Re: Thinking of S40 - Opinions?
My 1998 R reg has now got 316000 miles on it. I had a new gearbox at 80000
miles and last year at 270000 miles the cambelt snapped (bang on the sevice
interval, just unlucky) Got a second hand engine for £400 fitted. Guy said
that the first engine was still in top class condition and it was a shame to
replace but more cost effective to do so. Catalyser replaced at 172000 and
still going. Alternator and water pump replaced 212000. Headlamps do burn
out frequently but with regular maintenance you should be fine. Just keep
regular with the servicing and try to find a good mechanic. Mine still
starts first time every morning and although it looks a bit tired it still
gets me around. More than I can say for my Freelander (2003 52 plate, head
gasket failure at 43000, new engine time but covered under warranty, it goes
in the New Year!!!)
"Marvin" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Pat Quadlander wrote:
>> My wife's VW Passat 100,000 extended warranty just expired. This car has
>> needed a lot of repairs, and is not affordable without the warranty.
>> always driven slightly older Volvos, currently a '96 850 non-turbo.
>> Considering a similar model for my wife, or maybe a S40 turbo. She would
>> prefer the slightly smaller platform, better fuel efficiency, sportier
>> performance. No need to haul kids, we're 50-something empty-nesters.
>> What is group's opinion on S40? Worthy of Volvo traditional reputation
>> durability? I haven't driven one, but they look a little flimsy, maybe a
>> maintenance headache.
>> Are the 2000 - 2002 built well, or was this the typical first generation
>> problems era?
>> What are the typical problem spots?
>> Pat Q
> I have a 2000 S40, and I'm happy with it. The only maintenance problem
> that I know of is that the headlights burn out pretty fast. But you can
> get more definitive answersfrom the annual issue of Consumer Reports on
> used cars. Most libraries in the US subscribe. Or go to