|S40 1.8 Europe|
Year of purchase
KM-mode, when purchasing
|205 515 km|
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- 167000 km
- February 23, 2011 22:12
We write July 2006. My sister drove around in her Toyota Starlet satisfied only by the arrival of her first child was greater but mainly a safer car is an absolute must. My sister wanted a Volvo and my brother swears by a sedan. Estate, touring, break, wagon and all the other name for an estate he just do not like it. At that time I had good relations with the local Volvo dealer and soon a suitable car was found. A black Volvo S40 1.8i Europe, 89,000 km on the clock and delivered new by the selling dealer.
In April 2010 my sister again appeared to be pregnant and she wanted another car.
S40 / S60 / V40 / V50, Toyota Avensis, Ford Mondeo and the Saab 9-3. All fine cars and was not just purchased a Ford Mondeo at the last minute. My brother actually swears by Toyota but a Volvo and Saab he was still acceptable. But those were small. What I did notice was when the trade-in price of the Volvo € 1.750, -. Well, I have also over. In December, the minor had been born and was a bold attempt for another car. This time only one Toyota Avensis and Corolla Verso. The exchange rate had been reduced to € 1.250, - and € 1.500, -.
My AX was already very rickety so filed the proposal to my sister that I wanted to take over Volvo for the bare exchange rate. They were financially not backward and I could buy commercial value Volvo. That trading price was € 1.375, - and I got to the Volvo with 165,000 km on the clock, a number of scratches, good tires and faltering direction. Good deal I think. My sister now drives a Toyota Corolla Verso 2005.
First impressions! - February 2011
- 167000 km
- February 23, 2011 22:13
We have already the Volvo nearly a month in property so I can have my first experience here legible.
I think the S40 a beautiful model. certainly not all inclined he is really spectacular to more civility but bourgeois stand. I also find him, especially in the black, a timeless look. So the appearance no complaints. Too bad my sister not been economical in the car. Many scratches on the paintwork. Maybe I let him sometimes brushing professional. Will he do well!
Inside I'm on half leather, Volvo seats are again adjusting perfectly well. Clear meters and Europe version also has air conditioning on board. It's not all cheery and cozy. Objectivity asset inside but it is me. Here and there you see that the plastic material to discolor. The control at the top is a bit porous. But I have another steering purchased with wood look and learn. To be mounted only. The space inside is good. It is not a S80 but you can easily four people in it. The trunk is big enough.
Well, and then the motor. Under the hood is housed with a 1.8 16V 115 hp. It is not a powerhouse but I'm good with the traffic along. Certainly between 4,000 and 5,200 rpm it goes off rap. Overtaking therefore fast enough. Among 2000 rpm it out well, and he's nice and smooth ride. So much for the positives.
Negative is the sound that he produces when you get above 4,000 rpm, not really exhilarating sound. A more irritating humming. Even at full throttle at low speeds, it makes no real sense in '' I am sound. Raar chatter from the outlet.
Second point of criticism is the consumption. First refueling he was barely on the 1 to 9.5. The second was better but really joyful I am not there. However, the thermostat was broken and has been replaced today. Hope it will improve fuel consumption. I hope the first 12.
The gearbox with long strokes vague. Also, I can not always good from three to two switch. That bucket is not my best friend. The clutch is light but with the rise of the clutch is a shudder through the car. Engine, clutch and cook to make the S40 not to a driver's car, the chassis does not participating in this.
The handling is good but what a fuzzy controller. I send but a little way I want to go but it's difficult to keep him on track in a long curve. gonna be tight around the bend with the S40 on the other side. No chassis is designed to hold a few nice bochtjes but more comfortable cruising. And so does the S40 more than good. 150 km / h is very easy to maintain and the 80 ways he's really nice. Overall, the S40 is designed for cruising, nice sitting in the seats with a little music. The standard stereo sound reasonable if I'm going to replace the standard Volvo bigfront 'radio (SC700) for my Pioneer radio. Who has more power and therefore I hope to improve the sound.
It all does not sound positive and I can understand why the question I bought this car. Volvo has always gotten neatly turns at the Volvo dealership. On top of that I know the car and could take him to trade price. With that I was able to buy a better car in mind. A number of negatives to be easy to solve. I plan to give the S40 T4 look. Gaspra wheels, rear spoiler and a subtle reduction. This improves the handling anyway. Not by the rear spoiler, a spoiler, I can see the back. Easy reversing.
Photos will follow, I need to make and I would like the other myreviews keep you informed about my experience with the Volvo.
