Volvo’s S40 line of sedans was arguably a turning point for this brand. With the release of the first generation S40 back in 1995, Volvo has declared that it won’t be giving up the compact sedan segment just yet. On the contrary, S40 has proven to be a formidable competitor to anything other car brands had to offer. Its smooth ride quality and a reliable spectrum of engines, the S40 quickly became a recognizable brand of its own.
Nicholle Valenzuela knows a thing or two about this car. Her second-gen, late model S40 was the most voted car in our eEuroparts Bonanza contest! Nicholle was kind enough to answer a few of our questions and tell us a bit about her S40, what plans she has for it in the future and more!
Tell us a bit more about your car: how old is it, and have you made any modifications?
The car is 13 years old, and we purchased it only a few months ago. There are things we plan on doing with it, but as of right now we are fixing it up and making sure we have a solid base to do those modifications with.
What is your profession?
Currently, I work part-time as a cashier going to college. But in a few years, I plan on being a professor in Astronomy or a pilot in the Military.
How did your love affair with cars begin and what was your first car?
Technically when I was two years old, my first ‘vehicle’ was a Jeep power wheels. I loved that little truck, sat in it for two days and apparently I even took a nap in it. I believe that’s when I first fell in love, and where my dream vehicle of owning a Jeep came from. Then came the Volkswagen bug I saw at Costco 3 years ago, that had a beautiful red-purple iridescence to it, and I found the color I wanted for my car. As for my first car, this Volvo, a 2007 S40, is my first car and I love it more than I thought I would. It’s an amazing car to drive.
Where did you two meet?
On the side of a road, for a month, my car sat lonely with no driver and a for sale sign. That’s when I finally decided to see about getting her, and when we first drove her, took her off her lonely lot, I knew that she was the one and we were going home with her. She had a few dings and was a bit of a fixer, but with every part we fix, the more life she gets back.
What do you like the most about your car?
Do the heated seats count? Cold winter months in the Midwest are harsh sometimes! But in all honesty, I love all of it, the smooth ride where you hardly realize you’re speeding, whoops, and the body of the car.
What’s the best time you’ve had with it?
Drifting through the snow, learning how to properly drive and control in snow-covered roads. Much better than a sleigh, if I’m being honest.
Where is the perfect drive that best matches your car?
I imagine it in Washington, driving the Misty mountain roads with greenery everywhere and the rivers below. 8. What would you say to your car’s original designer? I love the overall design, granted I wish that my long hair wouldn’t get caught as the seatbelt gets pulled back, but otherwise, I love the design of the car.
If you could pick just one perfect passenger, who would it be?
If not my mother, then Ryan Reynolds. He’s an amazing actor and person. And he’s got a great personality too. Maybe that dream will come true one day, who knows.
What does the future hold – will you replace it with something else?
Eventually, one day I will end up getting a new car, maybe after I finish chauffeuring my mother around in 50 years. By then, I should be able to afford that dream car, if they are still around. Flying cars, anyone? Technology is moving quickly, after all.
We hope that Nicholle will enjoy the upgrades she has won in our Bonanza contest for years to come. Nicholle’s S40 is becoming a rarity these days but we’re glad that hers has found a good home. Every car whose story we cover through this contest is unique.
Each has brought its owner plenty of good memories and will most likely bring them many more. With that said, we’ll see you next time when we feature another awesome car and do an interview with another passionate owner.