1998 Volvo V40 Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1998 Volvo V40 T4 CD 1.9 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.9 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired28000 miles
Most recent distance40000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Sensible car, mental performance

Faults:

Loose front passenger seat. The dealer is in the process of fixing this.

General Comments:

Absolutely fantastic car with 200BHP, lots comfort and safety that is second to none.

Once you've driven a T model Volvo you will not want to drive anything else.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd October, 2002

23rd Feb 2005, 11:43

I totally agree the Volvo v40 t4 is a quick car.

1998 Volvo V40 2,0 SE 2.0 from Denmark

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance215000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Aerodeck

Summary:

Stylish solid family car

Faults:

A side trim list was replaced under warranty.

The car has a lot of km. now, but nothing have ever failed.

General Comments:

Solid family car. Safe and strong build. My V40 has had no failures what so ever. Normal service (oil+filter etc.) has been carried out and that is all it has ever cost me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd August, 2002

9th Jul 2005, 12:07

It is indeed an excellent car. The quality of the materials is very good. The seats are extremely comfortable. It is indeed a car very appropriate for long journeys. With the automatic climate control and the cruise control, on the highway you can go on forever, never feeling tired. Despite it's powerful engine (140 HP) you have the tendency to drive at a slower pace due to the extreme comfort. The fuel consumption is extremely reasonable and the stereo equipment (SC-805) (CD-cassette-radio) is a marvel. I had the chance to drive a brand new V50 and believe me, there's no difference between my car (1998-100.000km) and this new model. This car is really indestructible.

1998 Volvo V40 CD 2.0 Lt from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Lt Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired8000 miles
Most recent distance45500 miles
Previous carNissan Micra

Summary:

A safe, reliable, and very comfortable car

Faults:

Paint-work is very thin. It scratches off easily.

Battery needed replacement just after the warranty period.

A few bulbs have had to be replaced.

Apart from that, we have been very lucky.

General Comments:

Very reliable. Has only failed to start once due to the battery going.

Good performance, and good acceleration in sports mode.

Very comfortable on long journeys. Happy to cruise for hours in it. Seats are excellent.

On a full tank of petrol, we struggle to get 250 miles out of it. But that could be down to fast driving style!!!

Forward visibility on right hand bends is restricted due to pillar.

Steering wheel cannot be adjusted for reach.

Can be noisy in the cabin, with roof rack fitted. Also, boot not big enough for an Estate car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th June, 2002

6th Aug 2002, 06:38

I own a V40 T4 with A/C often on (Increasing fuel consumption). I only do city driving and get 340 Miles out of the 60-Litre tank. You virtually have to have a leak to do 250 Miles only. Get the car checked out.

1998 Volvo V40 CD 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired38000 miles
Most recent distance45000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

Very comfortable mile muncher

Faults:

Driver seat belt returns with quite a bit of oomph (I'm surprised that the buckle hasn't broken the door glass).

General Comments:

Good forward visibility.

Poor rear visibility.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th May, 2001

1998 Volvo V40 T4 CD 1.9 turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 218

Summary:

Sensible aethsetics - but manic driving

Faults:

Trip computer is faulty - reset button doesn't work so average speed, mpg etc. are inoperable.

Clock cannot be changed.

Ashtray flap fails to open.

General Comments:

Wolf in sheep's clothing - wife thinks I have a smart but sensible family estate!

A little disappointed with the pick-up when one puts a foot down - perhaps the turbo lag is more pronounced on this particular model. Once it does though it is quite quick. Torque steer is noticeable - need to hang on to the wheel. Ride is quite firm - you feel most of the bumps but then it's a sports model.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th October, 2000

1998 Volvo V40 T4 1.9 gas turbo from Sweden

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.9 gas turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance87000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 745 Turbo Intercooler

Summary:

A high performance family car

Faults:

Blew the host between the turbo and the intercooler.

Engine control chip was bad, engine is great after replacement of the chip.

General Comments:

In whole, a very good car (and fun too).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2000

1998 Volvo V40 SE 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance22500 miles
Previous carCitroen Xantia

Summary:

A practical high class tourer

Faults:

Engine management problems resulting in fluctuating and high idling speed. Took 3 visits to garage to correct.

Broken bonnet release cable.

General Comments:

Great to drive, excellent refined engine and lots of power from the light pressure turbo when required.

Excellent build quality and paintwork.

Classy interior.

Shame about the niggling faults.

Good load carrier without the bulk of the larger Volvo estates.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th March, 2000

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 17 reviews