I'm researching S40's for my daughter. Wanting to buy a solid first car for her, not wanting to deal with problematic automatic transmissions.

If it were up to me, I'd get her a 2010 S40 T5 Manual. Sadly she wants an automatic and I'm not entirely sure I should force feed her a manual.
Some Volvo's have problematic transmissions, looking to avoid that.

Are there any model years or engine transmissions combos which are best to get (or which are the problematic to avoid.)

Thinking the 2.4i may be the right thing to do for a 17 year old girl. While I'd love to have the T5 with manual so I could play in the power band, that may not be the best thing for a new driver.

Thank you for your input and I hope you guys had a Happy and not dysfunctional Thanksgiving.