Volvo 264 Review from North America

1980 Volvo 264 GL V6 PRV

Model year1980
Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership1980
Most recent year of ownership1981
Engine and transmission V6 PRV Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired15 miles
Most recent distance66000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz 220

Summary:

Bigger fuel tank, better electrics and A/C would have made it close to perfect.

Faults:

Bad air conditioning. Dealer was never able to get it to work. Dealer hated to see me drive in with it.

Six alternators in sixty six thousand miles. Required the removal of right front wheel, well liner..

New Asian Warner auto transmission at 13,000 miles and the second unit was slipping when I traded it in.

Thirsty engine, small gas tank equates a stop at the gas station every other day.

ZF power steering caused the front wheels to pull to the left. Mechanics couldn't fix it.

General Comments:

Excellent power and performance. Impressive highway passing power. A wolf in sheep's clothing.

Excellent suspension (UK manufactured).

Luxurious ride.

Michelin X radial wore evenly, were still good at 66,000 miles and were never rotated.

A solid Swedish vault.

Excellent fit and finish inside and comfort to match.

Lockheed brakes matched engine in performance.

Swiss paint appeared clear and deep. Very nice.

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

Review Date: 25th July, 2007

Average review marks: 5.6 / 10, based on 1 review