The car had 2 previous owners and was first registered in 1997. It doesn't look as fabulous as the latter face-lift model yet elegant enough to turn a few heads. The acceleration is acceptable, but I have driven S40s with various engines, some of which had terrifying acceleration. Surprisingly one of them was a 1.9 turbo diesel which accelerated rapidly from 50 to 70 mph in 5th gear producing G forces. The gear ratios could be improved, and they have been done in latter models. The handling is very precise after you get used to it. The car is stable even at very high speeds. Comfort wise it's 1st class transport. I don't like the positioning of the electronic window switches, but they have been repositioned in the face-lift model. The rotating switches on the dashboard are a bit tight, but in the newer cars they can't get any smoother. It's a car designed for the driver. Even in the 6 speaker surround sound system; which is fabulous for a system that comes with a car, even as an optional feature; the speakers are positioned to suit the driver the most. The driver and the front passenger gets the best of comforts such as heated seats though the rear seats are comfortable enough. If you want an elegant looking executive saloon that handles like a sports car, this is the one for you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th April, 2004

6th Jul 2006, 17:24

Quote "Condensation occurs during winter which causes the engine oil to get contaminated with water as a result of doing frequent short journeys."

All cars do that if only given short journeys.

Can't say my S40 handles too well, but it's on standard 15" steelies. I dare say lower profile/wider tyres (not tires) would alleviate the "speedboat" effect.

I actually love my S40 though.

8th Dec 2009, 00:09

I am thinking of buying one with 120k on the clock. What do you guys think, and what should I look out for?