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Volvo S40, Sedan
#1751 of 1807 Re: New vehicle purchase?????????? [subearu]
Dec 11, 2009 (5:44 am)
Hi Brian & Paul:
I do not think that I will let the oil remain in the engine for 7500 miles. ------ I understand that the oil and filter service is pre-paid for the first 3 years or 36,000 miles, so I will supplement these services by changing my oil and filter at 3750 miles between the pre-paid oil & filter service. ---- (I will use the selling dealer for this service so I will be getting a Volvo filter and the correct oil.) ----- Most likely, I will use "DINO OIL" since synthetic is not required. (I would rather have clean oil every 3750 miles using "Dino Oil" than have synthetic oil running for 7500 miles.
Some of the earlier S40 vehicles seem to have electrical and transmission issues. ----- Have these problems been corrected for the 2009 / 2010 models? Any input on this issue would be greatly appreciated.
Best regards. ---------------- Dwayne
#1752 of 1807 Re: New vehicle purchase?????????? [djm2]
Dec 11, 2009 (7:02 am)
Mine is a 2006 T5 with all otions incl awd and 54000 miles on it. Only problems have been a loose electrical connection in the passenger door and a piece of rubber in the sunroof tearing twice. It's a solid feeling car and gives excellent mpg on the hiway..30+ and ok mpg miixed driving at 22 (high test prices). Paint holds up extra well. Power seat adjustments make for comfortable driving. I change my own oil and filter every 4500-5000 miles with Mobil 1 5w 30. The cabin filter change is not easy and I've used the dealer at a $125 cost.
We also own a 2009 Prius that's great in every respect except seating...Toyota reliability, very low maintenance costs, and 48+ mpg avg. on regular. Seats are supposed to be better in 2010.
#1753 of 1807 Re: New vehicle purchase?????????? [djm2]
Dec 11, 2009 (8:10 am)
Would seem that you'd be throwing money away doing the oil change more often than necessary, though I am certain your dealer wouldn't mind changing the oil more often for you on your dime. You shouldn't worry about going 7500 miles on the motor oil, it will be fine....
#1754 of 1807 Buying Prices - S40 '09 or 010?
Dec 11, 2009 (9:46 pm)
2009 S40 or 2010 S40 any suggestions for buying prices would be highly appreciated. I understand that the 2010 comes with the 5 years 60K warranty and maintenance...
Thanks in advance
Dec 12, 2009 (5:19 pm)
I have pretty severe spinal issues and was set to buy a S40 in early July but was turned off by the front seat...terrible actually and I tried a 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009 just to be sure. Very disappointed actually...guess the great seats are on the other models in the line-up. To be honest, the power drivers seat in the Sonata was hands down so much better. Finally solved my seating issues by putting my Relax The Back cushion in my Civic and it's been fantastic.
#1756 of 1807 Re: New vehicle purchase?????????? [snead_c]
Dec 18, 2009 (3:18 pm)
How did they fix the loose wire connection in the door? The power to my door went out then came back a day later. I'd like to do something before it goes out again. Thanks.
#1757 of 1807 Re: New vehicle purchase?????????? [51paul]
Dec 18, 2009 (4:54 pm)
A black rubber connector visible in the hinge when you open the front door. The tech just pushed the pieces together. I hope your solution is that simple.
#1758 of 1807 2010 S40 T5 AWD
Dec 30, 2009 (9:26 pm)
We just took delivery of a brand new Volvo turbo tonight - a first for us. Ran across something interesting in the owner's manual that the turbo should be allowed to spin down 'a short time' before you turn the engine off. The dealer didn't say anything about that, so I'm a little confused.
Most of the info online talks about 'hard driving'; so I can understand the cool down period. But most of our driving will be around town.
#1759 of 1807 Re: 2010 S40 T5 AWD [spdwy33]
Dec 31, 2009 (6:16 am)
All turbos are the same and work this way. It does have to do with hard driving, but the definition of what is hard driving is where it is grey. Turbos get very very hot and use oil to lubricate and air to cool. If you turn off a turbo car when the turbo is at high temperature, the oil that is inside will cook and potentially gunk up the turbo.
To avoid this, you want to make sure the oil continues flowing until the turbo cools down a bit. This can either be done sitting still idling or at low rpms for a few final minutes of driving. If you live in a development, for instance, the few minutes of low speed/low rpm driving through your local streets to your house will suffice. If, however, you live on a high speed road or very near a high speed road, you don't want to be driving 65 mph right up to your driveway, park and turn it off.
#1760 of 1807 Buying Decision on 2005/06 S40 after reading SERVICE BULLETINS!
Jan 01, 2010 (6:14 pm)
Looking at 2005-06 S40's and following this discussion. Decided to check Service Bulletins and 2006 had approx. 35 and 2007 around 12. Many electrical, air bag issues, etc. Realize all cars have service bulletins however looked a bit excessive to me. If I purchased an 05 or 06 certified vehicle in 2010, would I expect that all applicable recalls and service bulletins would have been completed and all clear on these issues? Or am I better off taking my dollars elsewhere for a reliable and safe vehicle at same pricepoint. Was hoping that was S40! Feedback from those who bought 2005/06 S40's appreciated. Looking for reliable, "smaller" mid-size with really good front/side stats and resale.Looking to make decision. Comments on S40 or alternate appreciated!