hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,000 miles

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2004 Volvo S40 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Volvo S40 Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 012011


  • 6,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Volvo S40. The contact stated that he experienced a significant increase in stopping distance while braking on three occasions. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 04V493000 (service brakes, hydraulic:power assist:vacuum:hoses, lines/piping, and fittings). The failure mileage was 6,000.

- Grove City, OH, USA

problem #3

Feb 012010


  • 45,000 miles
I am writing to officially inform you of a problem that continues to need to be replaced on my 2004 S40. I have owed the car since 2006 and am about to bring it in for the forth (4) time to have the hydraulic brake valve pump and hoses replaced. Only this time it is not under warranty because I have 65K miles on the car. So I have to pay for this unwillingly. The brakes lock and the car continues to slide. I have had one MINIfender bender due to this issue, but my insurance won't acknowledge that it was because of the car. Since I have experienced this so many times, I know when the problem arises.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 062009


  • 80,000 miles
The event leading up to the failure is simply a defective part after some usage due to a poor welding job at manufacture. Volvo has only recalled one vehicle to my knowledge but they needed to recall all vehicles during that year. The failure is the car has a hard time stopping when the brakes are applied the care continues to move and rough engine idle. The parts that were replaced were the vacuum pump and valve at brake booster, hoses, lines and fittings. Repair cost $840. The air bag light has continued to come on/off since the purchase of the car. It is defective. The drivers side sips bag needs replacing total cost $801.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

problem #1

Dec 242008


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Volvo S40. While driving 30 mph, the vehicle rapidly accelerated automatically. The vehicle would not slow down when the brake pedal was depressed. The contact had a difficult time pulling the vehicle over to the side of the road. The vehicle behind her notified her that the vehicle was on fire. Flames appeared while attempting to pull over the vehicle. The police department was notified. The vehicle was towed to her residence and then to the Volvo dealer. The tires and other equipment were damaged by the flames. The vehicle is currently being diagnosed by the dealer. The failure and current mileages were 65,000.

- Winchester, VA, USA

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