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Volvo V40 by Saxman on 01/24/2006. Trim: 2002 Volvo V40 1.9T, Owned 4 years.
Pros: Performance improves as the mileage increases. Never had any trouble with the engine (my wife and I drove it hard).
Cons: Turbo boost was a bit peaky - came on strong all of a sudden. The steering felt a bit heavy. We had to replace the light bulbs too often; seemed like every month one or two bulbs would burn out. The brake pads never seemed to last more than 5 to 6 months. Dealer could never accurately estimate how much wear was left on the pads, therefore we replaced brake rotors often, which was expensive. The dealer explained that since we lived up in the hills, our brakes wore out a lot faster (that was bull). My other complaint is with the tires. Because of the Turbo, the V40 is rated at a top speed of 149mph, which requires the use of high performance tires, costing $150 each (even at Costco).
Overall review: After 50K we used an independent Volvo mechanic, who felt that the 7500 mile service intervals are too long, and that typically, Volvos should be serviced every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. In which case you can avoid scraping the brake rotors. the 30K and 60K services were about $800 at the dealer. My advice is to find a good indenpendent Volvo mechanic whether you buy new or used. They are less expensive and will give you the truth about how to maintain a Volvo! Good car, but maintenance is expensive for an entry level car. Once the lease expired, we turned it in.
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