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#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..
#1661 of 1807 New owner of a 2006 S40 T5
Nov 06, 2007 (9:09 pm)
Well, I pulled the trigger and purchased the 2006 Volvo S40 T5 FWD. I was a little nervous about the squealing noise when going around corners, but it looked like it was due to low tire pressure. So now that I'm a proud owner of an S40, I have a few questions.
1. What gas should I use? The manual says 91 so I'm wondering if I really need to use that level or if 89 would be ok. I think I read some posts awhile back discussing it, but there are a lot of pages to look through now.
2. There is a plastic clip on the driver side window. In reading through the manual, it mentions this being a ticket holder or something like that. Can this be removed? This was a European delivery car so it may be something that is more standard on the European cars (I didn't notice it on the 2007 Volvo S40s).
3. Any other tips and tricks on owning an S40 or configuring it?
#1662 of 1807 Re: New owner of a 2006 S40 T5 [mfrench]
Nov 07, 2007 (5:55 am)
congrats! enjoy it!
As for the plastic clip, I had one on my S70. It is, as it states, just for holding something there. Like maybe a parking stub. I never had the desire to remove it, but I think it may be more trouble than its worth. I don't know if the a-pillar trim is holding it on? or it could even be the windshield seal. I would say, if it really bothers you, pull the a pillar trim and see what you can see. You could always cut it off, I suppose.
As for gas, any non-high-performance vehicle can run regular gas, but at the cost of horsepower and possibly mileage, but it won't damage the vehicle. So you may want to experiment. Try a few tanks of premium, then a few tanks of regular, while recording your mileage. Of course, you are also in the break-in period, so the mileage will naturally increase as the miles pile on, so keep that in mind.
#1663 of 1807 Re: New owner of a 2006 S40 T5 [mfrench]
Nov 07, 2007 (9:41 am)
> There is a plastic clip on the driver side window. In reading through the manual, it mentions this being a ticket holder or something like that. Can this be removed? This was a European delivery car so it may be something that is more standard on the European cars (I didn't notice it on the 2007 Volvo S40s).
We have a 2007. The manual says that we have one but we don't. It must have been dropped sometime after the manual went to bed.
Yes, it is to hold parking garage receipts while parked. Some garages require that the receipt be visible on the dash.
#1664 of 1807 Re: New owner of a 2006 S40 T5 [blumstein]
Nov 07, 2007 (11:00 am)
One other question, what service should I have done at the dealer versus just at a regular mechanic? For example, I'd like to get the tires rotated and I'm wondering if I can just take it to a local shop (there's a Walmart next to my work) or if I should get these things done at the dealer (which is a lot farther away).