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Volvo S40, Volvo V50, Sedan
Mar 29, 2004 (11:44 am)
The seats are very nice, they've been making the auto show rounds with the 2005 GT. They're actually unique to the GT model, with taller shoulders and more bolstering.
Put it this way - I don't like the seats on our 2002 Legacy L, but the 2005 GT's are night-and-day better.
Great seats like Volvo is famous for, to bring this back on topic.
FWIW, I found the S40 interior to be innovative, the "floating" console is interesting. I'm not crazy about painted silver (fake metals) but it's par for the price class.
Mar 29, 2004 (12:06 pm)
"I would like to stay away from German cars since they have bad reliability reports especially on the electrical side.
BMW 3 - Not reliable, everyone has one because of leasing deals. Arrogant dealers and service. Too expensive. Most of the car is made in Germany and the transmission is made in France. Not exactly my two favorite countries at the moment."
Boy! Don't you have any preconceived ideas and aren't you discriminatory?!!!
What's next? You are going to refuse putting gas in your car because it comes from the Middle East?!!!!
The new S40 console design is innovative and does not look any cheaper than other comparable cars. You are not the type of guy that can think outside the box, that's all! Nothing wrong with that, but admit it and stop bashing the S40 and other countries!
#595 of 1117 Re: Frenchy2002
Mar 29, 2004 (2:00 pm)
I think you have lost touch on what forums are about. They are about opinions and I enjoy reading others. But, there is no need to get personal.
My comments about BMW 3's are from my own experience, other owners of German cars, Consumer Reports, and other information available to people who want to express and listen to opinions.
Seems like you have a preconceived idea of anyone who doesn't have the same thinking as you. Isn't being politically correct thinking inside the box ?
Country Bashing ? If I don't want to give my money to companies from countries, I have a problem with politically, I have that right. But, if you read carefully, it's not my number 1 priority.
Yeah, your right, it doesn't exactly thrill the heck out of me to have to pay $2 to $3 for a gallon of gas. How about you ?
I have my opinion and you have yours. Why can't you leave it at that ? Who the hell are you to tell me what I can or can't say ?
Mar 29, 2004 (2:59 pm)
There was one in Orlando, FL. It didnt have black interior. One at Westin Volvo, they wanted MSRP. I bought mine at Warren Henry, and it was located in South Carolina somewhere. Should have it this week.
Mar 29, 2004 (5:10 pm)
"The new S40 console design is innovative and does not look any cheaper than other comparable cars."
Like cell phones, they are getting less bulky.
I find all cars so distant from perfection that I have to ignore the badge & even styling. The S40's interior looks boring w/ that simple-shaped dash, but that center console is a smart design, except that the switches on it are by wire & not the more intuitive conventional mechanical ones.
I still rate its overall interior design the best due to the driving position & ergonomics alone!
Mar 29, 2004 (5:13 pm)
"did you have to special order a base model s40?"
Each dealer I visited in Torrance & Pasadena had one, but only w/ the $450 metallic paint.
It's cool to raise the seat/steering so high to take advantage of the moonroof-less headroom.
#599 of 1117 Re: Creakid1
Mar 29, 2004 (6:34 pm)
Last Spring I went to the Chrysler Crossfire drive event. They had a track where you could test the Crossfire against other cars (Boxter, AudiTT, and G35). They also had a computerized questionaire, Theme Music CD, memorabilia...etc.
Is the Volvo S40 drive event similar ?
Mar 29, 2004 (8:17 pm)
there weren't other kinds of cars for comparison & this is the only one w/o strips placed at then end of the track to simulate bumps. It's definitely worth going & be on time. The event is pretty upscale w/ free appetizers/drinks.
The Lexus's & GM's had other cars to compare.
The Mazda RevItUp events are for the $40 school/racing to win one Mazda sedan nation wide. & all the newest-style Mazda vehicles are there on the test-drive section, which is free for everyone. & like Volvo's, no non-Mazda cars for comparison.
#601 of 1117 Consumer Reports
Mar 29, 2004 (8:18 pm)
Actually, this month's issue of CR specifically states that the BMW 3-series reliability "has improved lately, so we recommend the 3 Series." They were also recommending the 3-series back throughout most of the late 90's. I had good reliability with both of mine.
Regarding Volvo reliability, the 60, 70, and 80 series models are all "recommended", with a respectable "average" reliability rating. (This is respectable compared to some other European cars, such as Mercedes, Audi, Jaguar, and most VW models).
In order to stand out from all the other near-luxury small sport sedans, I agree that Volvo was correct in taking some risks and providing the S40 with a "polarizing" interior design.
#602 of 1117 "no non-Mazda cars for comparison."
Mar 29, 2004 (8:41 pm)
That's because, when it comes to Mazda, there IS no comparison. Though it'd probably be appropriate for them to stick a Subie and/or Honda in there.
I need to ask something. Exactly where ARE these events? Do they ever come to NY State, or do they, like everyone else, think there is nothing in NY State north of NY City? (Hmm, you mean maybe I live in Canada? Hehehe)