2003 Volvo V40 User Reviews

2003 Volvo V40 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 6 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:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 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 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5

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MacGarver writes:
2003 Volvo V40 4 Dr Turbo Wagon Review
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4

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Fun to drive, comfortable front seats, sporty, safety

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not much leg room in rear seats, 'check engine' light issue, radio

MacGarver
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V40 Delight — I bought this car initially for my wife to drive our kids around. However, with the price of gas hitting all time highs, it quickly replaced my SUV and became my daily commuter. I bought it used (a lease return), it had 70,000 km on it. I paid $16,000.00 CDN. I love the fact that this car goes like the wind. It is agile, and superb in the winter (especially with a good set of snow tires). I am very thankful that I chose to purchase the extended warranty from Volvo. Not something I usually do, but I had heard the repair costs may be high and it was my first Volvo, so I had nothing to go on. 3 months after buying it the timing belt suddenly snapped. This cost over $3000.00 (no cost to me personally) to repair as it also bent other internal engine components. Other than that it has been very reliable, only minor wear and tear issues (light bulbs, oil/lube/filter, etc.). The build quality is pretty good, although the paint seems to chip easier than I'm used to and there's a rattle on certain pavement types that Volvo has been unable to replicate. Another irritating thing is the 'check engine' light seems to come on constantly. The culprit has been everything from the gas cap not sealing properly, to "over-filling the gas tank (who knew you could even do that), to a fuel sensor. Today it's on again. I don't like the radio controls. There are no dedicated preset radio buttons, so you have to take your eyes off the road while you scroll the dial for your presets channels. Dumb. Don't get me wrong I love this car. The front seats are super comfortable, it's fun to drive (I know, it's a wagon, but it's true) and it's not too hard on the wallet at the pumps. I would say buy one if you have small kids (leg room/car seat room cramped in the back if driver is taller)or a need for an economical wagon, with a great safety record. Update 2012. Still own this car. It nows has 225,000 kms on it (about 140,000 miles) with no end in sight. I have had to do very little to this car since buying it used in '07. I have replaced a windshield and both headlight assemblies (all from stone chips). One thing I have discovered that bugs me about this car is the rear window wiper. It does not sweep the entire window. Due to the curve of the glass it misses a huge piece. Very annoying. My local service dept has been honest and said that there's not much they can do, it's just a poor design. Still no rust. Everything works great. I drive a lot of rural, back roads (gravel) and am finding it incredibly durable and reliable. I would almost certainly get another Volvo. I just wish they would make a hybrid or import their diesel to NA. It is starting to look rather dated, but what can you do?

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Martin writes:
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sturdy

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buthing

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God Car — a bit slow to accellerate has a smaller turn ratio than my golf II Matinance is easy looks rael nige fuel consumption is 10l pr 100 km cost araund 200 euro pr year to maintain (first year) YES I'S A NICE RIDE AND YOU FEEL SAFE

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bambus writes:
2003 Volvo V40 4 Dr Turbo Wagon Review
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Nice Family Car — Well built family car that to date hasn't caused me too much trouble, my only gripe would be that high Service costs that Volvo charge.

Owner for 3 years, 7 months

Miles Driven per Year:10,000

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Juha-Pekka writes:
2003 Volvo V40 4 Dr Turbo Wagon Review
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nice to drive, performance (163 hp), smoothly working automatic gearbox

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should be bigger from inside, the fuel consumption (urban)

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Volvo V40 Turbo Automatic Wagon 2003 — Although it's just a basic small size Volvo Wagon, it's still a good car. Not necessarilly a beaty one but not a terrible either. THe driving is good so as the performance. Consumption should be slightly smaller. Exterior styling look a bit old-style (from the mid-nineties), but it ok to me. So far the maintenance costs have been reasonable. It has now 160 000 km on it's tacho and it's still running nicely.

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Steffen writes:
2003 Volvo V40 4 Dr Turbo Wagon Review
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sporty look for a wagon

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loud when driving 200 km/h

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Love It — This car is a good alternative between sporty and also a big trunk. It drives very nice and the swedish steel is build for ever. I have the diesel which makes 37 Miles per Gallon.

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Scott writes:
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Reliable, comfortable, leather interior, spacious, good looking

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not an Audi RS4

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Great Daily Workhorse — My daily commuter car - gets me to and from work in comfort.

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Reviews From Other Years

2002 Volvo V40 Reviews

Great Car By joshwalter

A really great car that is fund to drive. It is very reliable and rides well. The cost of ownership is low. We've keep thorough records and always used the top oil for maintenance. I highly recomm... Read More

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2001 Volvo V40 Reviews

Nice Family Car, Enough Storage For Three, Get The Horrizontal Roof Rack It Helps, By sportfamily1

Lots of turbo lag at low rpms. Confort in driver seat is les than desireable, all the others are perfect. Only seats two adults in back, but what do you expect from a entry level sedan wagon. But once... Read More

What Is That? A Toyota, A Ford? "no, It's A Volvo!" By Andrew

Performance: When tuned up properly and serviced regularly, even tho' it's only a "low pressure" Turbo, it ROCKS! Build Quality: What you would expect from the "entry level" of the Volvo line...it tri... Read More

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2000 Volvo V40 Reviews

Easy To Drive, Semi Luxurious And A Good Fit For Me. By mikey2me

Nice little wagon with upscale looks and safety features. I think its very distinctive and relatively rare on the road. I also like supporting my Scandinavian heritage. After all, they explored North ... Read More

2000 Volvo V40 4 Dr Turbo Wagon By David

Peformance: Very smooth, reasonably quick. Brakes are good, Handling nice and tight, unexpectedly good. Build Quality: All good. Appearence: Very nice, discreet. Cost of ownership: Good on fuel and ch... Read More

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1998 Volvo V40 Reviews

Brilliant Car Would Be Reluctant To Sell By Daz

what can i say i love it , she has the lot heated seats , leather , just great .This car is a good all rounder it has all what a family could need and all what a single guy could want , it has the l... Read More

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1997 Volvo V40 Reviews

1997 Volvo V40 By David

Peformance: Very smooth, reasonably quick. Brakes are good, Handling nice and tight, unexpectedly good. Build Quality: All good. Appearence: Very nice, discreet. Cost of ownership: Good on fuel and ch... Read More

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