1993 Volvo 940 Reviews from North America

1993 Volvo 940 Turbo Wagon 2.3

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.3 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired196000 miles
Most recent distance206500 miles
Previous carNissan Sentra

Summary:

Safe, comfortable, reliable

Faults:

About a month after I bought the car the car wouldn't start, had to have it towed, was a fuel pump $650. The fuel gauge works on occasion, but I go by miles; sometimes if I tap the glass covering the speedometer, it works.

General Comments:

I bought this car from the original owner here in San Francisco. Car came with all service records, very well maintained. Every oil change cost them $160 each time! I commute a lot, from San Francisco to Morgan Hill every day, 750 miles every week. It's been great, no problems with all the driving, not to mention all the stop and go in the city. Have put 10k in 3 months, freezing A/C and great heat. When I moved, I fit a huge amount of stuff in this car. Sturdy. The engine does go through oil, a quart every couple weeks or so, which is to be expected.

What I'm not crazy about is lousy fuel economy. I knew it wasn't great when I bought it, but now that I commute, it's very expensive, especially having to use premium. Also it's so sluggish, if I hit the gas hard it moves fast, but I don't like to do that often.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th December, 2010

1993 Volvo 940 GL 2.2L non-turbo

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.2L non-turbo Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance220000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Faults:

Car needed new steering assembly at 160K.

Replaced dashboard instrument cluster due to failed gas gage.

Re-soldered connection in climate control to get A/C working.

Heated seats don't work.

General Comments:

A seriously comfortable car for long journeys.

Never once left us by the side of the road, broke down in traffic or refused to start.

Wonderful car in winter weather, stable, great handling, excellent heater.

HUGE amount of cargo space.

Not a rocket, but plenty of power when needed for passing or lane changes. It's a station wagon, after all, and needs to be driven like one.

Heavy and solid and always felt safe. That feeling was proven true when the car died for us. We walked away from a 40+MPH collision with a driver who suddenly attempted to turn left in front of us at an intersection. The cop investigating the accident was rather impressed.

Amazingly decent sound system.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th March, 2009

1993 Volvo 940 Wagon turbo

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission turbo Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.8 / 10
Distance when acquired169000 miles

Summary:

A high maintenance, low fuel economy, unreliable vehicle

Faults:

The fuel pumps have had to be replaced... twice.

ECU had to be replaced along with the brakes, rotors, and body work had to be done due to a previous accident.

The car "stutter-steps" when you try to accelerate, and the driver has to alter the way the gas pedal is depressed in order for the car to move beyond 25 mph.

General Comments:

The car is safe, comfortable, and family oriented. However, with all of the problems I have had, I am strongly considering purchasing a new vehicle.

I also own a 1984 Volvo 240, which I love and is completely 100% reliable. Funny considering this car is almost 10 years older than the 940.

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

Review Date: 6th January, 2009

1993 Volvo 940

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired122000 miles
Most recent distance159000 miles
Previous carDodge Neon

Summary:

Very Reliable

Faults:

I have had to replace an ignition module. Brake pads and rotors. The rotors probably needed to be replaced because I waited too long to change the pads. Besides that just regular tune ups and oil changes. The interior hasn't held up too well, but that seems to be a common complaint.

General Comments:

I drove the hell out of this car. I have put about 40,000 miles on it in the year I have had it. Other than the rotors I have spent very little on the car to keep it up. Just the normal tune ups and oil changes and this car runs great. It's no sports car, but it can get on the freeway with no problem. It feels very safe and starts every time. I wouldn't hesitate to drive it across country right now.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st March, 2007

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 8 reviews