Thursday, April 26, 2012

1999-2004 Volvo V40 Baby Jackrabbit Wagon Reviews / Film Festival

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1999-2004 Volvo V40 Baby Jackrabbit Wagon Reviews / Film Festival

One sentence: The 2001 V40 "Baby Volvo wagon" is a jackrabbit performer with goodies typically found on a $45,000 euro-luxo car that blows away any $10,000 Subaru or Honda.

A well kept secret. While the masses pay an arm and a leg for a Honda, Toyota or Subaru Outback, why not look at a Volvo that blows the doors off a Outback and gives a WRX a run for its money for a lot less money?

I just test drove one of these little 2001 V40 Volvo baby wagons and WOW this thing is loaded, and it fast compared to my 2001 Legacy L which is just a plain-jane dull but practical and popular car.  The one I saw at 405 automotive in Woodinville uphill from the Costco was $10,000 for 40,000 miles which is crazy low miles for this price, much less than any Subaru with miles like that.

This one was loaded - heated power seats, auto-climate,  sunroof, CD _and_ cassette which can 't get on any car now. The most impressive thing is the wipers on the headlights which you don't see on any Subaru or Honda. These were $30,000 new but this loaded one has everything you'd find on a top-end $30,000 Accord plus stuff like headlight wipers not usually seen except on $45,000 cars. Seating is nearly as generous as the Legacy, cargo isn't too much less.
Headlight wipers

Man the turbo is zippy. It is 160HP with a turbo. That's nothing nothing like the 240 HP turbo in a WRX,  it's not even the 170 in a Subaru Impreza w/o turbo but it is still really fast, or at least feels fast.  The T4 in europe had 200 HP which Top Gear called a real screamer, and guys on Youtube push it to 160 MPH in one mile. The base car in Europe only puts out 105 HP.

It is very easy to spin the front wheels even going in a straight line, very little turbo lag, maybe a second after you mash the gas pedal, it just goes. I remember the Subaru Impreza wagon and sedan which had the same 170 HP engine are also very fast, but not as equipped as this car. Spec 0-60 is under 9 sec, which is average for a V6 sedan, but it feels much faster when you hit the gas and stand on it.

Power seats

By comparison, the Subaru Legacy has 170 hp with no turbo, (same engine as the Impreza since Subaru was too cheap to build another size of engine for the smaller car, which is why the Impreza has a too-big engine in it) but the transmission just doesn't respond with more than gradual acceleration. It can be driven fast eventually and carefully with AWD, but doesn't feel like much fun to sprint or throw around corners. The resale on this Volvo is awful from the standpoint of somebody that bought it new, but it's an absolute steal when people feel like they have to buy only Honda, Toyota or Subaru at this age.

Cassette CD, auto-climate

I just drove a rental Rabbit/Golf in MN which was an awesome driver, but it doesn 't have as much cargo space, no auto-climate or headlight wiper. The VW got 25 MPG on the highway with a 5, about what this thing usually gets, and it wasn't screaming fast like this wagon.

Some other reviews:

Most agree it's a very fast car, good room, looks good, some mixed reviews on reliability, but Consumer Reports rates it as average.

This first version was introduced in Europe in 1995 based on a joint Ford-Mitsubishi project, but it sure looks like a Volvo in its dash and styling. The next (current) version uses the platform used on the Mazda 3 and Euro-Focus.

PERFORMANCE: Small, useful wagons can be fun, and fuel-
efficient. While the torque rating of the V40's 1.9-liter light-
pressure turbocharged four-cylinder engine is unchanged this year 
at 177 lb-ft from 1800 through 4500 rpm, minor enhancements 
boost horsepower from 160 to 170. That's enough to be noticeable, 
and helps the fun-to-drive factor with no major impact on fuel 
economy. At 26 mpg according to the trip computer for mostly city 
and secondary road driving, the V40 is considerably more fuel-
efficient than even a small ``crossover'' SUV. Turbo lag is virtually 
nonexistent. The five-speed electronically-controlled automatic was 
introduced a couple of years ago, and continues to benefit both 
performance and fuel efficiency with smooth, adaptive shifting.

CONCLUSIONS: The Volvo V40 combines space, versatility, 
safety, and economical performance in a way that no small sport-
utility can.

2003 Volvo V40 Wagon

Base Price   $ 24,900
Price As Tested          $ 29,355
Engine Type   dual overhead cam 16-valve light-
                                 pressure turbocharged inline 4-cylinder
Engine Size   1.9 liters / 115 cu. in.
Horsepower   170 @ 5250 rpm
Torque (lb-ft)   177 @ 1800-4500 rpm
Transmission   5-speed electronically-controlled 
Wheelbase / Length  100.9 in. / 180.2 in.
Curb Weight   2,822 lbs.
Pounds Per Horsepower         16.6
Fuel Capacity   15.9 gal.
Fuel Requirement  unleaded gasoline, 91 octane for best 
Tires    P195/60 VR15 Michelin MXV4
Brakes, front/rear  vented disc / solid disc,
                                 antilock standard
Suspension, front/rear  independent MacPherson strut / 
                                 independent multilink
Drivetrain   front engine, front-wheel drive

EPA Fuel Economy - miles per gallon
    city / highway / observed  22 / 30 / 26
0 to 60 mph    8.4  sec


Volvo S40

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Volvo S40/V40/V50
2008–present Volvo S40 (US)
ManufacturerVolvo Cars
PredecessorVolvo 440/460
SuccessorVolvo V40
ClassSmall family car
The Volvo S40 is a compact executive car produced by Volvo Cars. It introduced the first generation S40 (Saloon) and V40 (Versatility/estate) cars in 1995. The second generation arrived in 2004, and the estate's name changed to V50.
The range was replaced by the new Volvo V40 five-door hatchback in 2012.



