2003 Volvo S40 User Reviews

2003 Volvo S40 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 12 reviews

  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5

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PROS
"handling" 4 reviews
"ride" 4 reviews
"power" 4 reviews
"comfortable car" 3 reviews
"speed" 2 reviews
CONS
"power" 2 reviews
"build quality" 2 reviews

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Mikval0215 writes:
2003 Volvo S40 1.9T Review
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5

Pros

good car with power. comfortable

Cons

small if your 6 feet tall

Mikval0215
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Fun. — a generally fun car to drive, good handling and fuel economy for the power it puts out. very nice on long trips the seats are a beige color so they dont overheat in the sun and are heated for the winter.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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slickmaf writes:
2003 Volvo S40 Review
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slickmaf
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Great Car — I bought this car new and now have 130,000 miles on it and all I have done so far is regular maintenance and brakes and rotors. It get 32 miles to the gallon.

Owner for 4 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:30,000

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erikalain writes:
2003 Volvo S40 1.9T Review
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3

Pros

Good power provided by the turbo

Cons

Really high maintenance cost, the aft seats have a very limited space.

erikalain
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Good For Handling — The car is very stable on the road and also easy and fun to drive in the city. Fuel consumption is about 26mpg (80%road + 20%city). The main issue is maintenance, once something is broken you won't find many places to fix your car, if you need to take it to the dealer you will have to pay a lot to get it fix, also sometimes the parts are hard to find and really expensive when compared with regular brands. I have owned this car for about 4 years, the first three years everything was perfect so I was very happy with it, but then the brakes failed, then the CV joints, then some air hoses, then the turbo... so I stop using it and I plan to get rid of it. Maybe it is good to have this car if you live in Europe, where I guess there are more parts and car garages available for this brand, but it is very expensive to pay the maintenance if you live in US.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Svetoslav writes:
2003 Volvo S40 1.9T Review
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4

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the looks

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a bit slow acceleration

35

Solid Swedish Sweet — the car is cool cool cool cool strong roomy avr 30-35 mpg.i have it with lpg system which saves me so much mney on the ovepriced petrol.interior is very fine one of the best for the year 2003 everything works perfect never had any problems

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mungoernie writes:
2003 Volvo S40 1.9T Review
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mungoernie
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Great Runner Except Turning Ratio Is Limited. — Very sporty and handles tightly. Interior is compfy and roomy for a small car.

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Olivier writes:
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Good Car — I had such one as company car, nice but the handling wasn't amazing. Also the comfort wasn't like the good old Volvo's (740, 940, etc.) or the new ones. But it was a model I sold very good because it wasn't very expensive.

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Evan writes:
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5

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Handling, acceleration, quirky good looks

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Torque-steer, turbo lag, low end pull

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Zippy Performance From Compact Sedan. — Fun to drive, fun to look at. Especially with the sport appearence package that included the 17" rims, body kit, wing, and blacked out headlight bezels.

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Maria writes:
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Everything

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None.

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Great Car — Economic, good movements on road, provides security and excellent service at the dealer.

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mrh writes:
2003 Volvo S40 1.9T Review
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Styling, speed

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nothing to mention

mrh
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Fun To Drive, Period. — Great, fast car. Has huge "ooooo, Cool Volvo" appeal! The interior is well designed and comfortable. I've been a big fan of how the windshield does not slope waayyy down the hood of the car like some of these newer 4-doors. The vantage point from the steering wheel of a S40 can only be topped by a Mercedes-Benz. Plus the 1.9T acceleration always surprises my passengers!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Stuart writes:
2003 Volvo S40 1.9T Review
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4

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Best as a long distance cruiser

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Not really built for fun, ultimately dull

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'new' S40 Trumps Apart From The Boot Space. Only 2.0d Is Better Engine Though. — The low pressure turbo engine is a marvel. 40 mpg is do-able but performance is up too. Is the sort of thing they've been doing to diesels to make them competive, and now VW are putting them on their petrol engines. Shame Volvo don't do it anymore. The car is based on a Mitsubishi Charisma and it's the Japanese bits that make it feel less solid than a 'proper' Volvo, at least it has the legendary Volvo seats. Good news on the 440 mile trip I regularily do. The first curvy Volvo at the time, but only time I feel good about the looks are from behind when I remember the hours I spent racing around Donnington in one on TOCA (PS1). FOR: Comfy, real world quick, huge boot, 109k miles and still reliable AGAINST: Dull handling, noisy cabin, needs brake upgrade

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2009 Volvo S40 Reviews

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2008 Volvo S40 Reviews

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2007 Volvo S40 Reviews

None By Luka

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