Trying to decide on a V40 2002. Help appreciated

Discussion in 'Volvo V40' started by canuck2002, Aug 17, 2006.

  1. canuck2002

    canuck2002 Guest


    I am looking at buying a 2002 V40 with only 23K on it. The vehicle
    looks clean
    and has a lot of options. What shall I be carefull about when
    examining this model? Also how do 2002/2003 owners feel about their

    My previous car is a Mazda Protege5, which is also 2002. I was so happy
    with the Mazda(maybe opened the hood 5 times in 4 years, just to check
    the oil), that if I were to start running into issues with the Volvo I
    might be upset. We need the extra cargo space, so that's why I am
    considering a low km V40 or a Honda CRV/ Toyota RAV4.

    Should I consider getting the extended warranty of 2 extra years?

    canuck2002, Aug 17, 2006
  2. canuck2002

    John Smith Guest


    Think you are better to budget for parts rather than purchase a
    warranty, you may be lucky. The car won't be as reliable as a Mazda.
    Check engine mounts are OK, the condition of the brakes (incl rotors) -
    the backs wear way faster than the fronts, as well as bearings. Also,
    the roll bar bushings wear fast - check this as well.

    I have a 98 V40 T4 and there are a few issues but best to find an
    independent workshop and get them to service it. Here in Australia, most
    dealers are woeful - I can tell you some horror stories however now I
    service it with an independent and I like the car again!!

    Also check and for more information -
    you will find way more owners of the S/V40 there than here.

    Car probably won't be as reliable as a Mazda but this doesn't mean its
    not a good buy.

    Good luck

    John Smith, Aug 19, 2006
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