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Volvo S40, Volvo V50, Sedan
#540 of 1117 I can't believe
Mar 18, 2004 (8:58 pm)
That I'm actually excited about an upcoming Volvo! Just to give some background, my experience with Volvos isn't too good. My family had a 1985 740 Turbo (bought new) that actually dropped dead when the odometer hit the 85,000 mile mark. We had a slew of problems with it as well. My neighbor recently returned a 2001 V70 T5 wagon when his lease was up. The car was in for service 48 times during his 39 month lease. After the 31st time in for service, Volvo actually refunded him one month's lease payment. I know in general that most people have Volvos and they run forever and 2 days.
I think the 2004.5 S40 is so cool! I like the bull nose styling, short overhangs, and the interior looks nice too. The styling is very BMW 3 series meets Lexus IS300 (which I like). Volvo seats are ultra-comfy.
The car is priced very well in this super competitve segment. You get a lot of features for your dollar as well.
I read originally that the car was also going to be available with AWD as an option on the T5 and that Volvo was going to bring an R version of the S40 here too. Is this still true?
I'm excited for a T5 AWD w/ a six speed!
All the magazine reviews for the car so far have been stellar!
#541 of 1117 But the AWD only understeers
Mar 18, 2004 (9:04 pm)
Mar 18, 2004 (9:09 pm)
The FWD will understeer as well as torque-steer (hopefully not as bad as the Saab 9-3 I used to own). The AWD will help put the power to the pavement more easily.
#543 of 1117 No cloth seats offered in the new S40?
Mar 18, 2004 (9:28 pm)
#544 of 1117 Yes, more than you expected
Mar 18, 2004 (11:57 pm)
Instead of choices of leather, leatherette & cloth like the Passat or Canadian 3-series, or the IS300's Escaine/leather besides the std black-only cloth & optional full leather, the S40 has std cloth, premium-package leather, & sport-package/turbo outdoor-type fabric called T-tech. Like the Mazda3, either beige or black.
Mar 19, 2004 (8:58 am)
I drove the S60 FWD and AWD back-to-back, the AWD model was superior in every way. Even if we ignore traction on the wet/soapy tarp, which was obviously much better, it handled better in the turns with far less understeer.
Torque steer was eliminated completely. It was more neutral in general.
The AWD option was worth every penny for the upgrade, in fact I wouldn't get the S60/V70 without it. It's also very quick-acting and engages smoothly. Impressive.
#546 of 1117 S60/V70 Turbo's torque steer is much worse than the S40 T-5
Mar 20, 2004 (12:06 am)
while test reports mentioned that the S40/V50 T-5 AWD only does understeer.
#547 of 1117 Reglar gas
Mar 20, 2004 (4:06 pm)
If the new S40 has a nonturbo engine, will it take regular gas. Any damage if we don't use premium?
Mar 20, 2004 (5:15 pm)
Even if premium gas is required. All premium-gas(& even most regular-gas) engines these days have knock sensor that automatically retards the ignition to prevent pinging. But using regular on a premium engine wastes both power & fuel economy, adds & wear.
Mar 20, 2004 (5:40 pm)
Sorry about the lateness. Yes, I did try out the rear seat at the dealer and before at the auto show - it is indeed smaller. That, though, is the only thing I found wrong with the S40. I'm hoping to soon sit in a V50 and see if there is a slight difference in legroom.