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Hi all, I'm new to the boards and i know its never good to start with a new topic <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> .<p><br>Anyways, I'm interested in getting an S40, and might pick one up coming Tuesday if all is well, just want to know if there are any things to look out for when buying a used S40.<p>The one I'm looking at so far is a 2005 S40 T5 FWD aero package 6speed with 75,000km on it, is there anything i should be aware of with these cars with this many km on it, what starts to go out first and what not, I've heard that they tend to have some electrical problems here and there but mechanically they're pretty solid?<p><A HREF="http://img36.imageshack.us/gal.php?g=20685459.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://img36.imageshack.us/gal.php?g=20685459.jpg</A>
 

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You might want to find one that is AWD. Easier said than done. I recommend studded tires come winter time though. These cars have too much torque, and then the boost kicks in. You have to be really light on the throttle, or your stability control will be taking over a lot.<p>As far as other options that you should look for, if you want to have other options as far as sound, find one with premium audio. It has a cd changer, and an aux input. Without it you are stuck in the world of fm transmitters.<p>There are a lot of options on these cars. Hard to say what the one you are looking at might have, and what you might be missing.<p>As far as maintenance and other stuff that's coming up, I'll let someone else field that one.
 

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This one has the premium sound package <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> . Minus the wheel spin issue in the winter time, how is it overall for a winter car? rust etc... <p><br>btw the car is going for 15,900...too much? too little?
 

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I think the price is a little on the high side .... As for winter i have a FWD 6MT and i really dont have alot of issues and i usually run All seasons ... <p>I am going to be getting snows this year though just because they are so darn cheap ...!
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>jdsr917</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I think the price is a little on the high side ....</TD></TR></TABLE><p>What he said. It's not a rip off, especially if it is a very clean car, but there is room to wiggle around a bit.
 

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Re: Buying an S40 (highc0ntrast)

I would check to make sure all of the recalls that have been issued for the 05's have been serviced. Main thing is the PCV oil trap issue that many people have had to fix. There are reoccurring issues that almost everyone here has run into. <p>Also, with an 05, I would make sure the battery is new.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>40 Rouge</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I would check to make sure all of the recalls that have been issued for the 05's have been serviced. Main thing is the PCV oil trap issue that many people have had to fix. There are reoccurring issues that almost everyone here has run into. <p>Also, with an 05, I would make sure the battery is new.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I just hit 40k miles and my PCV is about to get replace not to mention my car has been driven maybe once or twice a week since it was bought and almost never driven rough !
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>jdsr917</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I think the price is a little on the high side .... As for winter i have a FWD 6MT and i really dont have alot of issues and i usually run All seasons ... <p>I am going to be getting snows this year though just because they are so darn cheap ...! </TD></TR></TABLE><p><br>That price isn't high for Canada.....<p><br>If you <I>can</I> find an AWD version, I'd say go for it. If not, then oh well, the FWD will be fun too. But AWD in the snow can't be beat.<p>When I got the car, I loved it right away. Decent amount of power. Turbo boost was nice and linear. The car handles nice, and drives great. After adding a few bolt-ons, I love it even more. I bought it with 17k miles on the clock (roughly 27,000 kilometers.) Its now at 37k miles (59,000 km). No problems so far. Haven't had to replace anything, short of maintenance parts. If you like it, go for it. You won't regret it. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Considering you're from Canada (like me) that is a really good price! <br>I haven't had any issues with my car and have been extremely satisfied with the overall quality. It's tough to find a reasonably price, well optioned car with good power but the S40 certainly delivers all that. Cheers!
 

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Yeah decent price for Canada. My car actually came from your hellhole province. It's something I found out after purchasing it, and it pisses me off. YES, I have rust. Something I wouldn't have if it were an SK car. Makes me mad just thinking about the rot that's going on under it. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Buying an S40 (jdsr917)

PCV? I'm new to the Volvo world, you guys have to explain the acronyms lolz.<p><br>Id love to find an AWD but its hard to find one in manual that's decently priced.
 

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Well Volvo uses it the same as the rest of the automotive world. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> PCV= Positive Crankcase Ventilation. Ours are faulty, there is a recall to fix it. Should be free, regardless of warranty, I believe.
 

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haha sorry for being a nub <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Unfortunately the car i was looking at got sold, but not giving up on an s40 just yet.<p>Is it mostly the 05's that have the PCV problem and the electrical problems? or were they fixed in the 06 editions?
 

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Re: Buying an S40 (highc0ntrast)

I just got my 2006 S40 T5 AWD last month from the Villa. Where did you find the 2005 T5? That seems like a VERY good price. Upon a bit of mod and taking it to the track, a friend of mine is now interested in the S40 too. The Villa on Steeles have a 2006 S40 T5 AWD with 57,000KM. It is Black Sapphire....my friend really likes it but like me, he wants the 6 speed manual and this one is auto. If you don't mind an auto, you should go and check it out. Look for Aaron, we got a couple cars from him....might be able to throw in some stuff for you.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>mofolicious</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Yeah decent price for Canada. My car actually came from your hellhole province. It's something I found out after purchasing it, and it pisses me off. YES, I have rust. Something I wouldn't have if it were an SK car. Makes me mad just thinking about the rot that's going on under it. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Interesting... I thought mainly cars from back east suffered from the salt road induced rust. Sucks to have rust on a relatively new car.
 

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Rust already on an 05?? Wow. My wife's 95 850 T-5R has no body rust and it's been in VT for 8 years, CT before that...
 

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I hate driving auto...the silver got sold a while ago<p><br>BUT....i test drove this today and applied for the finance so if all is well ill have it by Wednesday:D <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><A HREF="http://img37.imageshack.us/gal.php?g=volvoiil.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://img37.imageshack.us/gal.php?g=volvoiil.jpg</A><p>first time driving a T5, and the clutch is a little tricky on it, the 2.4i transmission was beautiful though.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>highc0ntrast</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I<br>first time driving a T5, and the clutch is a little tricky on it, the 2.4i transmission was beautiful though. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>The select few who have driven my car have all complained about the clutch. You get used to it, though.<p>Hopefully your finance comes through! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Rust on the undercarriage, and suspension bits. None on the body panels or anything. The aluminum I can see under the hood (under that sea of black plastic) is corroded as well. It's not noticeable until you look.<p>...or try and put new suspension parts on.<p>It pisses me off because cars here don't rust, and my old POS didn't either. Not cool to have it on my newer car that's not a POS.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>highc0ntrast</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I hate driving auto...the silver got sold a while ago<p><br>BUT....i test drove this today and applied for the finance so if all is well ill have it by Wednesday:D <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><A HREF="http://img37.imageshack.us/gal.php?g=volvoiil.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://img37.imageshack.us/gal.php?g=volvoiil.jpg</A><p>first time driving a T5, and the clutch is a little tricky on it, the 2.4i transmission was beautiful though. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I'm a bit confused here, but good luck with the financing.
 
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