Volvo S40

jennMay 21, 2006

We're planning to buy a new car soon. Currently I drive a '93 Honda Civic coupe which is running great but we need a sedan to accommodate other passengers (like my parents, who have a hard time climbing into the Honda). Comfort is one of our main priorities for road trips and for my long commute to work. Gas mileage is important too, but we are willing to compromise a few MPG for comfort.

We've driven the 2006 Civic, Accord, Mazda3, and the Volvo S40. We liked the Civic a lot but they are virtually non-existent on the lots, and totally non-existent in the color + features we want. The seat in the Accord was adequatly comfortable but doens't fully support Hubby's very long legs. Loved the Mazda3 but the back seat is comfortable only for short trips (like out to dinner and back home), definitely not for a road trip. However it is fun to drive and the front seats are comfortable (though a little short for us).

Then we sat in the Volvo S40 and didn't want to get out. They let us take one for a test-drive (alone!!) and we loved every minute of it. The 8-way electronically adjustable seats were a dream come true and felt as if they were custom-built just for us. I would watch a long movie in those seats, and the back seat was also very comfortable with plenty of space even with Hubby sitting in front with the seat adjusted for his comfort and almost all the way back.

Of course reliability is also a top priority.

So, can anyone tell me about the reliability of the Volvo S40? Any known big problems? I've read a lot of on-line reviews and a couple of them mentioned a faulty a/c. I'm mostly concerned that the car will be in the shop a lot. This will be my first ever new car and it's very difficult for me to spent a lot of money, so I'm hoping someone can put my mind at ease. :-)



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IMO, the Volvo is a good automobile, particularly for comfort. Our old '89 740 was excellent for room and comfort and durability.
Sadly, the Honda may be more "reliable"..

    Bookmark   May 21, 2006 at 12:36PM
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I have no experience with the S40s but we have driven Volvos for years. We have had next to no trouble with them and what few things have been minor and fixed promptly. Right now we have 2 XC70s and our SIL just traded in an 850 for a V40 and loves it. I think you would be pleased with the car.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2006 at 12:32AM
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The S40 is based on the Mazda3 platform as both are owned by Ford.

Volvo used to have a reputation for longevity but that was when other cars were scrap at 50,000 miles and the Volvo went to 150,000. I believed the reputation and bought an '88 740 GLE. It died at 192,000 miles!

Today Volvo has no different a reliability reputation than any other car.
So if you like the Mazda3, good, because the S40 is essentially the same car. Just a different engine and drivetrain.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2006 at 7:53AM
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