2001 Volvo S40 1.9 turbo from North America


Good gas mileage, peppy when it has to be


Recurring problem with airbags.

Transmission began to shift poorly.

Strong gasoline odor which was never diagnosed.

Lights constantly burnt out.

General Comments:

I bought this car as kind of a bridge buy when my old vehicle had problems. I was initialy intrigued by the low price of the vehicle and of course the fact it was a Volvo. Saftey, reliability, status and such. I do have to say I drove the car without sticking any major dollars of my own into it. I commute to work and put on about 60 miles a day and always got great mileage out of it.

Here are the reasons why I got rid of it. The first problem was the transmission. When shifting out of first gear, especially when cold, it would shift very hard and ocassionally "slip" in and out of gear. This made me nervous on long trips.

Secondly was the airbag problem. When I bought the car the airbag light was on, and the dealer replaced the driver side curtain. One subzero Wisconsin morning I started the car and the bag light came on again. I didn't bother having it checked again, but I was told the first time the bags are disabled when the light is on. So much for the saftey thing.

Other problems- Strong gasoline and burnt oil odors at all times, Service light constantly popping on, lights buring out.

I liked the way the car is styled. Mine was silver with a spoiler and I thought it looked pretty sharp, but I do not like the looks of them without a spoiler. The paint did hold up pretty well I thought for being five years old.

The interior in my opinion was very bland. The layout of everything just didn't give a high end feel. The rear seat is extremly cramped for adults.

I got what I needed out of this car. I guess the only thing I can say is if your looking to buy a S40 and drive it for 300m miles you'll be disappointed. Not the same Volvo as other models/years. I moved back to an American vehicle as I've owned many cars and can quite honestly say I've had the best luck with them. I know, not what I would have thought either.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th December, 2006

2001 Volvo S40 1.9t from North America


Poor quality control on a good concept


I had a leaky turbo seal at 35,000 miles.

I've replaced the rotars twice in the last 40,000 miles.

I had a broken engine mount at 60,000 miles (seems to be a common problem with the S40)

To this date I have an undiagnosed transmission slip. The car will slip into neutral, the engine will rev, and then it pops back into gear. Three different Volvo dealerships can't find the cause.

General Comments:

The car has had too many problems for me to feel good about buying another Volvo.

However, the handling of this vehicle has already saved me from a serious collision.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th November, 2006

2001 Volvo S40 from North America


Not sure!


For the past year my 2001 Volvo S40 has had several problems. The engine light keeps coming on and the dealer can't find the reason. The inside temperature gauge is no longer working either. Also, the car sometimes will not start the first or second time you try. The car has been to the dealership a lot! So far, they have replaced the front and back sensors at least twice and tested the computer... still no fix! I do love the car and did not want to trade it just yet...HELP!!!


General Comments:

I like the car, but am really worried about taking it too far or driving it at night, in case it does not start!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 7th November, 2006

7th Nov 2006, 13:19

Sounds like you got one of the earlier NedCar built models.


22nd Nov 2006, 09:17

I had the same problem with the starting. It was anxiety provoking, after many visits they finally solved the problem by replacing the fuel pressure regulator. No problem since.