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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,410 miles

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2001 Volvo S40 lights problems

lights problem

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2001 Volvo S40 Owner Comments

problem #3

May 282003

(reported on)


  • 10,230 miles


Consumer had to replace two rear brake pads after 10230. In addition, headlights burned out and needed to be replaced. Power steering wheel shaft.

- Whitestone, NY, USA

problem #2

Oct 242001


  • miles
With the low beams on, night time visibility is poor and treacherous. I have the same problem with my Volvo 960 which the serviceman states can not be adjusted any better. I hit a deer last week in the S40 and I strongly believe it would not have happened if the headlights were effective. I have owned and driven several cars before including a Mazda miata and a Ford Explorer recently and both vehicles have excellent night time headlamp visibility. I strongly believe this is a Volvo design problem. There is greater vsibility to the side than to the front of the vehicle. Please investigate this issue before someone gets seriously hurt.

- Peachtree City, GA, USA

problem #1

Sep 062001


  • miles
Headlights do not throw a beam but rather a spray of dispersed light that lights more of the side of the road than in front of the vehicle. I do not feel safe driving this vehicle at night, especially on narrow dark backroads (which I have to travel frequently). Dealer said they have done everything they can.

- Marlborough, MA, USA

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