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Hi,

This is my first post and looking for help! I am in the UK and looking to buy a 2016/17 T2 or T3.

I have read various threads and does the newer V40 with the Volvo 2.0 petrol have the same potential clutch issues as the earlier Ford petrol engines?

Am I correct in that the cars with the issues are the ones with reverse near 1st gear on the gearchange and that the cars with reverse to the right of 6th gear do not have the issues?

If that is correct, the does that mean that some pre-facelift 2016 cars are ok as well as all of the 2016 facelift cars?

Also, I see that the T2 has its torque come in at lower revs than the T3? I do lots of commuting, so I wonder If the T2 would be better for me? There seems no great reason to buy a T3 over a T2 as they have the same torque? What do T3 owners think? do you have any real improvment with a T3?

Sorry - lots of questions, I have also heard that Volvo servicing is also rather expensive? but is this just Volvo main dealers, or is servicing a V40 expensive even via local garages?

thanks for any help...
 

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The T2 and T3 do not have the same torque. The T2 is 220nm while the T3 is 250nm. Peak torque on the T2 comes in slightly earlier than peak torque on the T3 but obviously that peak figure is less... The peak torque also goes higher in the rev range on the T3 - hence the fairly high % increase in max power.

I went for the T3 because I want to feel comfortable overtaking on single carriage roads. Having said that, I would say realistically the T2 is more than adequate in 90% of scenarios! My personal advice would be if you can afford a T3, in terms of buying and insuring, then you might as well go for the higher output car. I doubt fuel economy is that much different between them.

Volvo servicing does seem more in line with "premium" brands but if you plan on going to your local independent garage then the difference would be a lot smaller. Volvos are not specialist vehicles so any decent mechanic will be able to do the routine stuff.
 

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I've got a T3, and I test drove a T2 previously prior. I also had a 1.0TSI car before and the test-drive and the T2 felt slower than that said 1.0 engine! If you can strech to the T3 cost wise, I would recommend it. Please note the torque does come in lower down the revs on the 2.0 manuals compared ot the 1.5 Autos. I don't believe there is any difference in fuel economy figures which from experience would be in the region of 27-35mpg city driving depending on traffic, and possbly up to and around the 50mpg mark on longer higher speeds within the speed limit. Best I've got was 53 mpg on a 35 mile jouney from Stansted airport to my place in East London.
Servicing wise, coming from VAG cars, Volvo is more pricey, my first year service was in the high £200s, but I had to use Volvo dealer as it is a lease car. If yours is out of warranty, would suggest using a good independent garage which would probably do a better job and charge significantly cheaper.
 

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You can also go for the T2 and then look for a good tuner. The engines of the T2 and T3 are the same, only software makes the difference in HP and torque.
 

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What I also suggest: listen to engine when it's doing 1500-2000 rpms. If you hear a whining noise, it can be that the balance shaft module needs replacement. You can google for this. It doesn't seem to happen a lot, but it's better that you don't have to pay for the expensive replacement.
 

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You can also go for the T2 and then look for a good tuner. The engines of the T2 and T3 are the same, only software makes the difference in HP and torque.
While that is true, I don't think it's an economical way to do it by the time you factor in the cost of the tune and potential issues getting insurance. Certainly in the UK, there are lots of insurers that won't even quote on a car that's not standard.
 

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Thanks to everyone so far - can anyone confirm for me how to avoid the cars with clutch issues - are all the Volvo engined 2.0 petrol cars ok? the ones with reverse to the right of 6th gear?
 

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One sure way is to buy one with Automatic gearbox. They are amazing.
Good luck.
 

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If you have concerns do not buy the car. You will spend valuable energy worrying about when it will fail.
Just walk away, easy and be happy you did
 
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