[edit]First generation (1995–2004)

First generation
2000–2002 Volvo S40 2.0, Australia
AssemblyBorn, Netherlands (NedCar) RayongThailand PretoriaSouth Africa[1] Shah AlamMalaysia[2]
Body style4-door sedan 5-door station wagon (as V40)
LayoutFF layout
1.6 L I4 1.8 L I4 1.9 L turbocharged I4
1.9 L diesel I4 2.0 L I4 2.0 L turbocharged I4 Standard in North American models and only available in North America rebadged as 1.9T
4-speed automatic 5-speed manual
5-speed automatic
Wheelbase2000–01: 2550 mm (100.3 in) 2002–04: 2557 mm (101 in)
Length2000–01: 4470 mm (176 in) 2002–04: 4521 mm (178 in)
Width2000–01: 1720 mm (67.7 in) 2002–04: 1717 mm (67.6 in)
Height2000–01: 1410 mm (55.5 in) 2002–04 S40: 1423 mm (56 in) 2002–04 V40: 1426 mm (56.1 in)
RelatedMitsubishi Carisma Proton Waja
In the summer of 1995 Volvo released the S4/F4 series but had to change the model's name as it conflicted with Audi who had already reserved the "S4" name The quickly renamed S40 saloon (sedan) and V40 (Ferrari objected to F40) estate (station wagon), manufactured at the NedCar factory inHolland (a pre-Ford joint venture between Volvo and Mitsubishi Motors) and based on a common platform with the Mitsubishi Carisma. (a car nobody in the US has heard of) The V40, with Drag coefficient of 0.32,[3] was the first whole model to be introduced under the direction of the British designer Peter Horbury, Volvo’s Design Director, [3] and was marketed in Australia, North and South America, and the Far East.[3] The V40 was named the ‘Most Beautiful Estate Car in the World’ at an Italian award ceremony.[3]
In 2000 Volvo updated the 40 Series ("Phase II"),[4] implementing a number of technical improvements, e.g., improved engine management, direct (diesel) fuel injection, extra safety features, larger brake discs, new front suspension and steering, revised rear suspension, larger tires and a widening of the track width. A minor facelift gave larger headlights, more streamlining and larger rear light clusters as well as minor instruments and fascia re-design.
The 40 Series cars were equipped with four-cylinder engines, such as a 1.9 turbo diesel or 1.6 (1588 cc), 1.8 (1731 cc, later increased to 1783cc), 2.0T (1948 cc), 1.9 T4 (1855 cc, later increased to 1948cc) or 2.0 (1948 cc) fuel-injected gasoline engines all of which are derivatives of the modular whiteblock engine series that started life in the Volvo 960 and carried in both 5 and 6 cyl formats in Volvo's bigger FWD cars. There was also a 1.8 L (1834 cc) Gasoline direct injection engine provided by Mitsubishi as part of the platform sharing between the 40 series and the Carisma.
The Volvo S40/V40 series was a completely new car from the ground up, with no engines, with the exception of the 1.9 Turbo Diesel engine carried over from the old 400 series.
The low (2.0T) and high (1.9 T4) pressure turbo variants at the top of the motor range. The 2.0T was rounded down and badged as 1.9T and was the only engine available in North America. The 5 speed manual transmission, widely available in Europe was not certified in North American S40s, with the 5 Speed automatic as the only option. No electric CVT transmission was planned unlike the 440 HTA / High Tech Auto CVT that had been released before the 400 series was completely phased out.
In the UK trim levels were XS, SE and CD.
A racing version (S40) was introduced in the British Touring Car Championship in 1997 and in 1998 the car, with Rickard Rydell, took the championship.
Due to the common platform, many components of the suspension and drive train are compatible with Carisma as well as the Mitsubishi Evolution III.[citation needed] and Proton Impian.
The Volvo S40 was the first car to earn four stars in Euro-NCAP.

[edit]Engine specifications

SpecificationS40 1.6S40 1.8S40 2.0S40 T4S40 2.0 turboS40 1.8iS40 1.9D
EngineB4164 S (16V)B4184 S (16V)B4204 S (16V)B4194 T (16V) Top GearB4204 T (16V) USAB4184 SM (16V)D4192 T
Power (kW/PS)@rpm(77/105)@5500(85/115)@5500(103/140)@6000(147/200)@5500(118/160)@5100(92/125)@5500(66/90)@4250
Torque @rpm143 N·m (105 lb·ft) @4200165 N·m (122 lb·ft) @4100183 N·m (135 lb·ft) @4500300 N·m (220 lb·ft) @2400-3600230 N·m (170 lb·ft) @1800-4800174 N·m (128 lb·ft) @3750176 N·m (130 lb·ft) @2250


Calendar yearUnited States[5]Canada

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