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#88 of 198 2000 V40 brake pads
Jun 03, 2002 (10:38 am)
My sparely driven V40 was recently towed back to the dealer for the second time because it would not start. On the second visit the dealer replaced the battery because of a dead cell.
At that time I was told I would soon need to replace my rear brake pads, $135, with only 11,500 miles on the car. Outraged, I called Volvo of America and they admitted to brake replacement at about 15,000 miles on this model. They cited superior braking ability and engineer-chosen material. Otherwise they evade any consumer satisfaction, quality control, cost effectiveness, comparisons with other autos. I was alotted a mere 15% discount on the brake bill. Warranty did not cover any brake repairs.
The dealer admits to no knowledge of this markedly unsatisfactory feature; service departments reap the replacement fees.
So now I have a new car that will require costly brake pad replacement at a frequency of four times what other autos require.
The maintenance manual 'suggests' to check brakes every 15,000 miles;it never indicates replacment at designated mileage.
This devalues the car, makes it an unlikely resale item and make me a very unhappy owner.
One other flaw is the tail gate panel that wraps midway around the gate. Ours cracked and oxidized from black to gray.
I am finding other owners with the same brake pad experience and would like to hear from others.
#89 of 198 2000 V40 service costs 30K mi in Atlanta, GA
Jun 20, 2002 (2:57 pm)
How much is the cost for the 30k service? I am getting quotes of around $520 in Atlanta, GA.
#90 of 198 Pricing for 2002 V40??? 20-22k?
Jun 25, 2002 (7:35 pm)
So I stopped by a local dealer today to see if they had any used V40s and the sales manager mentioned he'd "cut me a great deal on a new one, around 20k." So I looked at the cars, which were as follows:
- Metallic Paint
- Sports Premium Package
Nautic Blue V40 (test drove)
- Metallic Paint
- Premium Plus Package
Black V40 (Showroom)
- Metallic Paint
- Premium Package
Obviously those are all MSRP. I've asked the dealer to send me a quote via email, and he hasn't done so yet. What's the best deal anyone has gotten recently?
#91 of 198 V40 Tape marks on Roof
Aug 17, 2002 (11:53 pm)
I too have noticed marks on the roof of my red v40 from the white dealer tape. I am interested to know if you spoke to the dealer about that. What are they willing to do about it? Anyone else notice the marks on their cars?
#92 of 198 New V40, Prem.+, &winter pkg.
Aug 18, 2002 (9:09 am)
First, I love my one month old V40. Replaced my '95 Subaru legacy wagon (which I also loved and passed on to family). Fairfax Volvo cleaned the Tape residue off the roof and hood. Gave me a detailed new car for $25K. Not bad. Handles like a dream. It is not underpowered, and is more comfortable and was cheaper than the fully loaded jetta wagon from the same dealer. Volvo 1.9T much smoother than VW 1.8T. Transmission is best I ever owned. So far, SO GOOD.
#93 of 198 HWY Pulse/Vibrate
Sep 16, 2002 (10:45 am)
I was wondering if anyone has experienced a pulsing or vibration at around 120 KM/H (65 Miles/hr) or so.
uneven brake wear?
I've got 30,000 kms on my v40, but I've only had it for 1 month and have put on about 6500 kms.
Any feedback appreciated.
Sep 16, 2002 (1:11 pm)
Well, if it happens when the brakes aren't applied, it's most likely an out-of-balance wheel. Take it to a good tire shop; they can probably diagnose it.
#97 of 198 how is the rear seat comfort for two people?
Mar 05, 2003 (8:46 am)
I just check the price on carsdirect.com in my area - $20540 for a v40! It is very close to my other choices I've been considering - subie legacy, passat wagon (more expensive). I am not so sure about the reliability of volvo's but given this is an 8 yr old design(and last model year), should they work the bugs out completely?
Cargo space is fine with me, I don't carry sheets of plywoods, just the regular stuff for 2 kids and I don't go crazy about it. Being in volvosville (Boston), there are plenty of good independent volvo mechanics I can go to for maintenance. And the rear seat comfort part I do not know. Anyone has any suggestions?