Choosing a used volvo s40


Loved by many, the legendary Volvo S40 was recently released in the third generation. This, oddly enough, did not give dealers the opportunity to reduce prices for the predecessor, and lovers were waiting for it. On the other hand, the cost of this car was already moderate, so there wasn’t much waiting for the decline. We learn from our article all about this car and try to figure out whether to buy it second-hand.

Volvo S40 car

Volvo S40 car

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History and motor series

Volvo S40 is built on a common Ford-Mazdov platform, differing from them expressive design. Some experts see this as a feature of some arrogance and great self-confidence. Highlight the car reliable and more powerful engines. It is also surprising that the market history of the model turned out to be too long by today's standards - for more than a dozen years the model has not left the assembly line. This proves a priori the fact that the Volvo S40 is a reliable car. Otherwise, he would not have survived so much, given the conditions of fierce competition observed throughout history.

Not a year goes by, as the sedan is replaced by a wagon, which was given the name V50.

Year 2003

At first, both versions of the Volvo S40 were equipped with engines of the so-called in-line "fives".

  • Gasoline unit 2.4 liter and 140/170 liters. with.
  • Petrol unit of 2.5 liters and a capacity of 220 liters. with. turbocharged.
  • Turbodiesel volume of 2 liters and a capacity of 136 liters. with.

The last version of the unit was put only on the European versions of the machine.

С атмосферными бензиновыми моторами этого автомобиля неплохо взаимодействовали 5-ступенчатые МGearbox и АGearbox. На турбодизель ставили 6 МGearbox.

2005 year

In 2005, they upgraded the engine range, which was supplemented by a gasoline four-cylinder engine and some turbo diesel engines.

  • Petrol "four" to 1.8 liters and 125 liters capacity. with.
  • A 1.6-liter turbocharged diesel unit with a 109 liter capacity. with.
  • A turbocharged diesel engine of 2.4 liters and a capacity of 180 liters. with.

Бензиновый вариант двигателя сочетался с 5 МGearbox, дизель на 1,6 − 6 МGearbox, а 2,4-литровый R5 – исключительно 6 АGearbox.


After the modernization of 2008, the engine row began to look like this.

  • 4-cylinder 1.6-liter petrol unit with a capacity of 100 liters. with.
  • 4-cylinder gasoline unit of 1.8 liters capacity of 125 liters. with.
  • 4-cylinder petrol unit of 2.0 liters capacity of 145 liters. with.
  • A 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine with a 230-liter turbocharger. with.

As for the turbo diesel, they looked like this.

  • Four-cylinder 1.6 liter capacity of 109 liters. with.
  • Four-cylinder 2.0-capacity 136 liters. with.
  • Five-cylinder with 2.4 liters capacity of 180 liters. with.
Technical data of Volvo S40
Year of issue20032008
Body typesedan / station wagonsedan / station wagon
Length / width / height, mm4468/1770/14524468/1770/1452
Base, mm26402640
type of drivefront fullfront full
Trunk volume, l405405
Volume of fuel tank, l6262
Weight, kg13501805
Gearbox5 МGearbox5 МGearbox/5 АGearbox
engine's typegasoline R4gasoline R5
Working volume, cm317982435
Maximum power, l. with.125140
Maximum speed, km / h200205
Acceleration time 0-100 km / h, s10,99,9
Fuel consumption, l / 100 km77,5

Salon and equipment

The small Volvo S40, and many people call it that, is endowed with a rather roomy cabin where four people fit. As for the fifth passenger, in the middle he will taste all the delights of the so-called "elbow attack" from the side. But in front of the quite comfortable, even to people with considerable growth. Pleased also adjust the driver's seat and steering column. Thanks to this, driving will be comfortable for both tall drivers and short people. However, the trunk of the car did not cause good feelings, because it is too small and its opening is quite narrow. On the other hand, a full-size spare tire fits under the floor, which in the conditions of our country can be considered as an obvious plus.

