Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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hardly worth mentioning
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
10,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. purchased new system (1 reports)
2002 Volvo V40 accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2002 Volvo V40 Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 162003

(reported on)

V40 1.9t

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles


Volvo makes a great car. HOWEVER, the stereo components they put in these things are pretty lame. Avoid getting the "premium sound package" with your new car since you can upgrade with a better system for less money through a reputable stereo place. Great Northern Stereo in Burlington Vermont did a crappy job on my first install, but an independent installer straightened out they mess they made. Sony Xplod is a great head unit with an amp that boosts the sound quality dramatically. They might tell you you can only use Alpine upgrades with your Volvo; this is bullshit. You can simply get a premade wiring harness and put aything in those cars. Just be certain that you get someone who knows what they are doing. Circuit City is full of morons, Best Buy--morons, Great Northern Stereo-definite morons. You'll probably need a new subwoofer and head unit. The two combined should run about 600 bucks.

- , Burlington, VT, USA

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