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Volvo S40, Sedan
Dec 17, 2003 (8:14 am)
We run premium gas - factory recommended 91 octane for optimum performance and efficiency because of high compression ratio. We have run with regular (87) for awhile and notice very little difference. We never had engine light come on because of octane, however, it has come on when the gas cap was removed prior to shutting engine off. I believe owners manual warns about this.
We had similar experience with my '91 Accord (5-speed manual) - original brakes to 115K miles. I think headlights replaced twice in the 160K miles we had the car. However, Honda seems to replace MANY more parts at normal maintenance intervals - almost all factory recommended based on owners manual. That seems to be why maintenance is lower for us on our Volvo.
In 2005, the V40 will be replaced by the V50 - that should be a sweet car, especially with the normal 5 cylinder engine options and I think manual transmission availability.
If you are used to wagons, the S40 may be a disappointment in size and functionality, but certainly not the ride and solid feel.
Regarding last two questions, I cannot offer any information.
#699 of 1807 thanks for the input
Dec 18, 2003 (8:58 am)
I had planned to test-drive a V40 yesterday. The dealer was supposed to have one on the lot, but they couldn't find it! I call it "The Case of the Missing Volvo." I sat in an S40 instead, with moonroof (which I don't want), but I really need to sit in a wagon to see about rear-seat headroom. I found the rear in the S40 to be pretty tight, and I'm only about 5'10".
I asked the salesman about gasoline, and he claimed that all Volvo engines are designed to run on regular. So it's interesting that the owner's manual recommends 91 octane. When pressed, the dealer did admit that they put mid-grade fuel (89 octane) in cars with turbos when they fill them for the first "free" tank of gas.
The crash test website is great. Very interesting that some of these cars score better than the S40.
#700 of 1807 gotta love salesmen
Dec 18, 2003 (11:26 am)
Although your salesman may be technically correct regarding Volvo engines and octane, it is highly misleading. I believe the engines are designed to compensate its firing based on octane level - so yes you can make the streeeeeeeeeeeeeeetch that the engine was designed for regular gas. However, the manual is clear on its recommendation for 91 octane.
Regarding his implication that the octane level is important in turbos only - now that is a complete crock of ****! Our S60 is a non-turbo, and the difference is MUCH more noticeable if we change octane levels. With the non-turbo you are pushing the engine more to its limits and therefore need to take full advantage of the high compression by letting the engine fire at is most efficient point for performance.
#701 of 1807 missing volvo found
Dec 20, 2003 (4:54 pm)
The dealer found the V40 that was missing the other day. I don't want a moonroof, but I do want the power driver's seat because the manual driver's seat adjusts tilt but not overall seat height. The dealer said the only way to get that combination would be to special-order it after committing to buy the car. Is that true? There are several other dealers within an hour's drive of my home. Would it be worth calling them to see if they have a V40 with power seat but no moonroof? Thanks.
Dec 26, 2003 (4:57 pm)
Prem unleaded is the required gasoline for the car.
The manual seat can be adjusted for height.
pull up on the front lever and lean back, this will raise the front half of the seat.
Pull up on the rear lever and lean forward, this will raise the rear half of the seat.
Reverse the process to lower the seat.
It is highly unlikely that you would find a base V40 w/ a power seat.
Also, V40's can no longer be ordered.
#703 of 1807 More input
Dec 29, 2003 (8:47 am)
I've actually noticed some knocking if I put regular octane in our S40. I alternate between 89 and 93 and have no problems...most stations near me don't carry 91 octane.
I've replace rear brakes at 20k miles but no fronts through 31k miles...odd but true.
I've also replaced each headlights once in 2 years. Since they are on all the time I figured that's not unreasonable.
#704 of 1807 my salesman sure knows his products
Dec 29, 2003 (1:31 pm)
Thanks for the additional input. Maybe I will call the other Volvo dealers in my area and see what they have to offer before I opt for a Subaru Outback wagon.
The manual height adjustment would be fine with me. The brochure talks about "driver seat with manual tilt, recline and adjustable lumbar support." The salesman told me in no uncertain terms that I would need the power seat to get full height adjustment on the seat cushion because the manual seat adjusts only tilt.
Salesman also told me we could special order a V40 since the V50 won't be introduced until a year or so after the new S40 -- because Volvo still is under contract to produce the V40 "for a while yet."
Regular gas. Moonroof doesn't take away any headroom at all. I'll find that the V40 is smaller than my Corolla wagon (not true) so I really should be looking at the V70. And the V40 is selling like hotcakes, which is why they can't keep them on the lot. This salesman obviously doesn't know the first thing about the vehicle.
#705 of 1807 headlights
Jan 03, 2004 (10:38 am)
A couple of folks commented on the headlights for the V40. I complained to the dealer about that in January 2003. They replaced the bulbs and wiring harnesses at no charge. The maintenance printout is confusing, but one of the lines references S.B. 37-0008.
I also had a problem with the air conditioner freezing up. That was corrected by the dealer with a software update.
I got 30k miles on the back brakes and 46k on the front.
#706 of 1807 Couple questions...
Jan 03, 2004 (7:52 pm)
How often do people change the oil? Dealer told me 7500 miles and I have been following that.
Anybody have a strage squealing/high pitched rubbing sound when turning the wheel at driveway speeds. I do not believe it is the tires as it sounds like it comes from the steering column and never occured before 4-5 months ago.
I am attempting to use SWAPALEASE to get out of my care early. I think that I have a person lined up and may be getting rid of it soon. Want to make sure things are right for the next lessee. Price, no equity, and a desire to not have a car anymore has fuled my desire to get out.
Anyhoo...any comments would be appreciated!
#707 of 1807 VOLVO S40 vs MAZDA3s
Jan 07, 2004 (11:45 pm)
Since both these cars have the same frame and the M3s has a Cotesworth designed engine, what are the advantages of the S40 besides o-60 times?