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2011 Volvo S40 Base 4dr Sedan

2011 Volvo S40
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door Sedan, Compact
21 mpg city / 30 mpg hwy
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March 21, 2009, 6:04 pm

David K

Question: Have a volvo s40 2005, needs new engine, how much to do this

Have a volvo s40 2005, needs new engine, how much to do this?

April 2, 2009, 9:58 am


I am curious as to the events leading up to the replacement of this engine. I have had a series of problems with my 2005 S40 and last week I was told I would have to repace the engine. It all started with the dreaded PVC pressure thing that seems to be a growing trend among S40 owners. I am getting run around the bush by the dealership and told a different story every time. About 8 or 9 ago I noticed the howling noise and the check engine light was on. I took it to multiple service repair shops and had belts, misc. parts and other replacements made under the hood but the noise was still there. Additionally, the car handled TERRIBLY, vibrating fiercly (worse at high speeds) and the engine roared and choked. One place actually attributed it to another belt. About 2 months ago I got into a minor accident where I ran head on into a 6" concrete lane divider. The car lost its entire oil volume (oil pan was knocked off or something). Car was towed the dealership for repairs under my insurance. At that time, I asked the service manager to explore the mysterious check engine light reoccurance and the howling noise. The SM called me a week or so later and rattled off a bunch of things like oil trap cracked, leaking oil lines, PVC box, crank case pressure and other things that I have recently tried to familiarize myself with. he ultimately replaced the PVC and told me it was the source of all of my engine problems with the car. TWENTY NINE DAYS LATER my car was finally ready. Upon arriving to pick up my car I asked for the 200th time if the mechanics had thoroughly explored the engine and systems re: the whinning noise. I was assured they heard nothing and that the car was in good shape. One man even went as far as to say he didn't think I'd have to make another repair on the car for a year. However, before I even got in my car to drive it away, I noticed a slight, but still audible, squaealing noise under the hood. I immediately pionted it out to the service manager and insisted upon bringing my car back in at a time when Volvo could provide me a courtesy car. Despite the inconvinience of having to bring the car back in, I was elated when I drove it because it was riding so smoothly, the more prevalent howling noise was gone and so was the check engine light. My happiness was shortlived. Two days later the vibration gradually returned and worsened. 3 or 4 days in, the check engine light was back. I immediately contacted the dealsrship to alert them to these issues so they could be addressed at previously scheduled apointment. The car went in a week or so later. 3 days after that, I received a call from the same service mananger who is now telling me my check engine light is on because of some issue pertaining to the pressure of the crank case or PVC and leaking in the oil lines. He went on to say they needed to perform a $300 leak test, which would most likely reveal that the car's engine was shot and had to be replaced at my expense. I declined the test because I have no interest in keeping the car seeing as I'm sure the PVC issue would ultimately destroy the new engine as well. I picked up the car 4 days after dropping it off and, upon driving off the lot I immiedately noticed the car running signifcantly worse than when I dropped it off. In fact, it was running so badly I felt concerned it wouldn't run more than a few days. This was very different from what Volvo told me, which was the car would GRADUALLY start to develop leaks in the oil lines and the engine would eventually fail. It was obvious something was done (or not done) to the car during the 4 days Volvo had it. Over the next few days I tried to minimize the amount I drove the car. Four days after picking it up, I was driving home from work and the oil light blinked on a couple of times. It only came on for a moment before going off; however, I stopped at a service station on the way home to have my oil checked. The mechanic informed me the car had so little oil in it that it barely even showed on the oil stick. He had to put 5 quarts of oil in my car. In the 5 years I have owned this car I have NEVER seen that much oil go into my car. More importantly, how did my oil get that 4 days after leaving the dealership. There is no evidence of oil leaking under my car. My car has never historically used oil quickly. Rather, it uses so little oil that sludge is more of a concern in this car than most.

I know this is a really long post but I if anyone else is facing a similar situation please respond. I don't know if there is anything we can do but maybe it will get the attention of Volvo and save others from going through this heartache.


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