2000 Volvo S40 1.9 turbo from North America
I will never buy another Volvo again
A broken (from heat) hose, caused extensive damage to the turbo at 75,000 miles. Turbo replaced ~$1500.00.
Front driver's side, bent control arm due to rubber bushing disintegration. This was at 77,000 miles.
LCD clock segments stuck at purchase.
Defective passenger side CV boot and axle shaft at 77,500 miles.
Leaking OEM CV axle seal (s) replaced (see above) 6 different times following the axle replacement. Each began leaking around 50 miles after replacement. Non OEM seal installed - leak stopped.
Defective O2 sensor at 90,000 miles.
Rear center seat belt torn on edge apparently due to scraping and wind vibration. This belt was never used. ? miles, just noticed.
Broken cup holder at 92,000 miles.
Seat motor defective at 92,000 miles.
Leaking timing belt oil seal at 110,000 miles.
Seeing all the issues with my S40 and others with similar problems, I am surprised there has been no class action lawsuit brought against Volvo.
In my opinion, this is a seriously defective, low quality car.
I have owned two Volvos previously, an '82 240 DL and a '96 850. Neither car has had anywhere near the number of problems that this one does.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 5th July, 2011
6th Jul 2011, 14:52
The old S40 is based on Mitsubishi, and were made in Belgium, not Sweden.
Get another 850 and you will love Volvo again.. ;-)
8th Jul 2011, 19:37
My girlfriend has a '97 2.0 non-turbo 5-speed manual base model. What major problems has she experienced in her now 6 years of ownership? It now has about 150K miles (240k km on it).
Brakes, brakes and brakes! No matter if we put expensive original Volvo parts or aftermarket stuff on it, still brake vibrations after a few hundred miles! Lost count on the number of brake rotors changed! Brakes are pure Mitsubishi...
Other than that, only a fuel pump and some normal stuff that wears out on any car like tie rod ends, a set of lower ball joints, exhaust system etc.
The only thing that actually stopped the car was when the fuel pump gave up!
One thing that almost stopped it was when the accessory belt tensioner seized. Easy and cheap fix though!
The car was drivable even then for short distances (but without water pump, power steering and generator working).
The broken belt is completely my fault, not checking the tensioner!
Except for the brake problems, it's a wonderful reliable car!
Fuel economy is great! About 30-35 mpg combined (7-7,5 liters/100km). This car is never driven hard, and it just loves to be driven "old man style" with upshift at 2500 rpm!
The rust has taken the grip of the car now (we live in Sweden, and a lot of road salt is used).
Even though, it's mostly a cosmetic issue! The lower parts of the car seem to be perfectly fine...
My guess it will be in use for at least 2 more years before scrapping, which makes it one of the most economical cars I've ever seen...