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Volvo S40 (NedCar)

2000-2004 - NedCar Platform - 4 Cylinder Engine

With the demise of the 240 in the early 90s and a proliferation of larger and more luxurious models throughout Volvo's lineup, Volvo found itself without a good entry-level model. For their new small car, Volvo teamed up with Mitsubishi, co-developing a compact, front-wheel-drive platform for production at their joint-venture factory in the Netherlands, with the first of these so-called "NedCars" going on sale in 1995.

In the USA, we wouldn't get the first-generation S40 compact wagon in the USA until model year 2000, even though it was the S40 (and its platform-mate, the V40 compact wagon) that started the modern Volvo model nomenclature: S for sedan, V for "versatile" (wagon), XC for Cross Country, and numbers indicating size, with 40/50 being compact, 60/70 being midsize, and 80/90 being full-size.

Powering these new small Volvos were new four-cylinder derivatives of the by-now-ubiquitous "white block" all-aluminum Volvo inline engine. In the US, all models came equipped with various versions of the 1.9L "2.0T" light pressure turbo, backed by either a 4-speed AW50-42 in 2000 or 5-speed AW55-5X automatic transmission from 2001 onwards.

We've found NedCars to be generally reliable, but we've noted suspension issues on 2000 models that have sometimes been remedied by front-end rebuilds with all 2001+ parts; if you're looking at suspension parts like control arms or struts for your early NedCar, it's worth double-checking which components are currently on your car before you buy.

When the S40's all-five-cylinder, P1-based second generation went on sale in mid 2004, it was sometimes labeled as a 2005 car or sometimes as a 2004.5/2004½ car. If you have a 2004 S40 and you're not sure if it's a 1st-gen NedCar or 2nd-gen P1, check out our Technical Article on how to spot the differences between them.

  • First generation S40 model
  • Four door sedan built in the NedCar factory in the Netherlands
  • Sold in the USA from 2000 through 2004 model year
  • USA models were all equipped with a turbocharged 2.0L inline 4 cylinder gasoline engine, with Siemens engine management
  • USA models were all FWD with automatic transmission

Model information is based on the USA vehicle market. Other model variations may exist outside the USA.

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