2003 Volvo S40 User Reviews

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Users ranked 2003 Volvo S40 against other cars which they drove/owned. Each ranking was based on 9 categories. Here is the summary of top rankings.

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    2003 Volvo S40 1.9T Review
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    65

    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

    Pros: Good power provided by the turbo

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

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    2003 Volvo S40 1.9T Review
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    65

    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

    Pros: good car with power. comfortable

    Cons: small if your 6 feet tall

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    2003 Volvo S40 1.9T Review
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    105

    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

    Pros: Styling, speed

    Cons: nothing to mention

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    2003 Volvo S40 1.9T Review
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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

    Pros: Best as a long distance cruiser

    Cons: Not really built for fun, ultimately dull

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    2003 Volvo S40 1.9T Review
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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

    Pros: the looks

    Cons: a bit slow acceleration

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    2003 Volvo S40 Review
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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....

    Pros: Speed, power, traction

    Cons: build quality

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    2003 Volvo S40 1.9T Review
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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.

    Pros: build quality is amazing!

    Cons: none so far

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    2003 Volvo S40 1.9T Review
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    25

    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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    55

    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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    85

    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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    Reviews From Other Years

    2011 Volvo S40 Reviews

    It Is A Very Fun Car To Drive. The Performance Is Just Right By Venolc1

    this car as i said is one that demands to be driven hard.it is not bad on gas,there is not much noise coming in when you are driving.the ABS brake makes me feel safe when i am driving.i love driving m... Read More

    2010 Volvo S40 Reviews

    Do You Want Speed? Then Drive This Car! By Jaemin

    acceleration is good Braking is good handling is soso interior is good gas.... It depends on how you drive. :) If you like accelerating and some kind of racing? Then I wanna tell you to drive this ca... Read More

    2009 Volvo S40 Reviews

    Safe And Reliable By csalgado31

    This has been a great car. Very safe like all Volvos and it has a great look and ride. Volvo did it right with this one. I definitely recommend this car for students or just a great commuter vehicle f... Read More

    Myy Grey Volvo By Baja_474

    not run in yet but looks super excellent finish although it scratches very easily stereo not the best heated seats are nice handy headlamp washers will do most of my motoring in france so the cruise ... Read More

    2008 Volvo S40 Reviews

    An Excellent Car For Anyone -- From College Student To Successful Business Exec To Soccer Mom By migration_wtfstatus

    I would recommend the Volvo brand as an alternative to the typical German lineup (Audi, BMW, and Mercedes). You definitely get more bang for your buck. The interior can be upgraded to compete with the... Read More

    Volvo S40 D5 2.4 Se Sports R-design By Colin

    acceleration is good brakeing is good as is handeling and build quality hasnt needed any repairs done apperarance is nice inside and out m.p.g is not to good at 23 m.pg.combined .but is a fun car to d... Read More

    2007 Volvo S40 Reviews

    Great Confortable Commuter By Debob

    This car feels so solid, comfortable and safe. it has very good handling and braking. The interior makes other cars look and feel so cheap in comparison. The car also can hold lots of stuff in its tr... Read More

    None By Luka

    beatiful style and fancy interior, but lack of storage space in the cabin and boot is just average....electronics sometimes show strage alarms, but till now the main CPU has cleared it all.....probabl... Read More

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