Getting an '07 S40 2.4i, what should I expect?

apav
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Asked by apav Jan 28, 2013 at 12:18 PM about the 2007 Volvo S40 2.4i

Question type: General

I am in the market for a newer (2007 and up) used car. I came across a 2007 S40 2.4i. 85,000 miles (mostly hwy it looks like), clean
carfax (3 owners though, 1 of which only had it for a month), looks brand new. It was obvious to my father and I that this car was
well taken care of. I didn't notice a single scratch or ding. Another thing was the price. The Volvo dealer (which has received
excellent reviews online) is asking for just below $10,100 out the door for it. Tax, title, documentation fees, transfer of plates, and
inspection fees included. This is by far the cleanest and nicest car I have looked at, and it's also the cheapest.

Here's a crappy picture I took of it, just so you guys can see it. They just put new tires on too:
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I did notice two things that worry me though.

1.) White stuff under the hood. I was weary at first that this might of been flood damage from Hurricane Sandy. A mechanic friend
of mine said it looks like oxidation from the fans, but I just want to ask you guys, do you know what this is? Photo's of the engine:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8051/8420344679_917be39730_c.jpg

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2.) Acceleration. I knew before I test drove the car that it wasn't going to feel as zippy and sporty as the T5 model, but wow was
the lack of pickup scary. I was making a legal u-turn into oncoming traffic, I pushed the gas pedal down, the engine roared but I
wasn't getting enough speed! It took so long to merge I was afraid I was going to get hit! Maybe I'm just not used to it, maybe I'm
still a little uneasy and nervous after my accident (I'm a young driver, I feel like I'm going to get into another accident now, a little
scared to be behind the wheel again! :eek: )

I'm not looking for a sports car, I'm just commuting to college, driving to work, and occasionally going out with friends. I want to
go with another Volvo because I'm used to them, they're super comfy and safe, and above all else, have the best ride out of all the
cars I have driven!

If anyone knows, what's the difference between the engine in this car and my 2001 S60 2.4l?  I know I will be better on gas, but
did my old car have a better, zippier engine? Just want to know what to expect using my old car as a comparison.

3.) What kind of fuel should I give this car? I always did 87 with my old car, mainly because money is tight. But I understand that this
is a premium car, and it is recommended for maintaining it that you use more premium fuel. My Dad said I'll be fine with 89, but what
do you guys think?

4.) Going to get a warranty, for an 85000 mi car I think I need an aftermarket one. So for a little under 2 grand with tax, I can get an
exclusionary warranty, 24 months or 24000 miles with a $200 deductible. Is that something I should go with for this car? I think
they were originally trying to give us 24 months 12,000 miles, but another dealer was giving us better so they matched it in the
end. I wanted it through a Volvo dealer because, well, it's a Volvo!

Thanks so much guys! Sorry for the long post, just wanted to clear my doubts so I don't regret making this purchase :) Don't
worry if you can't answer all my questions, I just would like to hear your opinions/advice if you don't mind helping me out!

7 Answers

tenspeed
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1. The white stuff is aluminum oxide. Normal looking aluminum corrosion.

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tenspeed
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2. Slow acceleration - it could be normal - it could be a slipping transmission. Find a Volvo forum and ask other owners how fast it's supposed to be. Have your mechanic drive it.

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tenspeed
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3. Fuel grade. Best thing to do is to buy several tanks of each kind of fuel and log the MPG's. If 89 gives you better efficiency, use it. The engine can burn either grade of fuel but it retards the timing with the lower grade. That lowers the MPG's. It may be less cost per mile to use 93.

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tenspeed
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4. Warranty - I don't like them. I rather pay for the repairs when and if they happen. I've only had one vehicle that needed a major component in 45 years of ownerships. Do you have the cash to pay for a warranty? If you're adding it to your monthly payments, it doesn't make sense. You're prepaying for repairs and paying interest too. Put the money into a certificate of deposit and use it as your next down payment if you don't need it for repairs.

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apav
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Thanks for the help! About the fuel, I think Volvo recommends to use premium. Whether it's 91 or 93, I don't know. The real question is if the difference in cost of 87 and 91/93 is less expensive than the more frequent trips to the gas station if I'm using 87. I know this is a premium car, just wondering if I could get away with it without hurting the engine. Here's another question actually, will using premium fuel give a noticeable difference in performance? Like for instance will I accelerate faster using 93 instead of 87? As for the warranty, my parents are paying for the car, I'm paying for my insurance. They want to get it for peace of mind (last car we've had so many $500 repair bills for small parts they add up), so more power to them. Going to go with an exclusionary. In some cases they cover brakes and tires too! Thanks for your help :)

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tenspeed
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" will using premium fuel give a noticeable difference in performance?" --- It will add a few more horse power and 1/4 mile times would be lower but it won't be all that noticeable on the street. Some say that there might be long term engine damage due to knock. -- Run several tanks of each fuel and use the grade that returns the best MPG's. If 91 and 93 give you the same miles per gallon, use the 91. The engine isn't using the extra power that 93 has. Thank you for the "helpful" clicks.

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apav
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Never used this site before so I didn't notice that. But I just did now! :) Thank you so much for all your help! I just got it and I love it!

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