Volvo 940 Review from Finland

1991 Volvo 940 2.3 turbo

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.3 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired330000 kilometres
Most recent distance348000 kilometres
Previous carMazda 323

Summary:

My ocean cruiser <3

Faults:

Quite a lot. But I don't mind because now I own a Volvo!

General Comments:

I have always loved Volvo's, and since my father started buying them too, I got hooked. When I got my driver's license, I knew I wanted a Volvo. But I got a Mazda from my grandpa. That was before I saw a great looking 940 for sale nearby. In 2 days it was mine.

Anyway, to the car. I love every little detail of it. Looks are one of the best pluses. SO unique, I get a lot of looks from other drivers.

Great seats, as always, the leather has worn quite badly from the front seats, and there are weird marks in the back, but not too bad.

A/C doesn't work, and the fan blows when it wants.

Cruise control doesn't work, will be fixing it later.

Only the co-drivers seat heaters work; will be fixing that for the next winter.

Every other electrical thing works (seats, sunroof, windows etc).

The engine is great too; I love taking off from the traffic lights.

After I bought it, I found out it leaked oil though, but now that's fixed too. Also the backbox leaked quite a lot of oil the other day, but the dealer said that's normal?

The autobox works smooth if I drive smooth, but sometimes it's quite harsh. Good anyway.

Electrical problems are annoying though. Sometimes the overdrive light comes on and every other light dims considerably. The alarm blinkers sometimes start by themselves when driving (this has only happened 4 times).

Brakes are worn out, rumbles quite a bit. But they still stop if you want to. To prove that, we were driving 90 km/h when a road suddenly ended, turned into slippery gravel (navigator guided us :D) and there was a downhill on top of everything. I was sure we would crash into the woods ahead, but suddenly we had stopped. We were like OMG, that was fast ON GRAVEL ESPECIALLY. Thanks ABS.

Also the other day the car wouldn't start at all, battery had drained out, no idea why. I took it to be serviced and they couldn't find a fault (except the alternator belt they had changed a while ago was loose, and battery leads were a bit dirty).

The car had been standing for 6 months or something, so some of the problems can be related to that, and also I think the previous owner didn't care to service it. Now I've done every thing I can do, I can just hope nothing explodes, (changed oils, filters, plugs).

It's an U.S. import BTW, and it has really bad lights because some idiot has changed them into the sort that are really hard to find from Finland. (sorry for the messed-up review, I was too tired to make it clearer)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th June, 2010

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 1 review