It is a tool! - May 2011
- 170000 km
- May 13, 2011 21:39
I have already gained some experience with the Volvo and I do not know whether I'm really happy. It is something that I'm not completely satisfied that the car I was too distant. The detachment is in the control system. What I wrote above that I just a little control where I want to go and that continues. He is not challenging me. I only had to buy a BMW would be a logical reaction. But a Ford Ka 2003 is more fun to drive than the S40. Even sometimes I long back to my old AX. Those two cars sent delicious.
The engine is a friendly device. Nice and smooth driving challenge but he does not. He really abhors high speed. And he hates it has let him also notice an annoying hum. Take my old 850. Also not a car that you link directly to driving pleasure and certainly not with a machine. But those five cylinder roll made everything good. About the sprint qualities of the 1.8 but I'm not. But really exciting has never been.
The 850 was really a comfortable device and that the S40 does little for below. He is very quiet and the seats are fantastic. Long rides are surely a very small party with the S40. Radio, little sit back and just cruising. Ideal. Only I do not drive often a long stretch.
I should do more often. Conveniently for consumption. On the highway at 130 he still runs one at 13.5. Normally I sit with luck on one of 11. Really frugal, he also is not!
I'm a Volvo man. That came when I went to a Volvo dealer internship and there also could continue to work on Saturdays. And every Volvo I've driven, and there are still a lot of gifts that feeling of safety and soundness. Sounds natural deadly boring and not very exciting and challenging, but it is something that Volvo stands for. And that picture S40 complements perfectly. Because you can expect a 1.8i sedan hidden sports car? No, not so. A Vectra and Passat are boring, if not boring.
What I do after to give the S40 that after all these years still very sturdily constructed. I hear little rattles and creaks and the whole interior not see quickly that it's all over. And I may well again. I also installed the other control. Still not in the picture but woodline send grabs fine with a piece of leather.
I think I still here persevering in this car. I may not have my car but it's a useful purpose at all so wrong yet. He shows no stabbing incidents that tie me to do I could have already decided that I no rims, spoilers or other frills to go throw. Save and go to something else. The other must be something with the looks of my first car, Volvo 480, fine motor, roll the roll, comfortable and fun to drive. Most of you know or about which car I'm talking.
So anyway .... The T4 look? - July 2011
- 172000 km
- May 13, 2011 21:40
The title says it all the pictures even more. I have under my S40 a set of 16" Gaspra put rims. Why in God's name?
I'm quite fickle. In my last story I was only moderately positive about the S40. Lately I've been my orientating a 480. Just because I find incomparable beautiful car. Unfortunately, the rust-devil is at a very active scale present on the last series. Very sorry but I do not see myself with a grinder to tackle the wheel arches. On top of that I have to do a lot of concessions. 850 and S70 I find great and the C70, which is also on my list, is just too expensive. Recovery, I do not have enough money.
And then you will be contacted via the Volvo S40 forum to adopt a set of Gaspra. And so I saw that it was good. And honestly, it looks a nice bonus.
The main flaw remains the ability or lack thereof. For why am I pushed at 170 km / h on the side by a van and why is Ford KA not keep up with?
Winter, MOT and beurtje - April 2012
- 182000 km
- July 12, 2011 22:26
The last update dates back to July 2011 so it's time again for an update. Actually there was no need to write down a story here because really nothing exciting to report there confused. At most, the start was the cold challenge. The battery took only just. I've let him assurance testing by the dealer and it was doubtful. And with doubt gevalletjes I do nothing. I also noticed that the charging current just after start remained something. You saw 10 seconds after the start lights came on stronger. This was also confirmed by the dealer with a meter. It was not worrisome. He starts with a warm engine slightly less smooth. Those are really the salient points.
The key question is whether I am still satisfied with my Swedish friend Netherlands. The answer is not convincing 'yes'. He runs pretty good, is good, plenty of room, plenty of options and I get along with the other traffic. But he does his job and emotionless engine lacks real power to really be something. Also, an average of 1 in 11 is not bad but good I did not mention it again. Neither fish nor fowl loud a proverb, and for the S40 apply.
It looks like I will always have some. Especially with the Gaspra wheels below it, it makes the car. Remarkable thing is that many women my car like it. Strange but true. I winter a few times to date and the Volvo was appreciated. Perhaps the Swedish brand puts an association with nesteldrang, whom I (still) do not have, but which nevertheless had its positive effect on my dates. I do not know.
Two weeks ago I brought the S40 to the friends of Harrie Arendsen for annual coddling. There was little wrong with the Volvo. However, renewed a new battery, switching buses and the alarm light switch is replaced. That's all but took the joke € 660, - together.
The reason I Volvo have brought the real dealer is that I worked there, my father is very satisfied and I believe that proper maintenance is essential for longer life and eventually earned back on somehow. And I must say, the Volvo driving outstanding after coddling +.
