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Buyer beware. You know the V40 is a Great car but beware there are stupid omissions to the car.
Firstly as I personally drive from the UK to Europe my speedo is in Miles but the EU is kilometres, the thought never crossed my mind. Yes it does have kilometres on a very small display activated on the thumb wheel but its so small. Would you like to drive for an extended period using this. Now it has a inbuilt sat nav. Which also is locked in miles. There is a Fantastic radar speed alert system but again if driving in europe I don't know if a kilometre sign shows on the speedo as say 110 km as 110 mph, I guess my solution would be to switch off the inbuilt sat nav and use my tomtom and put a sticker over the speedo display that shows kilometres. I just also paid for a map update to my sat nav £200 only to find its still not upto date, all in all I am very disappointed, not at all what I was expecting.
I note that there is no comment from any official Volvo source.
Come on you Volvo V40 owners this is a reallly silly slip up and needs sorting. personally 5 months of the year like this will be very silly. I understand the car can be reprogrammed but each time !!!
Hi MotMot, the answer is NO it still shows in MPH, now something more serious, I have an all singing dancing V40 all beit 2013. It has Sat Nav Radar, street safety etc etc. its fantastic but I am guessing anything associated with Kilometres will still show MPH. I mentioned in a previous post that I am off to France for the Day Wednesday 22nd June so will find out exactly what will happen.
This is my guess, it will only show Miles on the Speedo (I know this because there is the thumbwheel small KPH bottom right of speedo) what concerns me is that the Radar will pick up a Kilometre Sign and put a red mark on my MPH speedo, ie 110kph will mark at 110mph also as I use Cruise it increments in 5 mph so I am guessing again this will stay.
Why am I on the case ! well I have been driving in Europe for many years, I am retired and spend at least 5 months of the year in Spain and have never had any vehicle that did not show miles and kilometres on its speedo, I use a Tom Tom sat nav which just swaps from mph to kph also says what side of the road I should drive on, it shows speed alerts etc etc. its updated on the internet, thank goodness I still have it, for the moment my only work round will be to have a manual alert on my Speedo (Sticker) switch off all speed displays on my Sat Nav, revert to using my Tom Tom. You know I am questioning if the vehicle complies to EU regs, (I am in the process of having thius checked out by my MEP Roger Helmer, still waiting about that. Re Sat Nav after asking for an update map and paying £173 for it the Map-update it is still out of date, I think this is not fit for purpose and have asked for my money back. On this subject I think there is a ray of hope in that there maybe a software upgrade on the horizon that will allow us to download a map from the internet to a USB stick and allow us to have free Map upgrades for life.
Has anybody seen the uTube video by Anders Polheimer program manager showing all the features of the V40
Not sure if anybody from Volvo reads these posts but pretty soon I am going to vist Marlow Volvo UK HQ and demand to see somebody senior to put my / our case.
All this said I love my Volvo and really enjoy driving it but you know if I had spotted this and other issues like unable to add DAB radio, I would not have purchased it and kept my V50
Sorry to have gone on but you know this is now getting to me. Whats this is saying is it can be done but the vehicle needs to be reprogrammed each time, what a load of rubbish, after guys its just software.
Thought you all would like to read comment from Volvo UK
I dont want to move I just want to go on holidays or extended trips.
Dear Mr Hornett
Thank you for your further email.
As per all of our previous correspondence there currently is no function available to change the display to reflect kilometres instead of miles. Should you wish to move to a foreign country there is an option to reconfigure your vehicle to reflect kilometres as mentioned in Ahmad’s email.
“To change the odometer unit, the technical support needs to do a configuration change of the car in the database, and then a SW download from the dealer is needed. But to change it permanently, you need to do the same action again, when going back.” However this is a permanent fix not temporary.
I apologise that we can could not respond more positively on this occasion.
Customer Relations Consultant
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