Volvo S40

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Volvo S40 Review

Volvo S40

2012 Volvo S40

A new era in the history of the brand said in 1996, when it debuted compact sedan S40. Volvo fans finally got a chance to own a car with a modern and dynamic exterior design, without compromising the legendary durability, reliability and safety of the Swedish production. However, the Volvo S40 does not throw expected market bomb. Cool reception is largely due to the fact that the car was not really very Swedish. A look back at the history of Volvo shows that compact models of the brand has always been derivative of other vehicles. Since the 70s, when the Norsemen first glimpse of the segment, the smallest members of their range are pure DAF. In 1975 Volvo even buy Dutch company and just changed the car emblems. Goes back and cooperation “Tulips” and Swedes, which continues to this day. In the 80s compact models 440/460 are quite analogous structural similarities with production of Renault, but also produced in “low land.” On NedCar, joint venture, Volvo and Mitsubishi, was given the honor S40 assembled in the mid 90s.

Volvo S40

2012 Volvo S40

As many times it came, the Dutch are not very effective in the automotive world. The quality of cars produced in NedCar, inferior to the rest of the production Volvo and Mitsubishi. This affected the unpleasant subject S40 in the first years of kareirata an otherwise well-engineered sedan designed and competently. Like many other modern developments, the Swedes decided to save money and benefit from pratformeniya principle, share the cost of development and aggregate base model with Japanese partners. The result was two cars that many consider technological twins. Despite the common ground, however, Volvo S40 and the Mitsubishi Carisma not quite the same car. Of the roughly 5,000 parts for each of at least 4,000 vehicles are completely different for the two models. 650 others are only made by the Swedes, and 350 – only Japanese. Unfortunately, the differences between the Volvo S40 and Carisma end of the level design. During the first two years of his life, both models suffer from almost the same defects, suggesting breakthroughs in the production process.

Volvo S40

2011 Volvo S40

What can not be denied the little Volvo are the qualities of the body. Furthermore, it seems surprising harmony not only by the standards of the Swedish brand, but compared to the vast majority of members of the hard competition in the class model even as pleasing combinations, which is a stunt to Volvo tradition of universal design. Notes on the accuracy of fit can be made only to cars in the first months of production, then everything falls into place. As befits a Swedish car, be it from Holland, corrosion preparation of the body is absolutely perfect, and even the smallest traces of rust must give potential buyers because they speak to punch and botched repairs and frugal.

In 2000, Volvo compact sedan undergoes a radical modernization. It hardly affects appearance, but “hardware” is seriously changes beginning with the materials in the body and lead to the extension of the base of the car by 12 mm. While continuously making a lot of effort in elimination of the interior, and the Swedes fail to reach the standards of the larger models. Salon manufactured before 2000 cars tends to creak, and inferior to the material used in modernization.

Volvo S40

2011 Volvo S40

Real feast of engines care to satisfy the most discerning buyers of Volvo S40/V40. They can choose from seven petrol and one diesel, covering a power range from 105 to 200 feral horses of top model T4. Again with the supercharged, but low pressure to equip and modification with no less impressive 160/163/165 hp Even in its atmospheric variant 136/140 horse its 1.9-liter engine is shown to be the most suitable as a balance between performance and fuel consumption. Similar indicators have smaller motor size 1731 or 1783 cm3 (115 and 122 hp respectively). It should not be confused with the 1.8-liter GDi of Mitsubishi Carisma same capacity. He knows the letter “i”, but in reality the differences are much more sensitive. Direct injection of the fuel has undoubted advantages in terms of fuel consumption, but rather capricious quality as good as any petrol and more complex unit shows more defects. The smallest 1.6-liter engine is only for peaceful leaders.

As for the turbo to the power of 90, 95, 102 or 115 hp estimates are more positive. It delivers Renault, spend less and dapna good but can not compete with gasoline engines, but somehow does not fit the dynamic appearance of the Volvo S40/V40. Misses some oil gaskets, but that goes for the rest range, but the problem is rarely serious consequences that can be said for transmissions.

Volvo S40

2010 Volvo S40

Far more criticism applies chassis of the compact Volvo. As with Mitsubishi Carisma first two years of production marked by mass complaints of resources on the front axle, suspension settings and ride quality of the car. Swedish engineers work tirelessly to remedy weaknesses and finally they obviously pissed because in 2000 radically altered its characteristics, the materials that are manufactured chassis details and track increased by 16 mm to achieve more comfort. As a result of their work cars produced after processing, not only have a much better road performance and unmatched ride and better.