This summer he may go as rental car. Moi and new supporters to explore France. I wonder how the like Volvo and persecuted.!
Travel experiences - September 2012
- 189000 km
- April 29, 2012 20:06
We have the first autumn storm just ended and that means summer is over. High Time to put here my promised vacation experience. It is not "love diary" story and so I focus on the Volvo S40.
We have all holiday stuff got in the car without a roof box and the plan was to explore France two weeks with a tent. The first day passed Lyon and booked a hotel there. From there, the interior in southwestern.
The first test, of course, was the ascent of Liege. I was quite skeptical about the ability of the 1.8 but it was not me. I was 120 km / h indeed not hold its fifth but to firmly insist to 110 km / h in four. Actually not bad. In the Ardennes was making downhill speed for uphill. Little anticipation but it was doable. The motorway towards Millau was treacherously steep. But here sails make mountain and try to maintain speed uphill, and at 110 km / h back to four and then steps up to the 120/130 km / h. When accelerating from standstill uphill I noticed it the lesser power but above 3000 rpm it was already suffering ago.
We have during the holidays also rode some hearty mountain passes. I was not to speak in my previous story about the steering. This, too, I must adjust something. Volvo continues to not turn knight but I could send the car quickly on the narrow mountain roads. Also on bad roads at higher speeds, the car remains stable and controllable, with and without luggage. The brakes deserve kudos. I've never had to make an emergency stop but with thanks to our French friends was that it needed in the Netherlands. The Volvo inhibits to be firmly, and without loss of control or swabbing. Feel safe!
I had the Volvo for the holidays a summer and air conditioning check given to the Volvo dealer. This was totally not been necessary, everything was fine. The air conditioning did great, even at 35 degrees and a black car is not a best color in summer. He was perfectly cool!
You will also discover during such holidays a few gadgets. When the Volvo Lock has one of the doors do not open it goes to 5 minutes automatically locked. In the beginning you doubt yourself whether you have clicked open the car but I had the Volvo in his sights. What I had not in his sights was that the left rear door sensor is broken. That door opened so I had my keys and thrown in the back seat. Door closed again and you guessed it, car lock and key in the back seat. Luckily I had instructed my friend to do the spare key in her purse and keep the car. That first one was particularly successful, the second part slightly less. Her dusky pink bag in the trunk .... as safe see them smiling! A French Renault mechanic has the car angled open and I'm a lesson pointer again.
The comfort was good. Certainly the way. I was rested and 1,250 kilometers were a piece of cake. Partly thanks to the chairs and the rest in the car. In spite of the (high) rates between 130 and 150 km / h. If the last usage. This also made me happy. 1 to 12.5 during the outward and return and "locatie'1 11.5. Overall, better than the Netherlands.
In short, the Volvo has not fallen by the wayside, in fact, I am beginning to appreciate him. The urge I had previously another car has become a lot less.
What I have not named my car radio. Even though I have to mention but increasingly forgotten for more than a year. I replaced the standard radio by Alpine 'Huppeldepup. A radio with Bluetooth phone connection, USB, 3.5mm auxiliary input and iPod preparation. Telephoning is really super. I hear the other very well I can understand very well the speakers and the other. Pairing the phone to the radio goes very smoothly. I stand about 2 GB of music on the USB. Search is a little cumbersome but it can be done and the iPod connection works very well. The Ipod is in my glove compartment and the operation goes through the radio. A bit cumbersome, but the sound is good. Maybe I'm going to fit better speakers, but the sound is generally good. And, I'm quite critical of it.
Bad luck, happiness & unlucky - March 2013
- 197000 km
- September 26 2012 00:14
In the past six months have again slipped through many kilometers below the S40. I must say that sank him well. Okay, once I found him with a nearly flat rear tire but otherwise, few criticisms. Above the engine, handling and so will continue to exist but I do not want to dirty words anymore. However, the title says something else.
My neighbor really left over, I live in a "48 under-one barber," is extremely professional and his company bus drove a hole in my front bumper. Fortunately, he had put a note on the windscreen, which not speak by itself is near where I live. For the imaging; My upstairs neighbor sleeps during the day and party at night, preferably at home. My neighbor has left more marijuana plants than allowed by law and my right neighbor drives a too thick black BMW that was never earned white. Anyway we digress. After filling out the paperwork and the visit to the damage repairman was waiting for the results. I had heard stories that you damage amount, which was valued initially at over € 500, - directly on your bill gets paid, but also stories of a new bumper or a used one selected. To my delight was my account geplust with € 960, - and a day later the confirmatory letter. I thank my neighbor very top left.
