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2004 Volvo S40

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 19/Hwy 27/Comb 22 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, Turbo, 1.9 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Sweden Country of Assembly: Sweden

2004 Volvo S40 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 287 Ratings for the 2004 - 2011 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Classic for Volvo owners or looking for a S40

By on Thursday, November 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,300

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This car is a real gem, they are no longer making this series from Volvo. Excellent exterior and Leather interior. Low mileage and well taken care of, all service and maintenance records in tact. Looking to sell, best offer. first come best offer gets her."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Nice Car for Small Family

By on Monday, September 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 106,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, easy to park and drive in city"

Cons: "Noisy interior, cloth seats water spot easily"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"The Good: 2.5l Turbo Engine is very strong allowing merging and passing with ease. Brakes are quite strong. Handling is crisp and sure footed. Outside visibility is very good, few blind spots. Gas mileage is good, not great, but 28+ on hi-way, 21+ city in average driving. Will run quite well on 86 Octane Regular gas. Not a "sports" car but is fun to drive. Small enough to park easily and navigate city traffic. Surprisingly large trunk. The Bad: Uni-body construction allows for noisy ride. New tires help. Cloth seats water spot very easily and are hard to clean. Recommend leather. Interior cabin filter hard to replace (in this model year) and requires expensive dealer/shop replacement. Cabin filter can be easily clogged by small leaves and debris. (placed a wire screen over cowl vent screens to avoid this in future). Front seats very comfortable. Back seat space can be tight for large adults over a long trip."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Still satisfied after 9 years

By on Saturday, July 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 106,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive, interior quality and appearance"

Cons: "electrical bugs the first year or two"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I still enjoy driving my S40. In my opinion the style is timeless. After working out some initial electrical issues it has been very dependable. Decent but not great gas mileage. With premium I average 24 MPG in mixed driving. One negative is the cost of maintenance."

12 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Last great compact Volvo with awesome styling.

By on Wednesday, July 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,300

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Styling, solid feel"

Cons: "Front/Rear Bumper covers too soft, noisy engine"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I bought this car for my girlfriend to commute in everyday L.A. traffic and so far it has been great. She loves it mainly for all the bells & whistles like Bluetooth hands-free, great audio system with 6 disc changer, digital ambient temp readout, avg fuel readout, very cold AC, warm heater, plus a plethora of other amenities. Though there is also a moonroof but she has never touched it. But the sole reason I bought her this car is the safety rating. First of all it is a very solid vehicle and feels great on the road. The handling is tight and power is sufficient with its 2.4i engine, but most above all - the great styling of the S40! We've owned it for almost two years now. Bought the car with 36,600 miles and now just reached 50,300. The only thing we did was changed the oil from Castrol synthetic-blend to Castrol Edge 0W-30 Full Synthetic. I also replaced all the motor mounts. Didn't really need to but I felt like doing it to get most out of the vehicle. Other items are just accessory upgrades; like rubber mats, trunk cubby tray and luggage hangers, nothing mechanical and so far it has performed great. Gas mileage is average since this is an inline-5 cylinder. It is pretty spot on with the 20 City/28 Hwy claim - though I did get a bit more (apprx 30 hwy) on a road trip at cruising speeds of 80mph. It was a blast to drive and the seats are very comfortable. Car felt very reliable while on the journey in regards to both mechanical and safety - which makes a world of difference."

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Needs power seat for passenger with disability

By on Saturday, June 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Gas efficiency"

Cons: "access is a challenge (for people with disability)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Interior critique is based on our physical needs as we age. Hard for passenger to access car since seat is very low. Too bad car most manufacturers ignore the older generation in this regard. Otherwise everything about S40 is great! Just went on short road trip and clocked fuel efficiency. On flat interstate we did 48 MPG average at 50 MPH; 45 MPG average at 55 MPH; typically stayed at over 40 MPG average at 60 to 65 MPH. I find this truly amazing considering car is 11 years old and I have just serviced it once a year since we got it in 2004."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

we enjoyed it for 150,000 miles

By on Saturday, June 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 151,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "nice interior/exterior, handles well, fun to drive"

Cons: "doesn't hold its value, expensive to fix"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"We ordered this car new 8 years ago and have put 150,000 miles on it. We loved this car. At 8 years old, it still looks great, and it still handles better and rides more smoothly than our brand new Toyota. However, it has needed repairs lately, and every repair is very costly compared to working on other vehicles. Also, in our area there are no certified Volvo mechanics, and other mechanics are either hesitant to work on it, can only do certain repairs, or they refuse to work on it altogether. The car also did not hold its value well. I would buy another Volvo in the future because we did enjoy this car for a long time. However, I would either put less miles on it or trade it in once it got to about 100,000."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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