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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"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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mrh writes:
2003 Volvo S40 1.9T Review
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5

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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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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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Mikval0215 writes:
2003 Volvo S40 1.9T Review
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5

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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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Christian writes:
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3

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Speed, power, traction

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build quality

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Volvo S40 2,0 T+ Performance — Volvo S40 Turbo 0-100 = 6,4 sek Virtual Blue paintjob Top speed = +250 km/h ( Gps measured ) H&R springs and Koni Dampers Remodeled Turbo Reprogrammed ECU New 2,5" pipe and racing CAT Tire = 215/30-17 Rims = Svenska falg Stereo by = Phoenix Gold, MAC Audio, Infinity and SONY Overall this is a pretty nice car to drive around in, it´s absolute best premormances is between 70 and 170 km/h. Have pressed it over 250 on Autobahn, and it seems that this is around the limit of it´s speed. I will hold on to this car for another 6-12 month´s, but after that i will look for something more powerful... V8 seems probable... Ferrari is my first choise, but financially i need a few more years to make it a reality....

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erikalain writes:
2003 Volvo S40 1.9T Review
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3

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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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Stuart writes:
2003 Volvo S40 1.9T Review
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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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Don writes:
2003 Volvo S40 1.9T Review
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build quality is amazing!

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none so far

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My Wife's Car — Just bought this car for my wife. She has always wanted a Volvo and we got a good deal on this one.

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Svetoslav writes:
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4

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the looks

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a bit slow acceleration

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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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4
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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1999 Volvo S40 Reviews

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2000 Volvo S40 Reviews

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I liked the leather on this car, it made the front and the back seats enjoyable to sit in. Seems these cars will run forever if you keep the maintenance up to date. Gas mileage was good and the car ha... Read More

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2001 Volvo S40 Reviews

Great 1st Or Budget Car. By Katie

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