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Hey All!<br>I have owned my S40 T5 AWD for two weeks tomorrow. So far, I have spent eight hours in the waiting room at Portland Volvo and $120 filling my tank four times (in six hundred miles) My gas mileage according to the computer is around 14 in the suburbs, and goes to 17 when I am on 295 going to the dealership. (average) My drivers side rear tweeter started buzzing at 400 miles, and now my center speaker does the same at deep tones (prem. sound and nav.)<p>Is this a sign of things to come, or is this normal? <br>Should I bear with it or trade it for the 325xi I wanted to further overspend on <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> ?<p>Thanks!
 

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Re: NIGHTMARE!! (meiac09)

I'm surprised that you haven't been here longer doing your pre-purchase research. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Read the archives to get a sense of "normal". Remember that folks post about having problems more than not having problems. Driving style can be a significant factor in fuel mileage too.<p>We picked up our V50 T5 AWD in Sweden earlier this month and put 1,800 miles on it in two weeks of driving across Europe and the UK. We averaged about 25 mpg with some enthusiastic road driving mixed with a good bit of urban (the computer said our <I><B>average </B></I>speed was 55 mph). Petrol ran around $7.00/gal.<p>We had absolutely no problems with the car. Our premium sound (w/o nav and the tiny center speaker) sounded fine too.<p>Your call on the beemer. I drove the previous chassis before I purchased my XC70 last year. I wasn't overly impressed, the T5's turbo makes a big difference here in Colorado's thin air.<p><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by jackf at 7:53 PM 6-25-2006</i>
 

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Re: NIGHTMARE!! (meiac09)

I used to get about 140 miles a tank before I started using the freeway going to school, now I can barely get 210 miles. I have a lead foot, so with the engine constantly under boost the fuel mileage can suffer. However I averaged about 28 mpg during a 160 mile trip, which is pretty good. About 3 weeks after I got my s40, it died on me and wouldn't start after that, so the dealer had it for a whole week, and finally fixed it. There was a rattle in my front suspension when I first got it, and a few other minor problems, but nothing that makes me hate the car.You'll have problems with any car you have(including BMW <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> ), and the ones you have aren't that bad.
 

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Re: NIGHTMARE!! (meiac09)

My V50 AWD's fuel economy was low for the first 5 or 6 tanks, then it steadily rose. The ECU doesn't start to adapt until it has 1K or 2K miles on it, then it generally rises until 5K to 10K miles. Even so, don't expect high 20's from an AWD, I get low to mid 20's (avg) personally.<p>Tom.
 

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Re: NIGHTMARE!! (meiac09)

Hmm, what's a nightmare here, especially with two !! ? Gas mileage? It's normal for the brand new car (enjine breake in, CPU adaptation, etc). Tweeters? big deal. Guess beemers install different ones? I suspect all of them are made by the same Chinese guy anyway <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><br>If you are generally disappointed with your car - then you should've done your homework better. Each and every brand has it's own problems, so you'll be hard-pressed to find an ideal vehicle. Deal with minor issues and be happy with your car, it's a lot of fun, trust me <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: NIGHTMARE!! (meiac09)

Why would somebody want to trade in a S40 with the EPA rating of 20 mpg / 29 mpg on a BMW with a rating of 19 mpg / 28 mpg to save on fuel? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>First thing I'd check is your right foot, after which I'd realize any 3400 lbs 4wd, 218+ HP auto slush box ain't going to get 1900 lbs 90 HP Honda Civic MPG.
 

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Re: NIGHTMARE!! (meiac09)

While the commentary here on fuel economy during the early miles, your driving style, and so on is all valid, 14/19 is terrible and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. The EPA test methodology is a joke and it's the exception when you'll match or beat its numbers anyway, and on top of that the S40 is a thirstier car than one might expect. But it should be doing better than 14/19 except on an occasional exception basis, or if you're just driving the heck out of it or are in stop-and-go most of the time. Are you?
 

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Re: NIGHTMARE!! (mullmann)

I remember how I would have driven a turbocharged car when I was 16!<p>I think the kid was trolling and we may have given the topic more life than it deserved. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: NIGHTMARE!! (jackf)

yar, thats pretty bad consumption.. even when mine was new i didnt get much less than 18mpg with mainly city driving..<p>now since tuning, average about 19 mpg with mainly 80-90% city driving.
 

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Re: NIGHTMARE!! (meiac09)

Sorry to hear about the problems with your car. I'm getting 25 MPG mostly in town, with short interstate stretches as I shoot from one end of the city to another...no more that 10 miles at a stretch for the interstate runs. <p>Just a Ti, not a turbo, air conditioning on, and brisk driving. The car has 2,500 miles on it. I may have seen 28 MPG on a 167 mile interstate trip. I too hope the mileage will improve a little as it breaks in. Then again, it is better than the Mitsubishi Montero I was driving <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> Far less painful experience at the gas pump these days.<p>The Walter Mitty in mean wishes for a turbo <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: NIGHTMARE!! (meiac09)

My S40 has been a piece of crap too - I've taken it in 8 times (#9 tommorrow) for problems...<p>Scratched Door on pick up<br>Scuffed Seat Belt on pick up<br>Radio lock up<br>2x Climate Control Problems<br>Steering Wheel Failure (needed a tow)<br>Mirror light fell out?!<br>Wind Noise<br>Passanger Airbag Failure <p>AND TODAY - Wind Shield WASHER STOPPED WORKING!<p>Contacted Volvo Canada - they don't care.<p>Dealer doesn't care.<p>Anyways I'm ditching my Volvo soon - BMW, Toyota, Honda... here I come!<p>
 

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Re: NIGHTMARE!! (coolspot18)

Well the wheel lockup is a problem, never happen to me so i could not tell you if there was an easy fix. but please scratch on door and scuffed seat belt and your radio locked up and you turned it off and turned it back on <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> wow major nightmares there....... not.<br>
 

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Re: NIGHTMARE!! (coolspot18)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>coolspot18</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Anyways I'm ditching my Volvo soon - BMW, Toyota, Honda... here I come!<p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yeah, all these brands are totally scratch-resistant and therefore - not crap. And I'm sure honda dealer will be taking a lot better care of you and your car <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>BTW, strange brand line-up, what does BMW have in common with Toyota or Honda, so that you put them as your choice for replacing your POS Volvo? <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by d_man at 6:25 PM 6-29-2006</i>
 

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Re: NIGHTMARE!! (meiac09)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>meiac09</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Hey All!<br> So far, I have spent eight hours in the waiting room at Portland Volvo and $120 filling my tank four times (in six hundred miles) My gas mileage according to the computer is around 14 in the suburbs, and goes to 17 when I am on 295 going to the dealership. (average) </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Sounds like something's way wrong with your car. I have the T5 AWD and get about 23 in the burbs and about 32 on the highway with the CC set at 65 in 6th gear.
 
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