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Volvo S80 vs. Volvo S40 Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Volvo S80 or Volvo S40 reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Volvo S80 and the Volvo S40 truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Volvo S80 and Volvo S40 reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Volvo S80 and the Volvo S40 were a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Volvo S80 and the Volvo S40 have been recently.

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Volvo S40 Reliability Results through June 30, 2014

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Volvo S80

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Volvo S80

Volvo S80 Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Sedan 235-horsepower 3.2L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Have almost completed 11 months. Till now no major breakdown or service requirements... Will be able to comment after 24 months of use. However, preventive maintenance cost stings a bit
Volvo S80 Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2000 4dr Sedan turbocharged 268hp 2.8L I6
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
previous owner put in trans, throttle body, brake module, strut and supp, I replaced siren (caused sys malfunc), melted term in main fuse box, cam actuator, re-wrapped wire harness in engine compartment due to excessive heat, lower control arms, tie rods
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Volvo S40

Volvo S40 Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2002 4dr Sedan turbocharged 160hp 1.9L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
After 75k miles the dealer who sold it to me and where I had been servicing it told me I should get rid of it. The problem is sludge due to infrequent oil changes. The check engine light keeps coming on. This first happened before 40k miles.
2002 4dr Wagon turbocharged 160hp 1.9L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
In general the car is well built, durable, and for the most part reliable. However, The electrical/electronic system is over-engineered, prone to failure, and expensive to repair (alternator $800!).