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Volvo S40, Sedan
#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!
#1761 of 1807 Re: Buying Decision on 2005/06 S40 after reading SERVICE BULLETINS! [susan_spencer]
Jan 01, 2010 (7:23 pm)
If buying certified, yes, all recalls should have been performed. However, it is easy enough to check in the service department. They can pull up a full service history on the car and print it out for you.
#1762 of 1807 Re: Buying Decision on 2005/06 S40 after reading SERVICE BULLETINS! [susan_spencer]
Jan 01, 2010 (7:45 pm)
I agree with gbrozen. Also, fwiw, the only problems I've had are an ignition switch replaced out of warranty ($300), door window switch replaced in warranty, and a rubber vanity strip on the sun roof under warranty. It's a very good car but for similar $ I'd look at new or close to new Civic, Corolla, or Fit...you'd get fairly safe cars, warranty and Honda-Toyota reliability.
#1763 of 1807 Re: Buying Decision on 2005/06 S40 after reading SERVICE BULLETINS! [snead_c]
Jan 01, 2010 (9:10 pm)
Appreciate feedback! Sounds like you'd both recommend S40. Don't know what years you own but perhaps you can tell me if pretty normal to have 12 or 20 bulletins in a given year. Does that mean that 05/06 owners were at dealer that many times making these repairs? Perhaps some completed prior to taking ownership?
Test drove Civic- which feels too small as does the Fit. Corolla is possibility but concerned with drive with EPS-electric power steering. Overall more comfortable in small mid-sized sedan that rides higher-more neutral to ground. Want safety and reliability for sure but some comfort is also nice!
Perhaps certified 05/06 S40 could be looked at as low risk purchase. If I get a great price and drive for 2-4 years, I imagine I would not be in too bad of a position on resale?
Your feedback is appreciated!
#1764 of 1807 Re: Buying Decision on 2005/06 S40 after reading SERVICE BULLETINS! [susan_spencer]
Jan 02, 2010 (9:40 am)
Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) are very different from Recalls. A TSB is merely a message to the dealers stating something like "if you hear of this problem, we have a solution and here it is." A recall, on the other hand, is when notices go to all owners to let them know something is wrong and it should be fixed.
You could have 100 TSBs for a particular model car, but the owner may only experience 5 of those or even none of those.
If I recall correctly, our Honda had something like 40 TSBs.
I don't own an S40, but I've owned a couple of volvos and love them.
Jan 02, 2010 (10:53 am)
This is essentially the same car...just more reliable. Wife tried both but hated the rear headrests...blocked vision, so she went with the 3s model. More economical 4 cylinder engine and a silky smooth tranny. I also looked to trade my Civic last July for an S40 and was very unimpressed. Having severe spinal issues figured the Volvo seats would be a better fit for me but the S40 seats were nothing special...as good as my Civic's. All the pre-owned cars had "issues" and the $ they wanted was just plain stupid.
Truly feel the Mazda 3 is a better application of this car with far less "issues" or recalls to worry about. The Hyundai Sonata power seats were far better than the S40's after driving both back to back. It's your $, but I for one want a drama free ride...and the S40 ain't it. Even my mechanic said "stay away" as parts are more expensive and the reliability factor just isn't there for this premium econo car.
#1766 of 1807 Re: Buying Decision on 2005/06 S40 after reading SERVICE BULLETINS! [susan_spencer]
Jan 02, 2010 (10:57 am)
Mine is 2006 T5 awd
Likes : awd, solid feel, paint finish, 30+ highway mpg, safety reputation, seat comfort
Dislikes: high test gas requirement, expensive and limited available service, difficult and expensive cabin air filter replacement
I just read sandman's reply and I agree on the Mazda option