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It's like the site has been a sounding board for our beloved V40 for over a year...but the quality posts are now becoming fewer and the rot is setting in?

Put another way, the V40 is likely now rolling off the production lines perfectly and we seem to be attracting people who either a) can't be bothered to read the owners manuals, b) don't "get" Volvo or what it's all about c) post darn ridiculous stuff because they're too embarrassed to walk into a dealer and establish facts, d) want measurements on the boot height for the family dog e) don't understand that taking seatbelts off while moving will sound alarms f) somehow want to change something like it's a 1980's Ford Escort and thinking they can bypass two dozen software modules or god forbid f) are drifting from BMW and Audi dealers and lowering the tone!?

As I see it, is it fair to say that a good volume of pioneering posts on the site have done their job to appease real queries and genuine curiosities when the V40 was breaking ground, but these posts are in the "depths" of the site and becoming lost.

Perhaps the forum has served it's time for me with a near year old V40...or are the posts getting a little bit lazy, strange and....I dunno!?

Perhaps one for "Senior" members to comments on?

Darren
 

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I drop in here every day and have a read, but don't have much to post about.I'm not sure the V40, or even the previous S/V40 have the same brand loyalty and enthusiasm as older Volvo models... It is,after all, a ex Swedish,now Chinese owned company who are building a car based on a Focus, with a French engine built in Belgium. Most people who buy them have gone through the usual choice between a Golf/Focus/Audi and chosen the V40 so are enthusiastic about their car,but not enthusiasts. Even the car magazines seem to forget about the V40 now. It certainly isn't a game changer like the 850T5 or the XC90.

Awaits flaming...but hopefully starting a debate.
 

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Well DarrenCC some items found or questions asked can be stupid to some people i agree but go into my local volvo dealer and ask how big is the boot standard answer 386 lts.
Next software modules, my auto start fuction is now permantly switched off took ten minutes and a relay.
Why you asked my car stalled 3 times on me when i needed to move quickly nearly causing my car to be destroyed, ask volvo why they cant reverse a switch so you switch it on not have to switch it off
Car was inspected by them and nothing found to be wrong. I took there service manager around the block and stalled it twice once while he was driving.
So yes i believe we have a right to ask and change things.
 

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Perhaps one for "Senior" members to comments on?

Darren
That is quite a rant Darren. I am offended at some of your comments. Who hurt you Darren?

I am more than happy to help any v40 owner with any query. We are all amongst friends. I always considered this site to be a place where I could give and receive help.
 

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As one of the oldest members of the forum (October 2012), I have to say that I generally agree with DarrenCC. I am also of the same opinion: Dive into your manuals, or search through the forum. Most topics, questions etc are answered there.

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As one of the oldest members of the forum (October 2012), I have to say that I generally agree with DarrenCC. I am also of the same opinion: Dive into your manuals, or search through the forum. Most topics, questions etc are answered there.

Chris - Greece
Thank you (sarcasm)
 

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@ andlep: This is only my humbe opinion and I feel I had to declare it, dear Andlep! Also, "sarcasm" is a greek word and I am fully aware of its meaning! Anyway, we all are amongst friends, as you say, but forum was much more interesting one year ago. Have a nice night !
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Forums were created for a reason - to help, advise, pass on hints & tips & to generally socialise.

Yes you get some stupid topics on here (I'll not name any!) but its the same for every other forum, be it cars, photography etc. Unfortunately you have to sometimes bite your tongue (or lip) & either ignore the topic, completely flame the user for their laziness/stupidity or do your best to answer the 'stupid' question.

At the end of the day, its always good to see new users joining & keeping the forum ticking along & sharing information, whether good or bad or stupid :)
 

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Perhaps a sticky post regarding FAQ about the V40 is in order then?
 

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Whilst this may have been a lively forum in the past, when I joined it a couple of months ago it was just short of deceased. However, the posts seem to be coming through now and making it an interesting half hour a day for me. I have to say that I have learnt a few tips and tricks on here and thank those that have helped me.
If you feel all the topics have been covered in the past then the forum obviously has no use for you or you for it. One of the great things about forums is that you can dip in our out when you like and only need to take note of topics that interest you - hence the title on the posts. I would not discourage punters from posting whatever they like or it will soon be RIP forum........
 

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Please, please do not be put-off from posting. It's not everyone on here that's grumpy.

We all know that information can be gleaned from many sources but actual user data is extremely valuable.

If you have a question ask away.
 

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Well I have been on for almost a year and like it but there again, I am on a number of car forums, try going on to the focus st site if you are fed up with the same thread a couple of times, over there what is the best map or cais is on just about every week any everyone just says their own is the best.

These forums are hear for all old and new and if you do not like the topic stop reading it
 

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Been here since Oct 12 myself. I have some sympathy with what Darren says. But forums are for discussion. I think the site may have lost a bit of friendliness in the last 3 months or so. And certainly there are times when debate does not seem welcome because it goes against the view point of another member. But I guess that's the anonymous nature of a form. Humour seems to be reducing too. But hey oh, I still enjoy the site.
 

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Seems Darren is a little uptight with new owners or those anxious about there new order ... bless him ;-)

Knows a lot but frustrated most of us don't really need his opinion.

I really value this forum and there are many interesting things that come up for us all.

......and not take it all too seriously :)
 

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well I think I have learned a lot from reading past posts but cars evolve all the time and to be blunt to read 467 pg manual when 80 pages are related to your car .waste of time ,when dealers cant tell you what your car is fitted with or explain the in and outs correctly and then tell you oops the software on your car is wrong and they need to down grade it .That's why you need forums like this to be able to ask and get a reply from a person that paid Good money for a car they drive everyday and not a reply from a service dept .Trust me I am a mod on another car forum and this forum is a pleasure compared to that.
 

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well I think I have learned a lot from reading past posts but cars evolve all the time and to be blunt to read 467 pg manual when 80 pages are related to your car .waste of time ,when dealers cant tell you what your car is fitted with or explain the in and outs correctly and then tell you oops the software on your car is wrong and they need to down grade it .That's why you need forums like this to be able to ask and get a reply from a person that paid Good money for a car they drive everyday and not a reply from a service dept .Trust me I am a mod on another car forum and this forum is a pleasure compared to that.
Indeed if your dealership is so bad then there is a need to look for support / info elsewhere. I think you need to take a lot of info on forums with a degree of caution though. There is a lot of assumption and speculation. 99% of forum members are not engineering experts, myself included. And speculation about a perceived fault happens all the time. I have found my local dealership very good and totally helpful. Thankfully. I would much rather take their advice than the advice of someone on a forum commenting that they are worried about their engine wearing out prematurely. This is not meant to be disrespectful to any member either. :D

People often become aggressive and personal on forums. Would they be the same face to face? I very much doubt it! Again, not being disrespectful to anyone, more an observation. :D
 

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To be honest, besides the first and only problem I've had with the fuel gauge, I LOVE my Volvo V40. Before I even had the car I'm sure I must have read the online manual cover to cover at least 10 times! I've always loved Volvos so buying one was more of a right of passage rather than a toss up for me. Only thing stopping me previously were insurance prices (I'm 20), but now I have my very own Volvo and plan to keep it for a very long time. Not sure if many others on the forum share the same enthusiasm?
 
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