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2003 Volvo S40 Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 11 reviews
Notable changes continue in 2003 for Volvo's entry-level sedan. The engine is now more powerful, the interior and exterior have been updated, and several new features are now available. The 2003 S40 features a restyled grille and color-keyed bumpers and moldings. Volvo has attempted to improve the aesthetics of the dash once again, but adding a three-spoke steering wheel and a revised instrument cluster.
The S40 continues with one trim level: the 1.9T. A CD player has been added to the list of standard features this year. Options packages have also been adjusted. The Sport Package now gets a front and rear spoiler, blackout headlights and 16-inch alloy wheels. The Premium Package adds a leather-wrapped hand brake handle and shifter.
The S40's 1.9 liter inline four-cylinder is now a bit more powerful, making 170 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. The five-speed automatic continues to be the only transmission option, and fuel economy is estimated at 22/30 mpg.
Volvo's entry-level sedan has received steady praise for its comprehensive list of safety features and solid build quality. The controls are easy to use and well-placed, and the cabin's overall feel is consistent with the higher priced Volvo models. While the front seats are wide and inviting, many larger passengers will find the rear quarters rather tight.
The interior is shielded from most wind and road noise, but test drivers have reported the noticeable intrusion of engine sounds when the throttle is opened.
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Volvo S40 Questions
I have a 2003 Volvo S40 with just over 100,000 on the odo. Mileage has dropped to less than 20 mpg. Closer to 15 mpg. Runs very well, but "ouch" on the mileage.
Check Engine Light
I brought the car to 3 different mechanics to kill the check engine light. Each time it only stopped for one day. The light came back on the next day. They said because they did not have the right ...
I Picked Up Ngk Iridium Plugs For 2003 Volvo S40. They Say Not To Gap But I...
can i use them as is or take them back? Do iridium help gas mileage, @$4.30 a gal. it would be worth it to raise mileage.
Check Engine Fuction
i have a 2003 s-40 and after i had work done on the car the radio just displays off. i have the code but there is no option to enter it. how to you remedy this.