Last post on Jul 01, 2011 at 6:51 AM
You are in the Volvo S40
What is this discussion about?
Volvo S40, Sedan
#1698 of 1807 Re: S40 being phased out for S60 [s60leaser]
Jul 04, 2008 (11:17 am)
Well, I am looking at it from another point of view. I am presently leasing a 2008 S40 which I really love. I am seriously considering buying it out at lease end so that I don't have to get a bloated S40/60 or deal with the new model shakedown problems that Volvos always seem to have. The current S40 is a mature car with no apparent genetic problems that I am aware of. If I were you, the answer would be a no-brainer -- I'd get the current model in a heartbeat.
#1699 of 1807 Re: S40 being phased out for S60 [s60leaser]
Jul 05, 2008 (7:38 am)
The new S60 isn't due until April 2010
So, I'd get the current car.
#1700 of 1807 Re: S40 being phased out for S60 [volvomax]
Jul 06, 2008 (11:51 am)
Thanks for the feedback-Anyone have an issue with the "Blind Spot" in the current S40? Dealer said "Yes, but you just have to remove the rear headrests and its better..."
#1701 of 1807 Re: S40 being phased out for S60 [s60leaser]
Jul 06, 2008 (2:12 pm)
Yes, mine have been in storage since week one...we do not have backseat riders so no safety issue there.
#1702 of 1807 Re: S40 being phased out for S60 [s60leaser]
Jul 06, 2008 (3:03 pm)
For whatever reason, the auto-dimming rear view mirror is larger than the non auto-dimming.
I feel more comfortable driving the S40 w/ the auto-dimming mirror.
#1703 of 1807 Re: S40 being phased out for S60 [s60leaser]
Jul 06, 2008 (4:44 pm)
Your question about the blind spot threw me for a loop. I have had a 2008 S40 for six months and never noticed there was a blind spot on the right rear side. I just took my car out for a spin, and I still don't think the car has a blind spot. The small triangular rear window even provides added security and an extended field of vision. I have had any number of cars with RR blind spots that ranged from somewhat annoying to outright dangerous. With the 2008 S40, maybe it is a problem for a shorter or taller driver. I am 6'0" and, as far as I am concerned, the problem doesn't exist.
#1704 of 1807 Re: S40 being phased out for S60 [volvobuff]
Jul 08, 2008 (7:21 am)
Well, I am NOT short! but significantly less tall than 6'... I also asked the dealer about a larger rear view mirror-he said he had never been asked that and had no idea if Volvo even offered one... This is the same dealer who is trying to talk me into an S80 as
" cheaper than an s40 lease". Somehow I don't think his numbers will add up...
#1705 of 1807 Re: S40 being phased out for S60 [volvomax]
Jul 08, 2008 (7:23 am)
Is it actually a larger mirror? I asked the dealer about a larger mirror-Said he has never heard of one,...
#1706 of 1807 Re: S40 being phased out for S60 [s60leaser]
Jul 08, 2008 (7:43 am)
Actually, they may well add up. I got the same pitch from one dealer when I was shopping for my S40. He had a lot of unsold S80s on his lot that he wanted to move. The current model S80 has never sold well, starting from its introduction, and Volvo has heavily subsidized this model with very aggressive leasing and purchase deals from day one. I test drove all three S80 models and was underwhelmed by all of them. The normally-aspirated 6 is the only cost-effective model, but the transmission was badly matched to the engine performance. The V-8 was the only model with decent performance, but its MSRP is way too high (10K more than the 6) and it provides lousy gas mileage. I would gladly get a large Volvo if it were a decent car, but I just don't think Volvo has the genes to produce a large luxury sedan. My 2008 T5 S40 and 2007 T5 V50 purchases were no-brainers: great cars and decent performance at a reasonable price.
#1707 of 1807 Re: S40 being phased out for S60 [s60leaser]
Jul 09, 2008 (9:41 am)
Actually, the S80 DOES lease for less than the S40.
You have to get a 3.2 w/out many options.
The auto dim mirror is the one you want in the S40.