I bought my 2001 S40 brand new, thinking I wouldn't have to buy another car for decades, as long as I took care of it.
Having said that, I took my car in to the Volvo dealership every time the check engine and brake light came on, oil changes, tire rotation, replacing the tires. You name it, I have taken my car into the Volvo dealership.
Every time I took the car in, I could pretty much planned to spend at least $300. If I took it in for an oil change, they found something else that needed to be adjusted. If I took it in because of the serivce light, I was told I needed a diagnostic test to determine the problem, for a small fee of $150 of course.
I've pretty much replaced the brakes every year since I've had the care.
I've replaced the gasket twice!!!
I have to replace the headlights just about every fall.
The cupholder broke the first year I bought it.
Yesterday was the first day of fall, and the temperature was drastically low. In perfect, S40 2001 Volvo fashion, the car is now smoking whenever I pump the brakes or accelerate.
I will be getting rid of this car as soon as possible!