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> Volvo S40 Reliability Question
post Apr 13 2019, 05:01 AM
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Hi Volvo redditors. I'm looking for a new car and I really like the 2005-20xx S40's, I believe that's P2.

How reliable is this car? I see a lot of high mileage ones for reasonable prices, but I tend to be wary about buying high mileage cars particularly automatics. I've read that the P2 cars have unreliable automatic transmissions, is that true? Does that extend to the 6 speed manual S40's?

How does the engine hold up? 2.4i vs T5? Is one engine configuration better in terms of durability?

Thanks for your help.

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post Aug 12 2020, 03:32 AM
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These aren't the Volvos of old, so don't buy one expecting it to be bulletproof. If reliability is a top priority, go Japanese (equivalent luxury can be had with Infiniti and Lexus, though the seats probably aren't quite as comfy).

That said - the T5 AWD model with a 6-speed MT is a hoot, and is the only way to go, IMO. I owned one for two years and loved it. I ultimately sold it because the glitchy electronics were costing me a fortune - buyer beware. I also found the interior build quality to be pretty weak compared to ze Germans. Very nice looks, but cheap feel and a bit rattly.
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