Review: Volvo S40/V40 (1996 – 2004)
Practical, safe, roomy and well equipped. Turbo versions are very rapid, GDIs frugal. Impressive results for late models in Warranty Direct Survey.
Below standard handling, ride and steering. Build quality problems with earlier cars. 1996 - 2000 best avoided, especially 1.8 GDIs. 2000 - 2004 okay. But all these cars are very old now.
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While Volvo S40/V40 1.6 does not have a D.M.F. (1.8 AND 2.0 models do), there is a widely reported failure of VVT Pulleys (costing £ 400-500) in all models. Expected life can be quite low. Seems... Read more
5th= least likely car built 1997-2009 to suffer expensive problems according to Warranty Direct December 2012 Reliability Index , with an index of 16. 99% breakdown free in 2003 Which survey.... Read more
Volvo S40 1996-2004 rated by Warranty Direct as the joint 5th Most Reliable Car of the past 15 years based on Warranty Direct claims statistics. Read more
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