1988 Volvo 340 DL 1.7
No nonsense, reliable and cosy car
Very few things went wrong :
Pneumatic boot struts failed (have been replaced).
A few problems with the carburettor, which is a common problem on the 340 1.7.
New clutch after 270.000km.
At 314.000km, I had to work on the radiator, new tires, brakes and exhaust, so I decided to go for a newer Volvo (S40 1.8).
Typical underdog : bad looks, but nice acceleration and handling. Loved the car, especially for travelling long distances on the highway at 140-160km/h. I managed to drive at 7 litres/100km, and it never broke down, except for the carburettor problem that appeared twice.
Very beautiful blue plush/tweed interior.
Only minor points : petrol tank was too small (45 litres) and no power steering on the DL in Belgium.
I have fond memories of the car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th December, 2010