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Is the 2008 Volvo S40 reliable?

Looking at 2008 models, and a Volvo S40 1.6d SE in particular. Is this reliable or prone to problems?

Adrian M (Boyle)

May 2013 Filed under: reliability

Expert answer

Hi Adrian,

Rather surprisingly, given Volvo's reputation for reliability and solidity, that generation of S40 was the subject of quite a few recalls in its lifetime, mostly for small niggly problems but some more serious ones too, including fuel leaks. 

The general feeling seems to be that if you get a good one, they're pretty well made and reliable, but a bad one is seriously bad with problems including air conditioning pumps, haphazard central locking and immobiliser units, faulty brake sensors and more.

Neil Briscoe - Complete Car Adviser

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