2005 Volvo S40 Consumer Reviews

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2005 Volvo S 40
4.3
Average based on 14 reviews
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Nothing but problems

by from Maryland on February 9, 2007

I bought my S40 in April of 2005 and since then it's needed a mass air flow sensor, an ignition kit because it wasn't recognizing my key and wouldn't start consistently and some other gasket. And not...
I bought my S40 in April of 2005 and since then it's needed a mass air flow sensor, an ignition kit because it wasn't recognizing my key and wouldn't start consistently and some other gasket. And not to mention, my fuel sensor doesn't work properly...sometimes, when I'm running on almost empty, instead of the "low gas" warning light illuminating, the needle goes to half full or 3/4 full, for no reason. The dealership says I have to bring it in when I'm on empty for them to properly diagnose the problem. It's been one problem after another and my 50k warrantly has expired so everything I pay now is out-of-pocket...I'm just so angry and bewildered that a brand new car, known for reliability, has had soo many problems. It's full of standard features, however, the ride is kinda bumpy over rough roads. And the passenger seat is not power nor does the driver's seat have a memory. I wish I had the money to dump it and buy another car because I never know what's going to go wrong w/it next! I guess I should've gone with my 2nd choice when I was making the decision to buy..The Acura TSX!!! So if you buy a new S40, be sure to spend the extra cash and get the extended warranty...you may very well need it.
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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LOVE!!!!

by from Portland, OR on December 25, 2008

I LOVE my S-40!!! I never thought I would own a Volvo. Untill I was looking at BMW's. I came across a Volvo S-40. I really had my heart set on a 328ci. Untill I drove the S-40 and was sold! I love eve...
I LOVE my S-40!!! I never thought I would own a Volvo. Untill I was looking at BMW's. I came across a Volvo S-40. I really had my heart set on a 328ci. Untill I drove the S-40 and was sold! I love everything about this car. I have not had any problems with it. And all my friend and family realy like it.It also drives great in the snow. You get a lot for your money. GO DRIVE A VOLVO and see for yourself! Enjoy!
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Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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What's not to love!?

by from San Luis Obispo, CA on November 19, 2009

I love my 2005 Volvo S40i. I purchased this car used in april 2009 and its the best vehicle i've bought! At first I was attracted by how the car looked. Its comparable to BMW 325, but it costs much le...
I love my 2005 Volvo S40i. I purchased this car used in april 2009 and its the best vehicle i've bought! At first I was attracted by how the car looked. Its comparable to BMW 325, but it costs much less. The gas mileage is great and it turns heads whereever I go. The only thing that is a negative is the key fob (because it does not have an old school key)ignition stopped working and I could not start my car. I had it towed to the nearest dealership and they reset it... at the toon of $650! Besides that i've had no other issues! If your looking for a fun and safe car, (it got me a good discount on insurance since im a female under the age of 25)get to the nearest dealership and get one! happy driving!
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I heart Volvo

by from Chicago on June 23, 2007

Great car, great first car. I love this car, it is great, all my friends want one... So easy to get around and decent gas mileage. Good for the environment. It has yellow steal, which makes it a very ...
Great car, great first car. I love this car, it is great, all my friends want one... So easy to get around and decent gas mileage. Good for the environment. It has yellow steal, which makes it a very safe car to drive.
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I love this car!

by from Southern Maryland on October 10, 2011

As the title says I love this car. I have a 2005 manual s40. I've run across a few problems with it which typically would be an easy fix but I live no where near a Volvo dealer to get it worked on. Th...
As the title says I love this car. I have a 2005 manual s40. I've run across a few problems with it which typically would be an easy fix but I live no where near a Volvo dealer to get it worked on. There is a recall on the fuel pump which I believe Volvo is fixing. The control for the a/c and heat are just knobs and the temp is on a display where the cd player is located. There is no aux cord and to replace the center console it'll have to be taken to Volvo like everything else. Only real draw back thus far.
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Great Value, Great Volvo, but...

by from Austin, TX on May 9, 2006

I bought this car last winter, and so far I haven't had a single problem with it. This is as reliable as my previous Toyota. Overall, I think the car is a good value. For about $10,000 less than a BMW...
I bought this car last winter, and so far I haven't had a single problem with it. This is as reliable as my previous Toyota. Overall, I think the car is a good value. For about $10,000 less than a BMW 3, you get about the same in terms of exterior styling and luxury. The car is fashionably designed on the outside -- beautiful lights, doors, tail, etc. The inside is nice for the most part, but there is a lot of room for improvement along the door trimming, dashboard, and doors. Also, while the center console is flat and chic, the display is still rather dated. The graphics and readouts are pretty cheesy. The seats are comfortable and minimal (Scandinavian, I suppose). I do wish there was more leg room in the back. My friends constantly complain that there is less legroom back there than a two-seater. Volvo could have added another 6-inches or a foot to the length of the car to make it a true 4-door sedan. As far as handling is concerned, the car drives well. It is not very powerful (only 168 hp), and this is noticeable on steep hills and when accelerating onto a highway. I notice a bit of drag and slow responsiveness when power is most important. I have the 2.4i trim (not sure about the T5), but I find it a bit irksome. Another huge issue for me is iPod integration. This car (because of its MOST fibre optic audio system) cannot accept any auxilary sound sources. I think it's rather dumb of Volvo to not have considered this option when building the car. I must resolve to using an FM transmitter to get sound on my radio... All in all, this is a good, reliable car. For the price tag, you get a nice, semi-luxurious sports sedan. Don't expect much power or available features, but all in all, I love it!
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Good Value and Style, but not impressed....

