Volvo 960 Review from Belgium

1992 Volvo 960 Estate 2.9 V6

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.9 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired188000 kilometres
Most recent distance210000 kilometres
Previous carFiat Punto

Summary:

A very solid investment

Faults:

Absolutely nothing.

The previous owner never had problems with the car, he just wanted the new model.

General Comments:

I bought this full-option car for about 6250 Euro after an intensive information-search on the Internet. Although it has a rather high mileage, the engine and the bodywork are as new. According to other 960-owners, it can easily run up to 700.000 km.

It has all the advantages of a big family car, but it runs and handles as a small sports car. Very well built, and very well designed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th January, 2002

8th Feb 2006, 04:49

I use this comment section to add additional info on my 1992 965.

The car has done 327.500km now, and is still cruising as smooth as new. I had the car converted to run on LPG at 210.000km, so it's as cheap to run as an average new diesel.

There were a few minor problems: a faulty valve-train sensor and a computer that controls the ignition. The rear suspension is sagging a bit because of the weight of the LPG-installation.

But besides that, the engine goes on. This old brick reached a speed of 195km/h at the German autobahn last year.

5th May 2006, 06:11

In addition to the previous comment:

At 332.800km the engine is dead. The engine started to lose coolant. First, it was diagnosed as a leaking head-gasket, but when it was to be repaired, it turned out that the engine itself was leaking. It seems that the coolant made the engine block corrode, and eventually it made holes. It all happened very quick. Some early 1992 960's had this problem, but mine is a late 960 and I thought this should have occurred already since the car is 14 years old.

I'm going to miss it.

Average review marks: 9.0 / 10, based on 1 review