Are you confusing a TSB with a recall? If I'm not mistaken, a TSB is simply like an updated manual technicians are given to help correct common issues that have been corrected in a way not necessarily recommended initially. No free work is done with a TSB.<p>Right? Chime in if I'm wrong...maybe you do simply want the TSB info, in which case, sorry for the info you already knew!
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>ForceFed Motorsports</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Theres only 2 TNN's regarding power steering complaints and both are noise related. A high pitch whine can be heard in which there is a new style pump available for replacement. Thats it really.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I know, major ressurection here... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I had a high pitched whine when making a slow and tight turn tonight...heard it twice in fact, but no more on the way home an hour after that.<p>Kyle- IF that's what I have, what $ neighborhood am I in for getting the new style pump swapped in? Just looking for a ballpark in case I have to start talking to shops soon. Also, what's the chassis # cut off? Mine's an '05.<p>Thanks!<p>
Re: Power Steering TSB for 2005 S40? (ForceFed Motorsports)
Huge thanks guys...Shadow for posting the TNN and Kyle for the great info. <p>Given my whining sound it's looking like I'm heading this way...to the tune of about 6-700. So what I've learned, this far, is that I'll be averaging one sizeable repair each month w/ this POS. Sorry guys- I know you love S40's (and I do too, in terms of looks/performance)- but this is not a reliable car at all (though I am glad many of you have had good luck, b/c you're a great bunch.) I've had it three months...1st month was the DDM, 2nd the PCV and this month the power steering. Oh, and my TCV also appears to be toast (though that's a nominal expense.)<p>Sorry that you're having to hear my ranting again. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> It's a little frustrating as I went to such great lengths when buying this car (2 Volvo dealer pre-purch inspections, verified every detail, verbally, of the service history, one owner car, etc., etc. ) I know, I simply stumbled upon a lemon (though, oddly, it didn't have a lemon service history.) Still, at this point I am getting Zero joy from this car- quite frankly I'm anxious when turning the key, I never listen to music anymore b/c I'm keeping my ears open for the next issue...just plain scared to drive it. Oddly I bought this car b/c I want/need to do more road trips, but too scared to go a few miles from home w/ it. It's also very embarrassing- I get nothing but ribbing from my buds and family. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I just have to decide what to do w/ it. I don't feel good about selling it (but will have to, but still hate to pass this on to someone else) and don't feel as though it's likely I can get another european sedan for what I'll get out of this car (w/ comparable mileage, it's at 48K now.) That's part of why I bought the car- bang for the buck (in that the S40 offered sub 50K mileage for sub 15K.) For less than 15K I'll be in a much higher mileage car (around 70K plus.) Just feel trapped w/ this thing, and I want out so bad. No more Volvo's, that's for sure. My goal was to keep it a year (waiting for my bro in-law to sell me his car) but at what it appears the monthly cost of operation is I could be spending 500/mo in a car payments and be saving over this thing (if this pattern is to keep going which, at this point, I have absolutely no reason to believe that it won't.)<p>Sorry for the rant folks...just venting. Again, you guys have been great. <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by EricV at 7:10 AM 11-19-2009</i>
I never buy the first model year of a new chassis/engine. My last vehicle was a 2001 jeep cherokee 4.0L 4x4. No problems, especially with the engine. Would be driving it today if someone didn't wreck it. The cherokee was introduced in the 80's. You've got to give these guys time to work out the kinks.
Re: Power Steering TSB for 2005 S40? (thisdothack)
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>thisdothack</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I never buy the first model year of a new chassis/engine. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I couldn't agree more, and THAT was the one thing screaming in my head when I bought it, saying "don't do it!" Still, after all the research I'd done and the fact that the service history said it was solid, I figured this particular car was a pretty safe bet. Oh well, live and learn.
With the S40 your much safer buying 06 and later. A lot of the bugs got worked out in the later model years. Not saying stuff still doesnt fail with the late model S40's but if you notice many of the things that are mentioned in TNN's are regarding updated parts that are now used in the newer S40's...
Re: Power Steering TSB for 2005 S40? (ForceFed Motorsports)
So for toots and giggles what's the opinion of the gang on mine? Here's where I'm going w/ that Q...and you know this slippery slope.<p>On the one hand I'm thinking I MAY soon have recitified all of the weak spots on this car, and if such holds true then perhaps I should stick this out. <p>So, IF after the DDM, PCV, Power Steering...what else should I be anticipating? I'm really having a tough time gauging whether or not I should stick this one out. I do love the performance of the car, as well as the looks, but at this point it seems so unbelievably unreliable it would be fooliosh to keep knocking my head on this wall. Volvo is taking a tiny ding here b/c I (llike so many) sheepishly tell my tale to anyone interested in hearing it- and each person has walked away saying "hmmm, I don't think I'll ever go w/ a Volvo." <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> Now don't get me wrong for sub 15K for a sub 50K car I expected cheap/substandard, but not quite this bad. <p>Thanks!
Id say stick it out but from a professional standpoint bout the only thing thats left to fail thats common is the door harnesses. Theres small stuff along the way like ECM SW to fix the MAF adaption issues and ICM glitches that are fixed with SW but overall these cars mechanically are very solid. Dont have any of the suspension failures the other chassis volvos due.<p>Mostly just electrical and some random parts quality failures...<p>Other than the SW reload for the new pump, long as you can remove your front bumper its a pretty user friendly install. Could probably be done by yourself and then just bring the car in for the SW.
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>EricV</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">So, IF after the DDM, PCV, Power Steering...what else should I be anticipating?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>A pre-owned Volvo is like a needy woman... It takes love to get love back. If you want a cold bit(h that you don't have to take care of, get a Honda and drive it for 100,000 miles without changing the oil, throw it away, and get a new one. <p>On my two 2005 S40s with a combined 50,000 miles, the only thing that failed on both was the PCV, which in both cases was replaced for free under EWP205. My current one had the power steering done by the PO, not because it failed but because he hit a deer and it took out the hold pump. The last one had the accessory belt snap, and needed new rear calipers after one too many ebrake pulls from 120mph. Had a CD player die but that was replaced under warranty. I've replaced one battery because it wasn't starting as fast as I wanted. <p>All that said it's not an unreliable car. It has never failed to start, and it's never needed engine or transmission work (my friend's 335xi has had the cams pulled 3 times for VANOS, another friend's Cayenne had the transmission fail at 2500mi). It's only actually died once, and that was after driving with no alternator belt for 35 miles. <p>IMHO it won't continually cost $500/month to keep an '05 unless you are grossly negligent about maintenance or take it off-road rallying on a regular basis (every once in a while is okay). I budget $150/month for maintenance and repairs and rarely use it all. So personally I'd keep it, but I may be biased... The last one saved my life <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0">