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Volvo S40, Sedan
Feb 08, 2005 (5:43 pm)
I personally would trust the new Volvo turbos more than I would trust the reliability of a Mercedes C240 4matic. Based on all the evidence I have seen, the C-Class has consistently exhibited statistically poor build quality and reliability. (The key word is "statistically", as volvomax pointed out with his 4Runner, everyone's mileage will vary.)
FWIW: I've always had good luck with BMW's, but these were all sedans built before the Bangle and iDrive re-designs, including the current E46 3-series.
FWIW, part deux: I leased an S40 2.4i with the premium pkg about nine months ago. Thus far, no problems; no defects; no concerns; and no unwanted noises, rattles, squeaks, etc. (Knock on woodgrain!) I haven't returned to the dealer since I drove it off the lot. I finally made an appointment for the complementary 7500-mile oil change service just a couple days ago. Not bad for a first-year (2004.5) model!
#1099 of 1807 Audio installation
Feb 10, 2005 (8:34 am)
I am planning to by a CD/MP3 player for my 2001 S40. Anyone knows where can I find installation instructions? Or if I can have someone to install it for me for a reasonable price?
#1100 of 1807 2.4i need premium gas?
Feb 10, 2005 (11:33 am)
Hi, I'm seriously considering a S40 2.4i, but I'm a value oriented buyer. I would prefer to use regular gas. Can you use regular or does the manufacturer recommend a higher grade? I asked the salesman, but got a fuzzy answer. If I have to use premium, I might just save my pennies and go for the T5. Also, I tried to get a set of golf clubs attached to a golf cart into the trunk. No go! This is a very important feature for me. I can't walk to the golf course. Any suggestions? Does anyone play golf using a cart and drive a S40?
#1101 of 1807 Re: 2.4i need premium gas? [mish02]
Feb 10, 2005 (3:55 pm)
I'm pretty sure consumer reports review said it uses regular
#1104 of 1807 Re: AutoExpress long term [creakid1]
Feb 11, 2005 (10:43 am)
Those Brits - test the sportier version and complain about jittery ride...
#1105 of 1807 Re: AutoExpress long term [lev_berkovich]
Feb 11, 2005 (10:47 am)
They probably spilled their tea in the cupholder and the take away curry stained the T-tec material.
#1106 of 1807 Re: AutoExpress long term [creakid1]
Feb 11, 2005 (3:52 pm)
Overall, the review is positive, but ... They say:
"However, we're not so convinced about the car's quality - and we think this might have something to do with the fact it has so much in common with the Focus. Two things are particularly frustrating: the gearbox and wind noise."
Well, neither the gearbox or the wind noise have anything to do with the Focus. The gearbox is unique to Volvo, coming straight out of the S60R, and the doors/seals (the source of the wind noise) are also unique to the S40.
It's fine to have an opinion, but shouldn't you at least try to connect the dots? Sheesh!
#1107 of 1807 All comparison tests,
Feb 11, 2005 (7:16 pm)
if any at all, showed that the new S40 beats all Focus (I & II) & Mazda3 in road noise. Sometimes that's enough to decide which C-1 to get.