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2001 Volvo V40

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Information shown for entry-level Wagon.

Fuel Economy:
City 20/Hwy 29/Comb 23 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, Turbo, 1.9 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Sweden Country of Assembly: Sweden

2001 Volvo V40 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.4
Out of 10

Based on 60 Ratings for the 2000 - 2004 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.8/10
    Quality
    7.6/10
  • Reliability
    7.9/10
    Performance
    8.3/10
  • Comfort
    8.0/10
    Styling
    7.9/10

More miles means more money

By on Tuesday, March 08, 2016

I owned and sold this car
Reason: too much money to maintain

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "incredibly safe, turbo was excellent"

Cons: "got expensive quickly, engine failures stacked up"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"I got this car at just shy of 100,000 for fairly inexpensively about 5 years ago. I put in a new timing belt, and the car ran wonderfully when I ran it sparingly. For the first 3 years, I had barely tacked on 15,000 miles, because I did a lot of walking. But when I moved out of the city, I began to use the car more. In 2 years, I racked up 20,000 miles, which should be about average for a commuter into the city. During this time, I developed an oil leak, which only worsened each time I patched it, with increasing price tags each time. In the end, when everything was patched, the increased pressure from my turbo without the alleviation of the oil and pressure leaks caused oil to burst out of the dipstick, and without oil, busted one of my pistons without warning, crippling the engine. In less than 200 miles from fixing the oil, the car had totaled itself and lost 2,000 bucks in revenue, not counting the repair costs. I was still able to sell it to a Volvo dealership for pennies (though better than the wave-goodbye from a scrapyard), as the car was only made for a few years, and parts are rare, but it did discourage me from wanting another one of these cars. It's still a fine car, and if replacement engines weren't the entire car's value, I'd have repaired it and been on with my day, but the truth is that the value of this car is in a cheap turbo engine that is not incredibly uncommon to fail after a while. I would recommend this to someone who isn't going to drive a ton, but still needs something safe for a few years without needing a long commute -- like a senior man who wants some umph to his drive in a safe car, or a new high school student who isn't going much of anywhere besides baseball practice, the movie with his friends, and occasionally out to dinner. This cars safety features are on par with the Volvo name, and despite getting t-boned by a Fiesta and rear ended by an F-150, never had serious frame damage, or personal damage besides some whiplash. However, to those of us who drive to work every day, and work is some distance away, be wary of the engine-- as there was a reason it was made for as short a time as it was. Be wary of expensive parts, oil leaks, and the turbo beginning to decay, but don't ever worry about getting hit by an idiot on his cell phone. I miss this car, but I wouldn't get another."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

the gas saver

By on Saturday, September 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drive and cheap ride"

Cons: "very comfortable"

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

"its good car, no issue in this car to bother me other than its low car since I live in Wisconsin. parts is easy to found, I love this model and I save $$$$$$ since I drive it. I wish I drive it for ever."

17 people out of 29 found this review helpful

Great at first and now won't start….

By on Monday, September 09, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Was a good car at first"

Cons: "Became a bad car as the miles added up"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"I have had this car for around 3.5 years now and I loved it at first. It was very reliable and a smooth ride, however the older it has gotten the more and more it is in the shop and I am out of a car. This past year has been the worst for my car and I have put thousands of dollars into a car that is just not worth it. It has died on me in the middle of the road before and had major oil leakage issues and now my alternator just went. However, it is an older car with lots of miles so I guess I can understand. I would recommend staying away from this car now unless you can get one with little mileage on it because apparently once the miles add up the car just dies or is in need of constant repair. I am looking for a new car now and am learning towards an Acura."

21 people out of 27 found this review helpful

Repair Bills are High

By on Tuesday, May 21, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "reliable, good gas milage"

Cons: "repair bills, parts no longer being made"

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

"I bought my 2000 V40, from someone who was not honest in what the car need, slowly making the repairs and it is wel worth it. on the high way I get 37 mpg, the turbo is fun! and for some one who is 6'1 fit realy well inside, it may not be for every, try it you might like it!"

12 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Loved it while it was good!

By on Friday, April 12, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 180,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "good on gas, fast, and spacious."

Cons: "Expensive repairs, and often troublesom"

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

"When I first got my v40 I was in love. I paid $3,800 for it last year and So far I have mad about $4,000 dollars in repairs. once you fix one thing, another goes wrong. Its a lovely car to drive when its in good condition or before it starts giving trouble. it is luxurious though, so repairs are NOT cheap!"

13 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Very good overall buy

By on Monday, January 23, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 76,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Price was good, great power, leather seats"

Cons: "Car was on smaller size"

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

"THe car has lasted 11 years to date and has not had any major repair requirements. I have used this car for many things and it has been great. THe power has worked great especially getting onto highways The only negative commment is size of car - not a problem -but on the smaller size and got used to it I will look at volvos again when i need my next car"

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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