really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,000 miles

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2007 Volvo S40 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2007 Volvo S40 Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 092011

S40 5-cyl

  • 23,000 miles


12/9/2011 while on an incline driving at approximately 25 mph brakes failed, even after pressing pedal all the way to the floor, car failed to stop causing collision with vehicle in front despite more than necessary braking distance maintained between two vehicles and under clear, sunny conditions. Note: Dealer had completed 10-point inspection during oil change 14 days before occurrence. 8/2011 car flooded with water internally and on floor/carpet. Second occurrence. Sunroof drain pipes replaced and car seats, carpets, foam padding removed and dried. Owner required to pay 50% of cost of labor and parts, even though was to have been repaired in 2/2011.2/2011 first incident of car flood with water internally and on floor/carpet. Sunroof replaced and car seats, carpets, foam padding removed and dried. Sunroof replaced by Volvo, owner incurred labor costs. Warranty expired 2 months and 1 week before taken in. Car had undergone 22500 mile check with nothing noticed by Volvo while under warranty! regular maintenance was done at dealers at recommended schedule and dealer performed state-required safety and emission inspections.

- Burke, VA, USA

problem #2

Oct 142011


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Volvo S40. The contact stated while driving 30 mph, she applied the brakes and a brake light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop and the contact was informed that the vehicle was leaking brake fluid. Brake fluid was added to the vehicle as a temporary remedy. The vehicle was then taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated NHTSA campaign id number 08V101000 (service brakes, hydraulic:foundation components:master cylinder). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 76,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Plantation, FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 182011


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Volvo S40. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph the brakes failed causing her to crash into the rear of a vehicle. The driver sustained minor injuries, whiplash and was not transported to the hospital. A police report was filed. The vehicle was inspected by an insurance adjuster who confirmed that it was destroyed. The failure and current mileages were approximately 63,000.

- Windemere, FL, USA

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