2006 Volvo S40 2.4i non turbo from Puerto Rico


Great car to buy used while still under warranty


Air bag passenger sensor (repaired under warranty).

A/C drainage (warranty).

Shifter blind broke.

Outside temp sensor went bad.

Ball bearing (warranty).

Motor mount (warranty).

General Comments:

Suspension and chassis are great.

Spacious inside for its size (not so much on the rear).

Spacious trunk, but small opening.

Base engine is not race bred, but gets the job done.

Transmission algorithm is sporty.

Love the looks, inside and out.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2011

2006 Volvo S40 SE Sport 2.0 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


99.9% as good as a Beemer


Very minor oil leak from the rocker cover, fixed without fuss under warranty.

General Comments:

This car tends to be pitched as an Audi/BMW alternative by much of the motoring press. I can see why, the build quality is excellent, but for me there is no contest in this 3 way comparison; it's well known that the BMW 3 Series is a superb machine, but unfortunately it gained a reputation as being a bit of a berk mobile, being regularly spotted cutting people up and tailgating on the motorways with a general "get out of my way, I own the road" kind of stigma. It seems like the Audi A4 / A3 and VW Golf are now taking over this role, maybe the Beemer will lose its stigma if all the berks switch to VW/Audi ownership.

The S40, while in my opinion being very nearly as good as the Beemer and the Audi, doesn't suffer this reputation, you can still run around in a quality car, AND be let out at junctions by other motorists.

The interior is a pleasant place to be, quality plastics and a clean and tidy layout, the floating centre console is a work of art, seats are the best available, very comfortable on long journeys.

The Ford/PSA diesel engine is a touch noisy, but is very gutsy and returns 50 to the gallon as an average.

The dealer is brilliant, very very helpful, servicing is reasonable, but I nearly fell over backwards when I got a quote for new tyres; avoid the 17 inch wheels, they look great but you need to re-mortgage the house to change the tyres.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th October, 2008

22nd Jun 2012, 20:52

The only thing I would disagree about is regarding the interior. When new, it looked pretty good if a little low-rent compared to the German brands. But after 5 years, EVERYTHING has fallen apart. Oh, no, the seats are still great. But the door panels are so creaky that it sounds like shattering glass when you pull the door shut. The dash material has aged badly, almost dry rotting a little bit. The paint on the radio/climate buttons has faded, so you wouldn't know what button is which unless you are used to the car. That is the one issue with this car, the interior has not held up well at all.

Other than that, it's been a good car, reliable and pretty quick.

2006 Volvo S40 2.4L from North America


Windows rattle while driving over bumps (very annoying).

Key errors; the car doesn't start, you need to try a second or third time.

Air conditioning is faulty. 23-25 degrees Celsius blows cold air, have to turn it up to 28 degrees Celsius to feel warm air 80% of the time now. (even after I just brought it in for a repair)

Seat memory doesn't work, but the reclining and back/forward adjustments still do.

General Comments:

Losing faith in in the new electronic features of the new Volvos, but I still have faith in the safety and reliability.

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

Review Date: 2nd October, 2008

2006 Volvo S40 2.4 from North America


I wish this car worked as nice as it looks


Electrical/control problems.

Remote Key doesn't always work or doesn't work properly.

Drives door lock doesn't always work.

Power windows don't always work or work properly.

Temperature (comfort) controls don't always work.

Clicking feeling in brake pedal. More evident in rain.

General Comments:

Nice looking. Nice size. Easy to drive. Premium gas was a surprise. City and highway mileage vary significantly. Too many problems in only 6 months time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th May, 2007

26th May 2007, 17:57

The electrical problems will soon be resolved with gold terminals through the {A} pillar connections.

15th Jul 2007, 08:03

That clicking feeling in the brakes, particularly in the rain is likely your ABS system. Nothing to worry about, it's suppose to do that.