The positive flow immediately called friends of Harrie Arendsen a turn and MOT. RDW me again recalled and the burning service light on my dashboard.
That call and make an appointment I could not do better. He turned out to be less well than expected. The clerk spoke of rear tires with 1.4mm profile (aha, that is why hum from behind) and also the brake pads and discs were below the size (bad? Ding inhibits like a rabid). Total € 918, - to turn and MOT. A lot of money for a car with a market value of € 750, -. On the other hand it is regular maintenance and wear and tear, tires and brake pads are just his time to act.
I have even considered going to use the loss to buy another car. With the trade and some of my own money I was around € 4250, - Just not enough to really buy something better to younger, faster and less has occurred.
Saab 9-3 1.8t 2004 S40 2003 in the Sport edition version with the delectable 2.0T or V50 from the first year of a five cylinder not spurned. All around € 6000, - and so expensive!
Also I want and my girlfriend to buy a house has solid needs no explanation, and then you think twice where you put the money towards.
Moral of the story, the S40 slows even more, he is quiet again and again deliciously runs smoothly. We bounce back from a year and we're looking for another bumper.
The drunk ducktape Volvo! May 2012 (202.000 km
- 202000 km
- March 30, 2013 12:20
In my last update I wrote that I would be looking for a new front bumper. This proved more difficult than expected. After calling a dozen Volvo demolition I did not really bite. Yes, 200 kilometers away, € 200, - euros for a damaged bumper. Marketplace also offered very little. Definitely not something I was looking for. Out of sheer frustration, I just bought black duck tape at the local DIY shop. And sure enough, almost the same color and you have to really look twice to make them see that the hole is taped. In short, solved!
That car of mine is brilliant, I really mean it! After a successful overtaking the Volvo full automatically went to the left rijstrookje, including the S40 was 'no hands' of itself by slight right turns. The problem is, that is just 1% of the average journey, the remaining 99% was the normal dog irritating. Even so irritating that I got after one hour driving pain in my wrist and back problems. He drove very restless, I really think that many road users thought that I have looked deeply into the glass. In short, action was required!
I brought the car to the tire farmer and it appeared that everything "topsy-turvy" was. And I must say, the Volvo is running on track! It was € 52, - more than worth it!
Another notable factoid I noticed that the S40 after the turn is remarkably efficient riding. Normally I was happy with one in 11 just after the turn on the first 12+ rule more than the exception! I dedicate this to the new tires because he is not riding remarkably efficient after the turn in 2012. I like the consumption in, see the usage monitor, and if the first 12 are really structurally there is a star for the cost there!
Exchanged! July 2013
- 205 515 km
- May 22, 2013 20:42
How can it be in life. As I wrote somewhere above I'm quite fickle. Well it's me again pretty well because I bought another car. How did that happen?
As I wrote, we attended the atmosphere is a lot better in a not too bright area, but after the arrival of a neighborhood watch! Little nuisance and foreign practices more on the door. At most, the question to me how it is that my other neighbor a Peugeot 306 diesel trades in a BMW X5 4.4 V8. The 'business' should go well, shall we say.
The real reason is when we buy a house anyway monthly dimes to handle spin and we have no sense at first we want a good life. In the good life also includes a nice car.
I found myself following the above conclusion increasingly blazes on car sales websites looking for a nice car. And suddenly I saw him! Volvo V40 2.0 Sports Edition 2003 with 165,000 km on the clock. And if you look once you've sold, I and the car to me.
I have the S40 but traded for to bring him privately quickly to the man for a good price seemed like a challenge because the supply is significant. And to be honest, there are better and more beautiful for sale. Today I saw that he is for sale for € 950, -.
For the shape just as the advantages and disadvantages of the car in a row.
- relatively inefficient
Maintenance problems & cost - July 2013
- 205 515 km
- July 24, 2013 20:22
Cost per year:
- Thermostat: € 65 -
- MOT and maintenance: € 180, -
- Woodline control: € 90 -
- Gaspra Rims: € 300 minus € 150, - for the old rims.
Turn and MOT: € 660, -
- Overhaul with all filters and spark plugs
- alarm Light switch
- switching Buses
Turn and MOT: € 918.05
- small turn
- Brake pads and brake discs
- Two new rear tires. The new tires have gone backwards preassembled and good tires.
- Alarm Light switch. The new one was installed in 2012 turned out to be good. Warranty case, no cost to me.
Aligning the car: € 52, -
I also like the consumer to monitor!
- comfort 4.0
- performance 3.0
- reliability 4.0
- cost 3.0
- Would you buy a car from this brand? Yes
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