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Volvo S40, Sedan
#293 of 1807 2001 Volvo S40
Jul 15, 2000 (6:33 pm)
Thank you Mashdill for the information that you provided about some of the changes for the 2001 S40 Volvo.
However, do you or does anyone out there have any news of other changes like improvement in A/C system so it doesn't stop after 2-4 hours of continuous use on hot days?
Also, what is the name and/or e-mail address of a person at Volvo who is the liason with the auto publications for news releases?
Thanks again for your help!
#294 of 1807 question about 2001
Jul 18, 2000 (8:01 am)
Does anybody know if S40 will come with a stick shift at 2001 or at any other time?
Jul 19, 2000 (6:10 am)
Too bad if they don't have stick for this car since the engine seem pretty good. This car can outsell both Audi A4 and BMW 323i if volvo put stick shift and a real "sport package"
(bigger wheel + lower, better suspension)for the same price as now.
Jul 19, 2000 (4:49 pm)
I think the lack of a manual tranny is a glaring oversight in this car. After all the criticism heaped upon Volvo by the press and public about this, you'd think they'd have listened...
#297 of 1807 lancefixer
Jul 20, 2000 (12:55 am)
Regarding post #306:
lancefixer, there is an I believe always has been a manual tranny for this car. It is offered outside of North America only though. While the press has noted the utility of a manual for this car I think it would be overstated to say they've heaped criticism on the car for the lack of a manual in the US. The main reason why a stick isn't offered here on this car is because there isn't enough demand to justify the cost of EPA certification (which could run into the millions). However, if enough people, keep complaining online perhaps we can generate enough demand to warrant the investment by Volvo in certifying a manual for the US. Perhaps...
Jul 20, 2000 (8:11 am)
I am not sure how many volvo can sell if they bring the stick S40/V40 into the state. However, if volvo (or ford) want to bring this car here to compete the BMW or other "European Sport Sedans"; then in that case, they forgot to check out that almost 50% of BMW 3-series sold in the state are stick shift.
#299 of 1807 americans and stick shifts
Jul 20, 2000 (2:53 pm)
they can't sell the stick volvo because people here in america are too busy running into the median,talking on their cell phones and fumbling with the "inconvenient cupholders" installed in so many cars.
you know, i have seen too many people here at edmunds saying they are dissatisfied with their cars because the cupholder is not to their specifications... it's time for an economic downturn, so people will have to think about REAL issues again.
#300 of 1807 Wonderwall...
Jul 20, 2000 (2:57 pm)
It may sound stupid, but I won't buy a Jetta or Golf because of their cup holders. Of course, I always have a drink in the car with me (commute 100 miles a day), so it has to be in a convenient place. It may sound stupid to you, but it's a little important to me. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.
Jul 21, 2000 (6:59 pm)
I'm fully aware the car is available with a stick (and a whole lot of engine choices, too,) outside the US. That doesn't do me or any other American enthusiast any good, though, does it? In this class of car that Volvo is competing in, though, most cars have manual trannies available. (Passat, Accord, Camry, Saab 9-3, Infiniti G20, A4 1.8T, Maxima...)
Most of the reviews I've read, rollie, even Edmunds, have noted the lack of a manual as a bad move on the part of Volvo.
#302 of 1807 a/c thoughts,etc.
Jul 28, 2000 (2:02 am)
Just reading through the postings after not having been to this site for a while:
1. I haven't experienced the a/c problem here in Michigan, but it's been a mild summer so far. As an engineer for an automotive climate control company (not the producer of the S40's system) it sounds to me like the evaporator core may be freezing up. This can happen if the a/c controls are not properly modulating refrigerant flow or if the moisture is not able to shed off of the evaporator fast enough. I would first recommend checking to make sure the evaporator's drain tube is not clogged up.
Meanwhile, if the problem occurs while driving down the road try turning to the heater for a few minutes to "thaw out" the evaporator.
2. Had a flat on my S40 yesterday. Found that owner's manual is missing diagrams to show how to remove wheel after untorquing lug nuts. Also, found that tool provided for wedging between wheel and hub will not work for front wheels. This didn't matter anyway since the wheel was corroded to the hub. Dealer told me this is normal and that I just needed to bang on the backside of the wheel with a mallet (which of course is not part of the Volvo toolkit). So, I feel either Volvo owes us a mallet with the tire change toolkit or needs to design their wheels so they don't corrode to the hub. Anybody know to whom I can complain?
By the way, a new tire cost me $192.00 from the dealership!