1987 Volvo 740 2.3 turbo
A very comfortable wolf in sheep's clothing
Harmonic balancer at 240000.
Distributor cap at 267000.
Brake rotors at 267000.
Turbo at 169000.
Turbo smoked badly when I first purchased this car. Had it rebuilt at a cost of $1,200. Has run perfectly ever since.
I only use fully synthetic engine oil and change the oil and filter every 5,000km.
This car performs and handles like a sports car, and has the most comfortable seats I have ever experienced in a car. I'm 62, and every time I drive, I always get some young hot shot in a Holden V8, BMW, etc. creeping forward in the inside lane at the lights, ready to zoom in front of the old geezer in the boxy old Volvo. So many humiliated red faces as I am across the intersection before they can even get their foot down.
The handling is unbelievable. Coming down a winding mountain road, a Mercedes trying to out pace me drifted sideways into the guard rail on a hairpin, whilst my car handled as if on rails (Michelin tyres).
This car is so reliable. Volvo really over engineered this model.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st December, 2012
An update at 296,000.
Oils seals, oil pressure switch, turbo connector hose, shifter.
Spent about $1,400 over the past 12 months. The car is still performing strongly. Have thought about selling it and buying a newer small car, as petrol prices are getting high. Can't bring myself to part with this loveable tank.