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#147 of 198 Re: buying a 2003 V40...maybe [www1]
Oct 10, 2004 (9:37 am)
Ask one question of Volvo (Ford).
Do you warrantee the brakes? Go from there.
This will be the first question I would ask in buying any Volvo. Expect the same answer and the same results.
Near great cars with no brake life.
I guess Volvos slogan should be.
"Volvo for no brake life". heh heh heh (so bad you have to laugh)
Low reliability cars with high maintenance costs.
#148 of 198 Re: HELP: 2001 V40 with HU-615 premium sound system and speakers [zsebbencs
Oct 24, 2004 (7:38 pm)
Hi, I have a 2002 v40 with similar problems. In fact, my speakers gave out within the first 2 months of car ownership. I had them replaced by the dealer after having someone crawl around my car to listen closely to my speakers for 20 minutes. I mostly listen to npr so, there is no explanation for the poor quality other than shoddy equipment. Good luck!
#149 of 198 Lease id over, so is Volvo (Life) Sentence
Dec 15, 2004 (9:17 am)
Returned the V40 on Dec. 1. This after having more trouble with rearview mirror, crankshaft position sensor (poor/no starting), fuel pump (poor starting), the ongoing transmission trouble etc. etc. "Volvo for Life" is over for me, sure does feel like it.
Summary: a hoot to drive, gas miser, maintenance too expensive (brakes, e.g.), very unreliable (3 tows in 4 yrs), no value for money; must have backup car if you live in the boonies.
Anyway, done and over. Yappadappadoo.
See also message 148
#150 of 198 2004 V40 better?
Feb 27, 2005 (11:20 am)
Have wanted a V40 since I first drove one but due to poor ratings, have stayed away. 2004 V40 did best of any. Am due to replace my old Subaru Outback and considering a 2004 V40 ONLY.
Can anyone speak to whether the 2004's have the same brake/light/plastic/random problems I have read about repeatedly here??? Consumer reports gave good ratings to it but who knows...
Any 2004 owners out there?
#151 of 198 Re: 2004 V40 better? [discodoc]
Feb 27, 2005 (11:47 am)
The 2004 V40's were fine cars, no light problems.
The brake issue isn't a defect but rather a side effect of the brake design.
The V40's brakes are smaller than any other Volvo's. In order to assure safe stopping more work is done by the rear brakes than in any other Volvo. Consequently, the brake pads tend to wear out sooner. Also, since the rotors cannot be turned they also have to be replaced sooner rather than later.
If the extra maintenance on the 40 series brakes bothers you you might want to consider the V50 instead.
#152 of 198 Re: 2004 V40 better? [volvomax]
Feb 28, 2005 (3:23 pm)
Appreciate the reply and the explanation for brakes. Hard to know if it will bother me. Any idea how often and how much we're talking about with regard to brake servicing?
Other than that, anything I should know or realize if buying? Competing vehicles are 2003 LL Bean Outback or new 2005 Outback XT Ltd. Have always had a soft spot for V40 but don't want to make a decision I'll regret. Husband who is SUPER practical will get to say "I told you so"...
#153 of 198 Re: 2004 V40 better? [discodoc]
Mar 01, 2005 (2:58 pm)
How often is dependent on driving habits.
Could be every 10-15,000 miles or every 30-40,000 miles.
Now, if you are also looking new, the V50 bears looking at. Much nicer car than the V40 IMO.
#154 of 198 Re: HELP ! it won't turn off [arbeaupain]
Mar 13, 2005 (3:35 pm)
did you ever find an answer, i'm going thru the same experience
#155 of 198 Pealing Steering wheel
Apr 15, 2005 (7:54 am)
Wonder if anyone else has had trouble with their steering wheel pealing/ bubbling
I own a 2004 V40 and the dealer advise me that it must have been by a ring ?
#156 of 198 Re: Pealing Steering wheel [mugster1]
Apr 15, 2005 (11:17 pm)
No peeling steering wheel on our 40K mile 2003.
We have also had the rear brakes replaced at 15K and my wife has been complaining of occasional weird shifting that the dealer claims to not be able to reproduce.
The brake thing doesn't bother me, but I wish the "stealer" would own up to the tranny thing before our warranty is up.
We really love the care otherwise and plan on driving it for a long time.