The 2.0 Skodas from around this time burned lots of oil from new. The 1.4 8v engines blow head gaskets and the 1.4 16v has a list of other faults. I won't even mention the gearbox problems on all of the VW/Audi/Skoda/Seat cars from this era. Solid German engineering is a myth.
1996 Volvo V40 CD 2.0 from UK and Ireland
Excellent car, let down by after sales service
Leaked rainwater into the boot.
Very handy workhorse yet still look very stylish.
Performance is good, but a bit unrefined at higher revs.
Extremely comfortable seats.
Astonishingly bad after sales service from Volvo main agent. This is a shame because it will deter me from buying another.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 4th March, 2001
7th Mar 2001, 08:18
If you have genuinely been badly treated by the main agent then you should write to Volvo UK. If your complaints are justified then I know from experience that they will come down like a tonne of bricks on any dealership that steps out of line.
1996 Volvo V40 CD 2.0 16v injection from UK and Ireland
Good solid workhorse, with loads of refinement
Rattling back door since I purchased the car, never really gone away.
The trip computer external heat sensor is stuck at 50 degrees?
Driveshaft needs replacing at 100,000 miles.
Shattered catalytic convertor at 88,000 miles.
The car has just topped 100,000 miles and - given this - I cannot complain. No major mechanical failures - only general wear that would be expected at much lower mileages than the car has travelled. Original exhaust still on the car!
Good tight ride as the car has uprated suspension - definitely an improvement on standard cars driven.
I shall be upgrading to a T4 as the only problem is lack of acceleration onto motorways.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th June, 2000
Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 4 reviews