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#585 of 1807 S40 2004 VS 2003
Jan 09, 2003 (8:29 pm)
I was told that volvo is getting two kinds of S40 for 2004. One with a same style that they have now on June and different model that has rear lights look like S60 on January 2004. I got this information from one of the dealer. Has anyone heard of this? oh~ and I got 22k+tax, title and license deal for S40 2003. When ppl are saying they got it for 23k, does it include tax+title, license?
"22k+tax, title and license" good deal ? bad deal? Please write bac
#586 of 1807 Soon to Buy
Jan 15, 2003 (9:49 pm)
I am very close to buying a Volvo S40, 2003. Someone please HELP. I started hearing & reading more negative things about the car. Should I listen? I like the car and have been offered a great price for the base model. Any feedback - should I go for it?
Also- any specific options I should consider or is base ok since I am price conscious.
#587 of 1807 carmc, my impression of S40
Jan 16, 2003 (10:16 am)
I've had my 2003 for a month and my wife (whom car is for) absolutely loves it (after driving awkward Camry for the last 3 years).
Sure, first USA releases of S40 had poor reliability record, but looking at Consumer digest ratings it appears like S40s been improving and 2003 hopefully should be the most bug-free year.
Read my older posts how I arrived at ending up buying S40. So, as to your decision-making process, it depends what kind of car you are looking for. If you say, you are price concious, maybe S40 is not what you should be looking at even with its current steep discounts). I think there is no point of taking base S40 - for this kind of car one would expect to have at least leather seats and heated if you are comfort creature. Just think, for the price of loaded S40 you can buy a 6-cylinder Camry or new Accord or even basic Passat or what about Altima. (Stay away from Jetta.)
It all comes down to you personal taste. Some may say S40 is cramped, my wife calls it snug. We were looking for small, nimble, comfortably plush and safe car and S40 fit the bill for us.
And it looks cute as well by the way.
Jan 16, 2003 (12:45 pm)
Is a good car.
My parents have a 2002 w/ 15,000 miles.
No problems at all.
We have alot of satisfied customers with the S40.
Some of the early 2000's had some minor issues, but the 02's and 03 's have been very good.
IMHO its alot of car for the money.
4 yr warranty, free loaner, Volvo safety.
Its quick and responsive.
The 03 faclift makes it a much better looking car too.
#589 of 1807 so many available
Jan 18, 2003 (5:50 pm)
why are there so many used 2001 and 2002 s40 models available? lemons?
#590 of 1807 so many available
Jan 19, 2003 (12:04 pm)
I don't see logic in your supposition.
There are also too many used Camries or Accords available. Does it follow that are all lemons? The more logical conclusion is that if there are lots of used ones that means there were many new ones sold. And the reverse is also true, just because some used cars are rare doesn't mean they are all that good. I didn't see many Ford Pintos in my days.
Jan 19, 2003 (12:08 pm)
Another explanation is how cars are sold. If cars tend to be leased, then the life cycle is different, they end up at auctions as fleet vehicles. And if cars more likely to be bought, they are more likely to enter the used car market.
I know that a lot of bigger Volvos (60s 80s) ended up as Hertz fleet vehicle. S40 is not part of a typical fleet car.
Jan 19, 2003 (12:21 pm)
Actually S40's do appear in rental fleets.
Even the C70 does.
Jan 21, 2003 (10:54 am)
The new S40 will be introduced at the Frankfurt Autoshow in September. They'll hit the european Showrooms in November.
Somebody in this Forum said the US Launch date will be January of 04. That sounds realistic to me. Just in time to replace my 2001 S40 who's lease is up right then.
Said S40 has been good and bad. Good: Performace. The 1.9 turbo has better acceleration than the current Audi A4 1.8
Bad: I had lots of smaller problems with the car. Unscheduled trip to the shop so far in two years: 9.
I'm concerned about the new S40 being based on the next generation Ford Focus platform. Although most liekely that's not worse thatn the current S40's Mitsubishi Carisma genes.
Jan 22, 2003 (9:32 am)
The current S40 is not baced on the Carisma, and the future S40 is not based on the Focus.
these are very popular misconceptions.
The new P1 platform has been in development since before Fords acquistion of Volvo.
The next Focus, and Mazda Protege will use a version, decontented of the P1 platform.
The current S40 and Carisma have different chassis,engines, trannys etc.
They do share things like motor mounts turbos and some electrical components and fittings.