2003 Volvo V40 1.6 petrol from Norway


Sell it, before it breaks down


Well everything is wrong or is breaking down.

Heat in the driver's seat doesn't work.

Automatic thermostat for the climate control broke.

Gears are hard to change, due a worn seal in the gearbox (common issue).

Rear brake caliper rusted/stuck.

Rear windshield wiper fell off from the "arm" holding it.

Water/condensation in the left front light (common issue).

Cracks in brake hose front (common issue).

Brake oil lamp lit up because of sensor failure?

One broken rear suspension.

General Comments:

It's a good looking car and handles well. Interior looks modern too.

Fuel efficient and perfect for city driving. On the highway it's noisy though.

Bought this used, but I do regret it, since it ain't a real Volvo. My Volvo 740GL 1987 had passed 540000km when sold, my Volvo 850SE 1995 had 360000km when sold, and my S70 1999 had 240000km before being hit by another car.

So what happened? This won't last forever, for sure, with all its weaknesses.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st March, 2012

2003 Volvo V40 sport lux 2.0 turbo from UK and Ireland


It is the best car I've ever driven


The power assisted steering fluid leaked, on the sport lux the front skirting tend to hit bumps on the road I've had it replaced once. The clutch started to leak as well.

General Comments:

.The car is got some go in it.

.The wooden cabin looks very nice.

.The seats are really comfortable.

.It has a solid feeling when you get in the car you feel safe as well.

.The rear seats are a bit small for three teenagers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th May, 2005

2003 Volvo V40 1.8 from Denmark


High quality for a reasonable price


No big problems so far, but a few minors. The front seat does not lock when moved. You have to push it to get it locked.

The wiper on the headlights has been change due noise when used.

General Comments:

The car is very comfortable with all the extras that makes the ride relaxing.

The 1,8 liter engine is a bit too small for the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th December, 2003

2003 Volvo V40 1.9 gas from North America


Love Volvo, love the car!


Paint on the hood was blotchy in spots, and after the Volvo rep looked at the car, it was determined that it happened sometime between shipping and getting to the dealer. They originally thought it might be tree sap from the parking lot.

Leather seats are very comfortable, but I can tell they are not as durable as on my Ford. I can already see wear marks appearing.

General Comments:

In general, it's a good and solid buy for someone that wants the durability and safety of a Volvo, but that does not want to pay the extra for the V70 or XC90.

The gas mileage on the V40 is surprisingly good, and improves greatly when cruise control is used.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th October, 2003

2003 Volvo V40 from North America


Quality ----and it will cost you too!


Cruise control works (some of the time.

Brakes went out at 16K mark.

Gas mileage is below average.

General Comments:

The V40 is a dynamic little runabout.

Excellent power with the attached turbo.

Power comes at a price with dismal gas mileage.

The blackest mark is the fact that, as the dealer told me, it is common place to have the back brake pads go out around 15K miles.

The salesperson failed to let us now about this unique design feature.

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

Review Date: 14th July, 2003