2000 Volvo S40 1.9t 1.9t from North America
Great car, but expensive to fix
3 headlight bulbs, but I solved that problem by turning off the daytime running lights and haven't had to replace one since.
Flex pipe @ 90k miles, engine mounts were fine I just managed to break it. The dealership said it was a common problem and my only complaint was that the flex pipe and 1st cat are one piece so the part was alittle expensive.
Starting problem from the day I bought the car, but that was fixed by replacing my fuel pump regulator @ 92k miles. $650 for the fuel pump regulator, a new thermostat, coolant, labor and diagnosage charge.
Camshaft positions sensor @ 92k miles. My engine light keeps on turning on because of my camshaft position sensor detects an over-advance on my exhaust cam timing. Its been the the dealership twice in one week for this problem, hopefully it will be fixed when I get it back. $350 for the sensor, labor, oil purge, oil change and new filter.
I do love the car it feels like its build like a tank and that's what I was looking for after I totaled my acura integra.
The 1.9L turbo engine is a lot of fun and it can get the car moving and still give you good gas mileage. I average 24-26mpg on premium when doing mixed driving.
Winter driving mode and Dynamic Stability Assist make winter or bad weather driving a breeze.
The car doesn't handle that great, but it also weights 4000lbs and that's a lot of weight to be throwing around. The car is great for long drives and road trips the seats a very comfortable and the ride is smooth.
The car has been expensive to fix, but its mostly because the work has been done though a dealership. Its key to find a good mechanic that knows his way around a volvo, I'm still looking for one in Rhode Island.
All round it's a great car, I picked mine up for $7000 with 72k miles. Repairs have been alittle costly, but not all of them were needed, the camshaft sensor could have been left, but the engine light was bugging me, but I am getting the feeling that this car like many ford products will have an engine light that is always on after 100k miles.
As for buying another volvo I would think about it...
The new s40 are sexy and about $5k cheaper than similar small luxury cars.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 29th November, 2007