The S40 is a car I would not recomend, unreliable and Volvo does not stand behind the car.
I have replaced turn light, brake lights and head lights multiple times.
I have replaced brake pads 3 times in 68,000 miles and its due again, the brake pads and rotors wear out faster than any car I have owned.
The red paint job shows oxidation and has for the past two years. I can remove the oxidation and its back within a month.
The cabin air filter clogs far to often, and I do not live in a dusty area.
This car has been a problem since day one. The brakes went out after less than 20,00 miles and were not covered under warranty. I have replaced bulbs constantly since buying the car at my own cost. The pain job is my biggest complaint, after 4 years, it looks like a 2o year old car. I do like the performance; it's fast and gets decent gas mileage. The bad things far outweigh the good, this car has been in the shop so many times it's amazing.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 24th August, 2004