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Volvo S40, Sedan
#1651 of 1807 Re: Devil's advocate question: I like the S40, but - [qbrozen]
Oct 14, 2007 (4:43 pm)
I agree. Personal preference is the key. Practically speaking...save $10,000 and purchase a Fit or Yaris (preferably used.)
Balancing emotional, practical, and financial requirements accounts for that great range of 4 wheeled contraptions in the market place.
What do you REALLY want ? How much comfort can you live without (or with )? What can you spend on more than simple transportation ? How important are air filtration, Blue tooth, or even self parking ? Firm ride or plush...
At different stages in my life I've purchased a clunker, a rocket, and both Accord and Volvo. They each fitted my "package" at the time.
I currently find my 2006 Volvo S40 T5 to be a great ride. It's solid, comfortable and has great milage on the highway cycle where I spend most of its miles. I'm sure I could find great things to say about the new Accord. It really looks neat and it is a Honda ! They do drive differently and I'd urge you to drive both.
#1652 of 1807 Thank you, guys -
Oct 15, 2007 (11:14 am)
for a considered response. I will concede this: there's something about the thickness of the metal and the quality of the paintwork on the Volvo that's 'a cut above.' This is a very unscientific observation, I'll admit. It does seem that the all the European cars (Volvo, Audi, VW, MB) still look sharp after 7 or 8 years - while the Japanese product seems to show its age.
#1653 of 1807 Volvo S40 locking problem
Oct 16, 2007 (1:05 pm)
I only have a key to open and lock my 2001 S40.
Sometimes it locks, other times it doesn't.
Any advice ??
#1654 of 1807 Re: Volvo S40 locking problem [zeeker1]
Oct 17, 2007 (10:50 am)
so you mean you don't have a remote? you stick the key in the door and what happens? your turn it and get no response?
#1655 of 1807 Re: Volvo S40 locking problem [qbrozen]
Nov 06, 2007 (9:18 am)
I'm considering buying a 2006 Volvo S40 T5 FWD. I test drove it last night and one thing I noticed is the tires squeal with full acceleration from a stop. I had also test drove the AWD previously and didn't notice this being a problem.
Is this just an issue you have to be careful of with the FWD Turbos or should I be concerned about this being a problem with this specific car? It was easy enough to resolve by just accelerating more evenly from a stop, but wanted to check with others to see if they have noticed this.
#1656 of 1807 Re: Volvo S40 locking problem [mfrench]
Nov 06, 2007 (9:31 am)
Yes, it is a good amount of power flowing through the wheels. It is the same with any car with enough power, regardless of FWD or RWD or turbo or not.
AWD provides better traction given all wheels are turning, so that is why it wasn't a problem with that car.
Yes, you can just go a bit easier on initial throttle application to avoid spinning the tires. Alternatively, you could buy stickier rubber.
#1657 of 1807 Re: Volvo S40 locking problem [qbrozen]
Nov 06, 2007 (12:06 pm)
Thanks for the response, that makes sense. So right now I'm torn between getting a Saab 9-3 and a Volvo S40. They are basically priced the same and have the same set of features and performance. Any arguments to go one way or the other? I'm leaning towards Volvo because it seems to have better reliability and safety features than the Saab, but Saab seems to have good safety as well. Thanks.
#1658 of 1807 Re: Volvo S40 locking problem [mfrench]
Nov 06, 2007 (12:08 pm)
i've never heard good things about saab reliability. And, while the volvo resale isn't very good, saab is even worse.
#1659 of 1807 Re: Volvo S40 locking problem [qbrozen]
Nov 06, 2007 (1:02 pm)
I concur - one of the greatest values out there is a 2 YO Saab.
#1660 of 1807 Re: Volvo S40 locking problem [mfrench]
Nov 06, 2007 (5:00 pm)
I have 28000 miles on my 06 T5 AWD and I like it more every day...milage is great cruising (29-32)and it seems to be 'smoother" now than when it was new..