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I LOVE MY CAR!!! by Shannon on 02/17/2011. Trim: 2006 Volvo S40 2.4i, Owned 1 year.
Pros: I wanted a small car to commute to work, but also wanted a safe car. The S40 is the perfect combination. It handles great in high traffic areas, and has great acceleration for when I need that extra boost. I currently get 23.7mph in the city. The Flint Gray is a great color that doesn't show when it's dirty and I have received numerous compliments on how stylish the car looks. The power driver seat gives me just the right amount of lift so I feel comfortable while driving (I'm 5' tall). And the backseat is big enough to fit a large portable dog kennel.
Cons: The passenger seat (not powered) is extremely difficult to get out of, and you almost have to "fall" into it when getting in the car. I didn't consider trying that part of the car out until after I bought it. Since I bought it used, the leather seats are cracked and look "old". I'm sure if they had been properly cared for, they wouldn't be splitting. There is no ipod hookup in the car and the radio and AC knobs are peeling. I do not particularly care for the center console style, except for the "hiding" spot behind it. The trunk opening is not big at all, And the wiring harness' in the doors are known to go bad (but are not expensive to change)
Overall review: I bought my Volvo used (from a non-volvo dealership) with just under 50k miles. My first week in the car was tough. There were minor electrical & AC issues, but the local Volvo dealership fixed them at no charge. Volvo truly stands by their product! I love the way it looks and handles & I notice people staring at it when I am at gas stations, and I have had several people say it looks similar to a BMW. If you keep the tires properly inflated, and keep to the scheduled maintenance, this car will last a long time. I will be purchasing the 2011 S40 next because it has an ipod connection, better leather, and both front seats are powered...which are the main issues I have with my current car. This car is not expensive to maintain either. Volvo for life :)
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