1998 Volvo V40 Reviews - Page 3 of 3

1998 Volvo V40 T4 1.8 HP Turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 1.8 HP Turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance40000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Verada

Summary:

Underated and not appreciated in Australia (pity)

Faults:

Door stay snapped, Clunking noise from suspension when cold, loose hose to intercooler, a few annoying buzzes from the dash.

General Comments:

Generally happy with car but find the ride a little too firm/unrefined compared with my wife's Audi A4. Would really be perfect if offered as decent 4wd drive (like Audi Quattro,Subaru WRX).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th March, 2000

1998 Volvo V40 T4 CD 1.9 turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10

Faults:

ECU has been replaced 3 times - took until 27,000 miles to solve, turbo hose has blown off twice leaving me stranded, climate control not working for first 3 months, windows mist up.

Still problems with ECU engine stalls, holds back under load. When going well it is a refined car, but when you are along side an artic lorry and the engine decides to stop you begin to question your sanity.

General Comments:

My car has now done 67,000 miles and I have got used to the problems. It was even stolen when in for service at a Volvo main dealer, his help was appalling, and Volvo UK did not want to know. It is the worst garage customer service I have ever had in 25 years of new cars. It's my third and last Volvo - I should have learnt my lesson last time with my 850, it was crap - four gearboxes. I gave them another chance, bigger fool me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th July, 1999

8th Jun 2001, 10:43

I must agree with everything you say about poor after-sales service from Volvo, I would only consider another one if it was free.

I spent hours & many phone calls trying to sort out the transfer of my warranty to a new owner. The phone and fax number on my fancy looking warranty had been changed - no forwarding number given!

Volvo UK were no help at all. Eventually I managed to transfer the warranty - in all a truly miserable experience.

PS. I now own a Citroen - so far good service despite buying online & not from the dealer!!!

1998 Volvo V40 2.0T from Germany

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 2.0T
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Great car, probably the best engine of the 40 series, handles very well, though it is a little uncomfortable with the sports suspension, the interior could be better though, it is not like what Volvo used to produce.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 1999

1998 Volvo V40 SE 2.0 from Denmark

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 2.0
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10

Faults:

Rubber bushes for front and rear torsion bar replaced under warranty.

Rear door lock changed under warranty.

General Comments:

Very nice seats and interior - nice touring car.

In my opinion it is the best designed car ever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 1999

9th Jul 2005, 12:25

I agree entirely with you. Some people classify the V 40 as a "dull-car" concerning it's design. In fact I consider it a classic design, unspectacular, but very, very pleasant. Not to mention the rest of it (mechanic and so on) that is in my opinion simply perfect.

6th Aug 2011, 13:04

We, living in Norway, have such a car, 1998. So far the mileage is 120000 km. It is just fantastic. I will soon be 66, and I will not ever buy another car. V40, 2,0 SE, Yes!

1998 Volvo V40 T4 2.0 turbo (I think!) from Sweden

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo (I think!)
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10

Faults:

Nothing drastic. Ashtray lid won't go down.

General Comments:

Very nice car. Quick. Comfortable, but a bit of a tight squeeze inside. Hope Ford take good care of us Volvo owners...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 1999

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