by from CO on October 2, 2006

I bought the Volvo S40 T5 2004.5. Purchased in 04 but with the 05 body style, they didn?t offer All Wheel Drive at the time. Love it in the summer but hate it in the winter. When living in the Rock...
I bought the Volvo S40 T5 2004.5. Purchased in 04 but with the 05 body style, they didn?t offer All Wheel Drive at the time. Love it in the summer but hate it in the winter. When living in the Rocky Mountains you need some control, this car does not have that. The handling in my opinion is terrible. Very rough on dry pavement also, which I guess is implied since it?s considered a sports suspension. I should have test drove a little longer. Other than the handling, the S40 is great. Interior is of good quality and stylish. There is enough interior room for me, but there are no kids involved. All in all, for the money it?s a great deal but I wouldn't recommend if you live where there is unpredictable weather conditions.
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LOVE THIS CAR

by from Des Moines Iowa on December 5, 2014

All I can say is I love this car. I has a c30 before this one and both are amazing to own. I have nothing but love for volvo and the S40. Not one issue with this car to date.
All I can say is I love this car. I has a c30 before this one and both are amazing to own. I have nothing but love for volvo and the S40. Not one issue with this car to date.
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S40 T5 AWD - Great Choice!

by from Malvern, PA on January 12, 2009

The S40 has a great exterior look that sets it apart from all the other mainstream vehicles. It especially looks sharp with the sport package options. I have always had people compliment me on how muc...
The S40 has a great exterior look that sets it apart from all the other mainstream vehicles. It especially looks sharp with the sport package options. I have always had people compliment me on how much they like the look of my car. The interior is just as nice to look at, and just as unique. The T5 version has a turbo charged engine that puts out 218 HP. Definitely go with the 6 speed manual, it has a high fun factor. Because this car has a little more of a sport suspension, the ride can get a little bumpy on rough roads, although, you get much better handling for those days you feel a little more adventurous. I have had a few coupes in the past, and really like the small sportier look, but it was always a pain to get bags/boxes in and out of the back seat. The S40 gives you the sporty look in the small package, but it is just big enough to have those extra doors for ease of entrance to the back seat. Mind you, the leg room is definitely not spacious, unless your driver or front passenger is quite short. But, I bought the car for me, not the passengers in the back seat. Standing at a few inches over six feet, I consdier myself a tall guy, and I have no problems with the front seat. The drivers side has a power seat, while both front passengers enjoy a heated seat during the winter months. The stereo is great, and includes a 6-disc changer (although with the advent of the MP3 player, who listens to CD's anymore?). If you go all out (as I did), you can also opt for the Navigation System. It sits above the center console on the dash, and has easy controls at your finger tips on the steering wheel. Now, I have had a few issues with the car in the past 4 years, but they have been easily fixed and covered by the warranty (so, no money out of my pocket). Last year, the diaphragm went (which created a kind of squealing sound like a bad belt). Then there was a turbo sensor in the front that got water logged. And then this past fall, I dropped my key, and it broke. All of these were easily replaced, and were not major issues. And, as I have owned over a dozen cars in the past 10 years, I expect there to be small issues every now and then. Overall, I definitely reccomend this car. It has stylish good looks, the fun factor of a sports coupe, the practicality of a sedan, and the safety of a Volvo.
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Does recommend this car

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3rd Volvo

by from Atlanta on September 5, 2010

Have the 2004.5 model. Everyone says it is a 2004, but Volvo did a body style change in 2004 - first half of the year the S40 was built in the Netherlands. This car was built at the Ghent factory in B...
Have the 2004.5 model. Everyone says it is a 2004, but Volvo did a body style change in 2004 - first half of the year the S40 was built in the Netherlands. This car was built at the Ghent factory in Belgium. I had an S40 from The Netherlands(2001 S40), was a completely different car, liked it too, but like this one more. My favorite Volvo was my 1990 240. I love my S40, never had any problems except for the windshield wiper motor that went out when it was under warranty. Had the drive belt replaced recently(put it off for a year). Great car. Would recommend to anyone. Service is less frequent than that of the 240 in the 90s. Most of the time one could just do the oil change and skip the complete service as much more is not entailed in the service schedule.
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