1991 Volvo 960 3.0 inline six


High end representative estate wagon


Electronic motor management refused service and switched off enginge due to failure in "Lambda-Sond" - replaced for 30 €

Crushed two alloy wheels after an unlucky slide on icy roads - replaced two years later.

Air condition was out of order - refill with isocon 49 and no problems ever after.

Door locks sometimes not clear for use, especially in winter (wet and cold in Germany)

General Comments:

I had the car restored almost all over with new bumpers and painting in 2001 - beautiful job of our local Volvo dealer.

The acceleration at kick down is enormous - regarding the heavy body.

The 960 is a very silent and comfy car, with acres of room inside and a decent exterior. Compared to the 940 it is the better, thus more expensive choice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th February, 2003

14th Aug 2006, 14:41

1991 limousine was a bit expensive to keep. Radiator, one exhaust valve, back springs and shocks, never ending trouble to keep the exhaust pipe in place, sunroof working disorders, fuel meter and clock working only sometimes - and it was just about 100 K driven. Too much trouble in an executive class vehicle. You need a company with solid income to survive with it.

31st Mar 2011, 19:09

The first issues you had are normal wearing parts? And maybe you should have let a proper mechanic install the exhaust so it would stay in place.

The clock and fuel meter problems are quite common and easy to fix, although I haven't had any problems with them, and doubt many 960s have.

The sunroof part I must say is true. Although old sunroofs rarely work that well. Mine leaks water in the car wash, and also doesn't close properly; I have to manually press one latch. That would be an easy fix, but it doesn't bother me that much.