Volvo 480 Review from Austria

1989 Volvo 480 1.7/ 70kw

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.7/ 70kw Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 kilometres
Most recent distance130000 kilometres
Previous carAudi 80


Good concept - bad quality


Fifth gear started to make noises at 90.000 km (but works till now)

Water pump broken at 90.000km.

Cathalysator broken at 100.000km.

Permanent ignition problems.

General Comments:

Very nice car for individualists.

Unique design and good mixture between sportivity and comfort.

A lot of extras and gadgets for this age.

Very good body - no rust.

Engine and gear have very bad quality (the same types than in Renault 19) and are not reliable at all.

The performance of the engine is not bad, but in this regard I would definitely suggest to buy the Turbo if available.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th April, 2006

20th Jan 2011, 11:28

Well, I have also a 480 Turbo (for more than 3 years now) and I must disagree... What the hell are you talkin' about?!

"Engine and gear have very bad quality (the same types than in Renault 19) and are not reliable at all."

The engine is not reliable? At all?! Hey dude, maybe YOUR engine! The truth is that especially the engine itself is the most robust part of the car! This engine was used not only in R19 but also in other Renault types (R5 turbo, R21 Nevada)...

Volvo 480 is one of the best cars from that era. (Not to mention its look.)

Think it over and stop misinformation!

- Robert from Hungary -

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review