2000 Volvo S40 from North America


Too much work for a new car


I have had nothing but problems with my Volvo S40. After owning it less than a year, I have had to replace the 2 front headlights, and one of the taillights. More seriously, it has been in the shop twice to have the rotors replaced. Just recently, it had to be taken in to have the CV boot completely replaced, as well as the linkage and other pertinent parts on the front, passenger side wheel. 3 days after I got it back from the dealer after the CV boot work, the brake warning light came on and I had to add brake fluid to the car (something the dealer should have checked while it was there, in my opinion).

General Comments:

I bought a Volvo based on its safe and reliable reputation. I will not buy another one. Maybe the old ones were reliable, but these new ones sure aren't.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th October, 2002

11th Dec 2002, 22:22

You are 100% correct! The only Volvo models that I know as having the stereo-typical Volvo reputation for safety and reliability are the 940, 760, 740, and 240 models. The 940, 760, and 740 are all mechanically the same. A friend of mine has an '87 240 with 250k miles on the original engine and transmission and it still runs wonderfully! I myself own an '85 240 with 160k miles, which runs very good as well. My mother owns an '89 740 Turbo with 180,000 miles and you'd swear by the way it drives it only has 50k miles on it! The older ones are definitely better! I honestly think Volvo went downhill once Ford took over. Since '92 or '93, Volvo reliability has not been nearly as good. You would be much better off finding a low mileage, used Volvo of one of the models I mentioned above.

2000 Volvo S40 from Austria


Exercise caution.


The transmission blew once without any warning. The flange in the mechanism between the engine and the clutch blew all its remaining rivets. Poor design as the entire flange had to be replaced. This is expensive and takes a lot of time.

The other problem that happens frequently is that the trunk gets locked with the remote and doesn't unlock anymore. This is very problematic for travelling as the luggage has to be recovered through the back seat.

General Comments:

Does anyone have an email address for feedback to and solution/suggestion from Volvo ?.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th February, 2002

2000 Volvo S40 1.9 T from North America


Good looking piece of junk


Trunk won't open (latch broke 4 times).

Windshield wipers quit working (7 times).

Traction control quit working (2 times).

Electrical malfunctions (10 times).

General Comments:

This car is very unreliable and has been in the shop many times. Volvo aftersales support do not care about their customers. Volvo on Camelback service department (Phoenix, Arizona) couldn't complete a paint by numbers picture if they tried.

After starting a lemon law lawsuit case against Volvo, and their stalling, I sold the piece of junk at a loss to an unsuspecting dealer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th January, 2001

18th May 2001, 06:25


I currently own a 2000 S40 and have been experiencing many of problems with it. In brief, the car has been in for repair 4 times in the past 6 months because the engine won't start or simply stalls. In total, it has been repair for over 40 days. The last time this problem happened was about a week ago.

Volvo claims its fuel pump problems. I am very concerned about this situation and have turned to the Internet and people who have posted messages like yours about this car. I have done a bit of investigation and have read of people with similar problems and they claim that Volvo is redesigning the fuel pump.

I would greatly appreciate it if you could provide me with some feedback on your Volvo S40/V40 experiences (if any).

Thanks for you for reading this message and hope to hear from you.

Volvo Owner.