1998 Volvo S40 2.0 from Australia and New Zealand


A decent family sedan, but don't expect a sports sedan


Nothing has gone wrong with the car thus far engine wise.

The vent on the sunroof cover was loose.

A couple globes went out, one on the side and the other a brake light.

Back right-hand speaker has a problem with bass and high volume (due to me playing music to loud)

General Comments:

This car is a solid all round package. The interior is well laid out and comfortable with a touch of class. However for larger sized rear passengers it can be a bit of a squeeze.

I have Grey leather interior with wood trim that I have found are of good quality and really suit the limited edition pearl silver color of the car.

It is a classic shape and the 1998 model had the best of them, after the 1998 model the squashed it inward on both the sides and the back which I found as a young drive takes away from the sports sedan appeal that the 1998 model has.

The stock sound system if fantastic although I caused the back right-hand speaker to go due to playing loud music.

Engine wise it can have problems with picking up speed when you plant your foot to the floor. The acceleration can be patchy and can feel sluggish at times. Generally the car takes off easier when in 'sports' mode. However for general traffic driving it is pleasant and certainly enough power.

However the turbo model would result in better all-round performance and allow more power to the wheels, and if I were to get this car again the turbo option would definatly be included.

But if you are a fan of Volvo's and need a nice compact and elegant sedan then this is a good option, but don't expect a sports sedan unless you are willing to go for the turbo option, and even then there are better Volvo options available.

I also have a 1998 C70 and I can honestly say that the C70 is the best Volvo ever made. With 176Kw and nine speaker Dolby digital surround sound standard it's the ultimate Volvo where sports meets luxury. It is also capable of going from 0 - 100 kilometers and hour in seven seconds flat (and that's for automatic). If you want a sports car that isn't going to cost a mountain of cash then I suggest you take the c70 for a test drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th November, 2002

1998 Volvo S40 SE 1.9 turbo from UK and Ireland


A 145mph flying tank


Nothing has gone wrong so far.

General Comments:

This car will eat Subaru's for breakfast.

The car feels solidly built, has stunning performance for just 1855 cc's and reasonable fuel economy for the performance.

I have yet to test the full potential of this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st November, 2002

1998 Volvo S40 T4 1.9 turbo petrol from Poland


Too expensive and too fast :)


Loud noise in front suspension, repaired after two visits at dealer.

The clutch works rough, I see some problems ahead.

General Comments:

Front seats could be more comfortable, the way height is regulated is a mystery for me, probably some studies in Volvo's R&D center is necessary. Rear seat is OK.

There is a lack of cup holders.

Engine is powerful, but turbo-hole exist, I liked 1.8T Volkswagen engine more.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 10th September, 2002

1998 Volvo S40 1.8 SE GDI 1.8 GDI from UK and Ireland


Good car, but buy an automatic V40 1.8 GDI instead!


New brakes pads.

Squeaky clutch.

Sticky gear change.

Squeaky fan belt.

General Comments:

Bought this car to handle my long commute to work and its great fuel consumption which was near a good diesel well done Mitsubishi for the GDI engine!

Trouble was that it had dodgy Renault parts (i.e gearbox) so the gear change was annoying sticking in third, and first gear was hard to find to.

Leather seats and cabin were excellent and the build quality plus refinement were good.

Hates corners and its not fun to punt around in, but there again it's a Volvo!

If only details such as handling and gearbox were improved would be a great car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 8th August, 2002

10th Feb 2004, 12:26

Depending on how old an S40 and the engine that's fitted to it, there seem to be two major types of manual gearbox:

One sort has reverse indicated on the shift pattern as being left of 1st. This gearbox is notchy, vague and generally poor.

One sort has reverse located below 5th on the shift pattern.

This gearbox is much smoother and precise.

It seems to vary as to which gearbox you get - generally, the bigger the engine and the newer the car, the more likely you are to have the second (better) gearbox.

6th Jul 2006, 17:28

I have an R reg 2.0 CD, and must say I don't find the gearbox a problem. There is a bit of play in the stick whilst in gear, and compared to the box of my old Prelude, the feel isn't too inspiring. Not a good box, but definitely not the worst I've used by a long shot!!

Totally agree with the handling too, although wider and lower profile tyres help a lot.