"I've had the V40 for 7 1/2 years, but only have 60,000 miles on it. I'm replacing brake pads every six months, and the brakes are noisy the rest of the time. The transmission is going out and will need to be replaced within a year (by the next owner). The vent system acts very erratically (sudden blasts of air). Speaker grill on the passenger door didn't survive the kids. The gas mileage could be better too. This is the first automatic I've ever owned, and I can't believe how fast the car has worn out. I'm a gentle driver and its never been in a collision or accident of any kind. Its a cute, solid car, but I wouldn't buy one again."
"I bought this car new and have owned it since 2000. Never had a major problem. There are some minor things that keep going bad like the headlights & taillights keep going out, the cupholder broke, etc. The window controls are in the worst spot, too. Other than that, I can't say a bad thing about it. I had a VW before this and that car broke every other week. I have 120k miles on this one and it still runs like a champ. I would definitely buy another volvo in the future."
"I bought this vehicle new in 2000 and have driven it ever since. No kids. Three dogs. One spouse &
116,000 miles. A zippy and fun drive. Really comfortable - have happily napped in tilt-back seats in driveway after a very long day. Problems are the afore-mentioned cup holder (I no longer use mine and have not had it repaired), motor mounts needed replacing, headlamps burn out frequently and are difficult to replace, parts are expensive, and of all things, the sun roof (which got very little use) started clanking somewhere up inside its sleeve and must be repaired to the tune of $700.00. All in all, I like my car and can throw lots of stuff in the back; however, since these irritating problems continue to crop up, I am looking at replacement."