For some reason, Volvo C30, S40, and V50 models are sensitive to weak batteries. That was probably causing the electrical glitches (except for the burnt out bulbs).
All of the European brands are plagued by electrical problems, and have been for years. Ford may be at fault in this case, but it's hardly unusual.
I agree that the interior is pretty underwhelming.
Without the turbo, the S40 feels like it's stuck in molasses. The lack of power at this price point is appalling. A very expensive, but better-looking Focus.
The 2.4 isn't the best engine for the S40... for better performance, the T5 is the one to have! There is no power shortage with this unit... wow! What a car!
After a 20-year string of Lincolns, our family decided to try a Volvo S-60 in 2003. It was the most underwhelming car we ever drove boring, and as bland as a Camry, and no more luxurious than a Ford Fusion. Switched back to Lincoln (the incomparable MKZ) in 2006, and plan to stay there.
Complete opposite for us - after years of driving Volvo's, we fancied a change and 'upgraded' to a Lexus, then BMW before an Audi, but NO WAY are these cars better... we have just ordered another Volvo, and will be staying there! Nothing can beat one for comfort or character... A Volvo isn't trying to be German or anything else other than a Volvo, and fair play for them for that. Volvo for life.
I can't imagine even comparing a Volvo to a BMW. That is sort of like comparing a Toyota Corolla to a Rolls Royce. The Volvo is basically a run-the-mill car in the same class as a Chevy Malibu or Ford Fusion. To even compare it to true luxury cars such as Lincoln or Buick, or sport sedans such as BMW, is a real stretch. My family has driven 5-series BMW's, E-class Mercedes, Lincolns and Buicks, as well as Volvo. I'd rate Volvo at the bottom of the barrel. For out-and-out luxury, nothing beats the Lincoln or Buicks. For handling, the BMW takes it. The Volvo got us from point A to point B, and that's about all it did.
Umm... have you ever actually owned a Buick or Lincoln. Go and sit inside a new S80 or XC60, and tell me that the quality of the plastics in the Lincoln/Buick is anywhere near as good. They simply are not. Volvo has come on a lot just recently, and are now very good cars, right up there with Audi and BMW. I'm sorry, but it's true.
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