2023 model XC40 MHEV Core more teething troubles

Faults and Technical chat for the Volvo XC40
ChrisLF
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Post by ChrisLF »

I totally agree with these two posts!

Given the number of times my collision avoidance has activated for no good reason, even when turned off, I have no confidence in it or similar systems, imagine if the car was actually being controlled by it!

Some of the tech. introduced over the years has real benefits for safety and ease of use; ABS, airbags, power steering, efficient automatics, hillhold (on autos only) parking sensors and cameras, sat nav, virtual dash (I still like my analogue one in the TT though), rear traffic alert, sign recognition (when working and for info. only thank you) and adaptive cruise control - I have only had the standard cc in a number of cars and rarely use it. The rest of the tech. especially when invasive and paving the way for self-driving you can keep!
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Post by Felindre »

Case in point, driving into town this evening, auto headlights refusing to dip. Realised it was because I was heading toward a bright full moon so it couldn't detect the headlights taillights ahead of me. Shows it's quite a dumb tool, but sold as 'really intelligent'.
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Post by KeithR56 »

Figures recently published by Warrantywise show Volvo as one of the 10 most unreliable cars in the UK. Reading some of the threads on this, and other forums, it’s easy to see why.

Since Geely acquired Volvo in 2010, the marque has gone from being in the top 10 most reliable, to one of the least reliable.
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Post by eugen61 »

KeithR56 wrote: Thu Dec 08, 2022 11:52 am Figures recently published by Warrantywise show Volvo as one of the 10 most unreliable cars in the UK.
Could you share the Warrantywise figures showing Volvo as one of the 10 most unreliable cars in the UK? The latest Warrantywise report I found does not list Volvo: https://www.warrantywise.co.uk/blog/top ... and-models

It’s worth mentioning that Warrantywise scoring is based on average repair cost, so no wonder Ferrari, McLaren, Rolls Royce, Bentley and Lamborghini are top worst, obviously a premium brand will charge more for the same repairs than a value brand would. Funny enough, based on this logic, Dacia is listed as top 5 most reliable.

AutoExpress wrote in 2020: “The XC40 comes in a highly creditable 14th place overall in Driver Power 2020 but it has some outstanding scores in certain areas - including safety, infotainment and, yes, reliability. A brilliant 98% reliability score is enough to put it in top spot making it our most reliable car to buy in 2020 but it also topped the build quality rankings with 95.7%. As usual for cars that score well for reliability, most of the faults that were reported by the 15.9% of owners who had one were electrical.”

But in 2022 XC40 dropped to 14th from 98% to 93% reliability: https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/driver-po ... s-buy-2020
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Post by KeithR56 »

Could you share the Warrantywise figures

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Post by eugen61 »

Could you please share the link?
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Post by ciuncky »

Lol these things are a joke. Last i read the XC90 was around top in one of these lists, and the most common fault was locks breaking on a 15+ year car.
I mean if my XC40 runs smoothly after 15 years, i'll happily change the damn lock mechanism / keyless system etc.
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Post by Krystof »

KeithR56 wrote: Thu Dec 08, 2022 11:52 am ... Volvo as one of the 10 most unreliable cars in the UK. Reading some of the threads on this, and other forums, it’s easy to see why.
Forums like this are really not representative of anything much. It's mostly people who are car enthusiasts, and sometimes there are owners who experience a problem and post on a forum because it's potentially a good resource for information and help. If you scroll through a forum for Lexus/Toyota, for example, you'd very quickly get the impression that those cars suffer from constant faults and breakdowns.

As far as reliability surveys are concerned, there’s a danger of comparing apples with oranges. Manufacturers that focus on the higher end of the market will tend to be at the bottom end of the reliability rankings, because the cars are more complex. If you buy an XC90, GLE, Q7 etc. with all the bells and whistles (air suspension, supercharger…), then obviously it will be more prone to failure. If you go for a base-spec Dacia, it'll be relatively unlikely to let you down - and Dacia will be near the top of the rankings.

Almost all the brands in the bottom 10 of that Warrantywise ranking are competing in essentially the same part of the market – the exceptions are Porsche, Vauxhall and (in my opinion) Alfa. So if we even accept that the ranking is useful in some way, then it basically shows one thing: Volvo is more reliable than any of its main competitor brands except Lexus.
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Post by KeithR56 »

Hey, these are not my figures, so no need to shoot the messenger.

I’ve been using motoring forums for at least 20 years, including various Volvo forums. I can honestly say that I have never experienced as many people reporting problems with their cars on forums as they do with the XC40, but I haven’t been on every forum for every make of car so I can’t vouch for them all.

From the feedback on my earlier posts it would seem that my perception of the threads on this forum, and reports published in the national press are erroneous. I therefore bow to your better knowledge and will say no more on the subject.
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Post by JFDIT »

Mine has had no issues that have required dealer attention. Other than a puncture!
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