2005 Volvo S 40
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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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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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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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Great car

by from Western Maryland on December 10, 2016

When looking for a used car, I wanted to find something comfortable, had all wheel drive, and was reasonable with gas consumption. The S40 T5 met those requirements and then some. I'm a big believer i...
When looking for a used car, I wanted to find something comfortable, had all wheel drive, and was reasonable with gas consumption. The S40 T5 met those requirements and then some. I'm a big believer in this car. It handles great, has plenty of power and is very reliable. While the maintenance of this vehicle is more expensive than originally expected, the trade off is well worth it. The car is very safe and feels that way when driving. Handles very well in snow and slippery conditions. The T5 has the horsepower and pick up to get up to speed as well as pass when needed. It's a great car and I'm very happy with it.
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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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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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my husbend ouns a volvo

by from Chattanooga on April 10, 2017

some one hit me in the back on my huseands car the car kept me safe i was not hurt but sore but most of all i am here all because my car kept me safe
some one hit me in the back on my huseands car the car kept me safe i was not hurt but sore but most of all i am here all because my car kept me safe
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Best overall car I've owned.

by from on March 21, 2017

Bought this car 2 years ago to replace my sporty Japanese coupe, due to my wife gething pregnant. This car offers both sporty driving and excellent luxury. I can drive in comfort with my family, and w...
Bought this car 2 years ago to replace my sporty Japanese coupe, due to my wife gething pregnant. This car offers both sporty driving and excellent luxury. I can drive in comfort with my family, and when I'm alone, I can drive for fun. This car compares to the BMW 330 series, and by all means, it blows it out of the water. The reliability of this car has been amazing thus far. Zero maintenance over the last 40,000 miles.
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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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