2001 Volvo V40 SE 1.8 Bi-Fuel from UK and Ireland


Reliable, comfortable and very cheap motorway transport


Nothing at all has gone wrong with this car over the 12,000 miles I've had it (and judging by the service records, nothing had gone wrong in the previous 69,000 miles either).

I've been told by many people that running on Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) causes much less engine wear and this certainly seems to be the case.

Due to the large number of motorway miles, there are a few stone chips, but these have only gone down to the primer paint, so no resulting rust spots.

General Comments:

If you have to do a lot of motorway miles and also pay for the fuel yourself, then this has got to be the only choice. The comfort and noise level is not in the luxury car class, but it's way better than most diesels in terms of noise at speed. It's also cheaper to run than a diesel. I only get 29mpg (34 on petrol) but at current prices (at the time of writing, LPG is 39.9 Pence per liter (sorry - I'm forced to use American spellings on this website for some reason) versus 83.9 Pence for Diesel) this car saves me a fortune! It's a Volvo, so I expect reliability. The only downside is that Volvo hourly rates for servicing are ridiculously high in my opinion. The upside is that it's fairly cheap to insure and also a third party warranty can take away the worry of high service and repair costs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd December, 2004

2001 Volvo V40 T 1.9 turbo from North America




Nothing has gone wrong wih the car, other than my totaling it in an intersection last week.

General Comments:

I am compelled to inform others as to how this car performed in an accident. I "T" boned a Hyundai in an intersection. The V40 absorbed the impact beautifully and the only injury suffered by me is a sore foot (my braking foot). The young Hyundai driver is OK too, though wiser.

Unfortunatley, the V40 is a right off. $23 thousand (Canadian) in damages.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th November, 2004

2001 Volvo V40 from North America


Something is wrong with the model design


Several things have gone wrong in the 15 months I've owned this car:

The gear shift had to be replaced because it got stuck in gear.

Then a radiator cap had to be replaced.

Then they said that the battery was old (3 months after I bought it).

Then the car wouldn't start and they said that the ignition didn't recognize my car (the immobilizer?)

As we speak, the car is in the shop because the battery is dead, the one that is only a year old (the warning light never came on).

The week before that, the tail lights went out.

General Comments:

The car runs well and is easy to handle when it runs well, but 6 trips to the shop in 15 months is very frustrating.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st August, 2004

5th Dec 2004, 15:52

I purchased a second hand V40 six months ago. 28,000 miles on the clock. It has been back to the dealer garage at least eight times. Currently waiting to go in again. Unsafe to drive as clutch not working and virtually impossible to get into gear. Slave cylinder renewed only five days ago!

2001 Volvo V40 1.8i SE 1.8i from UK and Ireland


Good, but could be more reliable


I noticed a crunch between when changing between second and third gear, not long after I had the car and reported this to the dealer who said they could not find it.

Since then the service manager has been very good. He drove the car and noticed it immediately. So the dealer replaced the gearbox.

However the gearbox still crunches between second and third. The service manager has agreed and it is now to have the linkages stripped again to see if this will rectify this fault.

The steering rack was replaced at 23,000 miles.

The engine cover was vibrating and was replaced at 12,000 miles.

The front and rear sections of the exhaust have been replaced as they were "buzzing".

The front door window motors / lifting gear was running very slowly, so it has been greased, which worked. However, the front near side passenger speaker was then loose, but has been refitted.

There is a knock from the rear near side suspension and the alarm is now not working so it is about to go back to have these faults fixed.

General Comments:

The engine is very sweet, its the 122 horse power version which needs revved to get the most performance from it, but treat it well and low 40's mpg is quite possible on a long journey.

There is not much room in the back for tall adults, but its adequate for day to day travel.

The specification is good on the SE, with leather, cruise control, climate control, remote central locking, a CAT 1 alarm, a good radio, cassette and single CD and an information computer giving fuel consumptions, external temperature and mileage.

If was not for the numerous faults I would say this car offers a great package of comfort, refinement, practicality and value for money. However, my experience has been marred by so many faults in only 2 years, but I have to say the dealer so far has been good and attended to all these under the warranty and given me a courtesy car on each occasion.

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

Review Date: 30th May, 2004