Salon car Volvo S40

Salon car Volvo S40

It fully complies with the brand's luxury image, the quality of finish and the level of interior performance. Ergonomics can be called practically flawless. The main controls are quite well located and they can be very well manipulated, making it even blindfolded. On the steering wheel are the volume control buttons and the button for changing radio stations. Everything can be called ideal, if not for small nuances. In particular, we are talking about an inconvenient washer turning on the parking lights and low beam, which is very difficult to regulate. In addition, the work of the rear wiper switch, which most likely was installed either by a pianist or a person with a non-standard type of thinking, is not very clear. The switch is located at the end of the stalk lever and it will be convenient to get it only to people with elegant and slender fingers.

All controls are conveniently located.

All controls are conveniently located.

But equipped with a used Volvo S40 just to envy. Already in the basic version, the model is perfectly equipped and is able to boast not only ABS with EBD, but also several airbags, a heated mirror and much more. In addition, a used Volvo S40 is found with an automatic transmission and in more expensive versions, which are equipped with xenon headlights, electric mesh and climate control.

Used Volvo S40 and its parts

On the Volvo S40 at one time even put engines from Ford and Mazda. These were four-cylinder petrol engines of 1.6 and 1.8 liters, with a capacity of 100 liters. with. and 125 l. with. respectively. The basic engine is a little weak, but it is considered a reliable unit. It does not have congenital "sores", and occasional malfunctions are not of a mass nature. Good operation and the Japanese engine 1.8 l. True, over time, he begins to "eat" more oil. This means that the lubrication level on a used Volvo S40 with this engine will have to be monitored often, because the engine will soon become unusable due to oil starvation. But this motor can not withstand serious repair, as when tightening the bolts the thread in the aluminum block fails. On such versions, the operational period and iridium candles do not survive. We have to put new ones. It is not necessary to buy original candles in this case. And the usual ones, which are much lower, are quite suitable for this.

Volvo S40 car: side view

Volvo S40 car: side view

Petrol "fives" do not have hydraulic compensators, gaps in the valve mechanism. Experts see this as an advantage, because such motors are very reliable and can reach as much as 500 thousand km from the overhaul. But on such an engine, however, as on all gasoline engines, the valve of the system for changing the timing of the engine hangs. For this reason, Volvo S40 owners are advised to flush it with a special fluid with this engine. Discounts for new cars! Profitable loan from 9.9% installments 0%, which will help eliminate the characteristic tarahtenie and the loss in power. On such motors, the crankcase ventilation system clogs over time. Because of this, crankshaft oil seals soon fail.

Much more reliable look manual. On cars with such a box after 150 thousand km of run, the arm of the lever costs 2500 rubles.

Volvo S40 car: rear view

Volvo S40 car: rear view

The automatic version of the Volvo S40 with a Japanese engine to 200 thousand km of run is worse in this regard and the hydraulic module at a cost of 48 thousand rubles wears on it. However, after the modernization of 2008, automatic boxes have become much more durable.

Now the suspension, which is quite reliable and does not ruin the costs of the owner of a used Volvo S40. True, wheel bearings are a weak point, because after 70 thousand kilometers they fail. Approximately the same time, hold the stabilizer at a price of 3 thousand each. More than 100 thousand km "survive" ball bearings at the cost of 2,000 rubles each. As for the front shock absorbers, they are able to serve 150 thousand kilometers, and the rear shock absorbers are even longer. But the original shock absorbers are very expensive - 5,000 rubles each.

Volvo S40 car review:


Вольво S40, вопреки бытующему мнению, совсем недорог в эксплуатации и ремонте. Запчасти на него можно легко достать. Кроме того, на Вольво S40 идут детали от Мазда и Форд. Приобретая подержанный Вольво S40, можно стать владельцем автомобиля с отменными ходовыми качествами, ярким и неординарным дизайном, богатым оснащением и неплохой шумоизоляцией. Среди недостатков Volvo S40 можно выделить тесный салон, особенно в задней части, и недолговечный АGearbox. В остальном кар надежен, хотя и теряет быстро в цене.