Volvo 145 Reviews from North America

1972 Volvo 145 S 2.0

Model year1972
Year of manufacture1972
First year of ownership1973
Most recent year of ownership1975
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired3 miles
Most recent distance42000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Impala

Summary:

Durable new car for $3,759 in 1972

Faults:

Only problem was warping of front brake discs; seemed to happen several times, replaced them just before trading it in for a Pontiac wagon.

General Comments:

Quality was very good, good mileage, nice ride and performance (4:11 rear end), but the radio on the right side of the dash was awkward to adjust.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th April, 2010

1972 Volvo 145 S B20B

Model year1972
Year of manufacture1972
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission B20B Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired105000 miles
Most recent distance398000 miles
Previous carVolvo 140

Summary:

1972 Volvo 145 is a car worth keeping.

Faults:

She threw a rod in 1991 at about 150K miles, we rebuilt another B20B engine, now she's almost to 400K. We spin-balanced the new engine, the water pump has never failed.

Ignition condenser has failed twice in the last 10 years or so. Symptoms much like water in the gas.

The old carburetor needles ran too lean at speed and burned the exhaust valves so we redid the head about 300K. We added an air-fuel meter, it helped us choose the best needles for the SU-HIF6 carburetors.

General Comments:

4 speed + OD and manual steering makes me feel in control and in touch with the road.

Very comfortable front seats and driving position. Rear bench seat OK, not great, rear seat could be improved by adding headrests.

Nicely balanced rear wheel drive design, good winter handling.

We have IPD sway bars for flatter handling and like them.

Excellent tight turning radius.

Excellent visibility all round.

Good cargo capacity.

Easy to work on, except for under-dash jobs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 28th January, 2008

1974 Volvo 145 b20f

Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission b20f Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired225000 miles
Most recent distance235000 miles
Previous carVolvo 145

Summary:

Super guppy

Faults:

Replaced transmission with a Ford t-5, mated via a v-performance.com adapter plate. Replaced fuel pump.

Ball joints, suspension bushings at 230,000 miles.

General Comments:

Excellent practical comfortable car that is easily owner maintainable. Good heater, good economy, excellent cargo capacity, great for camping (flat floor just over 6 foot long).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st June, 2004

1972 Volvo 145 Sport Wagon B-20

Year of manufacture1972
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission B-20 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired118254 miles
Most recent distance142000 miles
Previous carCadillac DeVille

Summary:

I hthink this car is great and if I could find another in better shape, I would buy it

Faults:

The master cylinder went, constant points replacement. I love it.

General Comments:

I'm in a wheel chair {previous car accident}, this car suits me well. I put a lot of miles on in a summer, and bang it around a lot, dumpster green and all the chrome.

As stated by another, the trans shifts hard and sporty, unlike his mine will chirp second! Pretty cool for an old wagon!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd March, 2004

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 4 reviews