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Volvo S40, Sedan
#1767 of 1807 BLOWN HEAD GASKET
Feb 01, 2010 (9:16 pm)
I wanted to know if any one knows if the heads are alunminum on a 2000 Volvo s40?
#1768 of 1807 Seeking 2010 S40 Satisfaction Input- Esp. on Seats, Brakes
Mar 16, 2010 (1:38 pm)
I own a 2000 S40 and am considering the new one (Standard, not T5). I understand it is totally different from mine. I find the seats on mine extermely uncomfortable on longer drives ( 1+ hours). And the brakes, while okay, seem a little less responsive than I'd like, but that may be because I've previously had manual transmissions.
I'd appreciate feedback from owners on these issues -- or any other likes and dislikes you have on the car. Also any thoughts on the T-Tec vs leather.
Thank you so much!!
#1769 of 1807 Re: Seeking 2010 S40 Satisfaction Input- Esp. on Seats, Brakes [belle7478]
Mar 17, 2010 (7:17 am)
I own a 2006 T5 that has leather seats. I believe they are similar to 2010 (not sure). Brakes are excellent and probably similar across the line. Seating is typically euro firm and is a very individual thing. I like mine especially since I have lots of possible adjustments. I've seen messagers not care for the feel which is very different from Japanese soft or US couch like.. Be sure to schedule a long test ride before your final decision to purchase. Good luck.
#1770 of 1807 Re: Seeking 2010 S40 Satisfaction Input- Esp. on Seats, Brakes [snead_c]
Mar 17, 2010 (8:39 am)
Thank you for taking the time, snead. Very helpful.
#1771 of 1807 Re: Seeking 2010 S40 Satisfaction Input- Esp. on Seats, Brakes [snead_c]
Mar 23, 2010 (5:56 pm)
I also have a 2006 S40 T5 with leather seats. Overall the car is very nice, but I absolutely loath the leather seats. The side bolsters are too narrow, very firm and extremely uncomfortable on long drives. The right leg bolster restricts my leg position, which interferes with comfortable access to the gas pedal. I'm not a big guy (5'7", 150 lbs.), and even though the S40 is a compact car, maybe I'm just not the "right size" for these seats. If you plan on taking long drives, I suggest that you rent a S40 for a few days to evaluate the seats.
#1772 of 1807 Re: Seeking 2010 S40 Satisfaction Input- Esp. on Seats, Brakes [davidp158]
Mar 24, 2010 (4:56 am)
Thank you, David. We are about the same height and it is my right leg - actually thigh - that starts to hurt first, And then my rear. I find myself lifting myself out of my seat at a toll booth for a break! I wonder if the t-tec seats would make a difference vs the harder leather. I have seen a couple of reviews that mention seat comfort as a plus on this car. Edmunds recommends the t-tec over the leather.
#1773 of 1807 Re: Seeking 2010 S40 Satisfaction Input- Esp. on Seats, Brakes [belle7478]
Mar 24, 2010 (8:04 am)
belle7478 - I think the size and design of the S40 seats, combined with the gas pedal position are an ergonomic problem for me. If the bolsters on the fabric (t-tec?) seats are softer, that would probably help somewhat. When test driving Volvos, we did drive a few with the fabric seats, and thought they were fine. We probably went with leather thinking they were "better." BTW, the heated seat option is a wonderful option that I highly recommend. I complain about the seats, but I DO enjoy that they are heated.
Mar 26, 2010 (1:25 pm)
I have pretty severe spinal issues and was very disappointed with the seats on the S40's I tried last July. I tried all the years, '06, '07, '08 & '09 and with the t-tech and the leather and found them not up to Volvo's legendary comfort I'd heard so much about. Maybe the upper models get the great seats but I found them lacking. Decided to just keep my '06 Civic as they felt exactly the same to my spine.
My wife & I had a tense weekend discussing a swap...she thought I was nuts...but just couldn't justify spending the extra $ with my trade in. Still love the looks of the S40 but just couldn't do it. Hope your problems get better.