In another issue, however Scandinavians have to deal sooner. Rapid wear of brake discs characteristic of the earlier specimens, sometimes leading to a dramatic decline in the efficiency of the brake system which makes Volvo to take radical measures of fear of being undermined the reputation of the brand in the field of safety. The entire unit is undergoing a major redesign in April 1997 and no problem. Uneven the parking brake between the two rear wheels, however, remains on the agenda in 2000

Decision and then get another, slightly unexpected for Scandinavian car drawback – low efficiency of headlights in low beam mode. Luckily installation problems electrically limited to, him. In any case, 2000 proved a turning point for S40/V40. Then the little Volvo finally managed to earn belonging to the famous brand. The cars produced can then be recommended with a clear conscience.

Volvo S40

History of the model

Volvo S40

2009 Volvo S40

2/96 Presentation of the model. Four-door sedan and five-door wagon. Engines: 1.8-liter with 115 hp and a 2.0-liter with 136 hp
4/96 2.0-liter engine with 140 hp now
12/96 New 1.9-liter turbodiesel with 90 hp
5/97 New engines: a 1.6-liter with 105 hp, 1.9-liter with 200 hp turbobenzin liter and 2.0 “soft” turbo petrol (with less pressure) with 160 hp
10/98 New 1.8-liter gasoline engine with 125 hp
1/99 New turbo direct-injection 1.9-liter with 95 hp
5/99 Processed engines: 1.6 liter 109 hp already, now 1.8 liters with 122 hp, 2.0-liter with 136 hp now
4/00 slight facelift additional motors: 2.0 Sport T4 turbo with 200 hp, 2.0 T turbocharged with 165 hp, 1.9 D turbodiesel with 102 hp and 1.9 D turbodiesel with 115 hp
8/00 New Motor: 1.8i 16v with 122 hp
5/01 New Motor: 1.9 TD turbodiesel direct injection with 102 hp
4/02 Improvements in the model changed equipment
4/04 Stay of proceedings. Heir S 40 (sedan) and S 50 (combined)

Volvo S40

2008 Volvo S40

More than 90% of the smallest Volvo sold as 40 V, ie as a station wagon. Volvo has a very good profile of the brand image of a reliable and solid car. With 40 models Sweden had set his goal to bring the best features on the model of the middle class. To keep production costs at a decent frame Volvo cooperates with Mitsubishi.

On almost the same base in Holland produced Volvo S40, Volvo V40 and Mitsubishi Carisma. The comic thing is that Volvo breaks more often and have a worse profile statistics damage. Typical for the brand’s security suite. In the smallest model level is almost the same as the larger models, not only because of the famous system of protection against lateral impact SIPS. However, some shortcomings in the details are disturbing.

One is the setting wheel that is too low, even at the highest point of regulation. In terms of comfort models offer a 40 average. Sport models are too hard, while the default setting is too soft. In this space in the back seat is unusual for Volvo too closely. Good words on behalf of that deserve strong brakes.


Volvo S40

2007 Volvo S40

40 models combined with market share of over 90% are quite expensive and the second hand market. More than ¼ of all specimens have diesel engines, which are not infinitely desirable. In early ’99 turbo diesel engine with 90 horse was replaced with a direct injection diesel engine with 95 hp Only after 2000 Volvo offers two superb diesel engines from Renault.

In petrol engines the most well received among buyers find the 1.8-liter with 115 hp, although the 2.0-liter with 140 horses cope better with the weight of the vehicle. Turbo petrol with an output of 200 horses reaffirmed concerns at all over powered cars. Offering sports performance, but raise the cost to extremely uneconomical quantities.

Common failures for Volvo S40

Engines: lost oil hoses and faulty turbo. Broken timing belts diesels

Cooling and fuel systems: faulty fuel pumps and hoses to cool cut

Electric: 97/98 generators and many defective turn signal relay, rare cases of problems with immobilizer and battery empty

Pros: + best quality workmanship, strong diesel engines, plenty of space

Cons: – higher service costs relative comfort, thirsty petrol engines

Comments from owners of Volvo S40

Volvo S40

2006 Volvo S40

Jaws and hinges are broken but cheap. Suspension is generally simple, fast and cheap. The car rides pretty solid.

Clutch – a matter of luck, someone changed it, others do not. The bad clutch that as most powerful petrol and diesel has a flywheel damper, which is recommended to be replaced too, but outrageously expensive. Clutch is like any other car.
The engine is strong, but it is a matter of luck.

In newer vehicles must be replaced with the clutch. Of course it depends on driving behavior, which is indicative of the fact that it changed some 100,000 others of 200 to 250,000 km. The price of the kit is around 1000 euros for V50. Even recently I had doubts / 90000 is a car-I do not know how real / and visited the workshop where I laughed over silly concerns. So is consumable as otherwise broken clutch gearbox. My colleague is right – a matter of luck and a proven history of the car.

I have a 2000 Volvo S80 and Volvo S40 are 97 gasoline …

Volvo S40

2005 Volvo S40

Can you talk about the D5 engine a bit. A little, a little, how can a little. The year is 2004, the bike is D5, body only slightly larger than a Volvo S40. You also mention this because we are buddies and repair usually something together

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