1994 Volvo 940 Wagon 2.4

Summary:

Thank you Volvo!

Faults:

Speed sensor failed at differential housing.

Head gasket failed at 210000.

General Comments:

This was a really nice 1994 wagon that I had just put entirely new brakes, rotors, and tires on. I had also had the head rebuilt - not really a bad job... along with all the seals, belts, hoses, etc.

My 18 year daughter was given this car to drive to college. She rear-ended another car and totaled it, totaled the GMC dually ahead of that car, and of course the Volvo. She was probably going 45. Both her airbags went off, not bad for a 16 year old car, and the front of the Volvo was crumpled from the front bumper to the front of the front tires. The rest of the car still looked perfect. Except for being really scared, she was uninjured. This car really did save her from serious injury or worse, so the loss of the car is of no consequence.

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

Review Date: 13th December, 2010

1994 Volvo 940 Base 2.3L

Summary:

Solid, reliable, cheap, no frills, point A to B workhorse

Faults:

Usually people don't post anything here unless they are unhappy with the vehicles for some reason.

There really have been very few problem with this vehicle, of which I have owned 2. Both have been reliable, sturdy and safe transportation, albeit, somewhat ugly to look at.

As someone else mentioned here, you must remember to replace the flame trap every 1-2 years or so, there are some cheap plastic parts that tend to break apart, but most of them are on the interior and don't affect the engine. (see kickboard on the drivers/passenger door, interior overhead light, speaker covers, seatbelt clips, etc). The leather seats tend to wear faster than the cloth seats.

There can be issues with the brake calipers, where the pins can get stuck, and this warps the rotors. This is pretty easy fix.

Gas mileage is eh, so-so. Not terrible though. This is a non interference engine, so you don't worry about timing chains and blown head gaskets and such.

A/C compressor is broken, and I've chosen just to leave it as is and not fix it, because I live in the northeast.

Windows and moonroof work great, have never broken or died on either car I owned, which was a first for me.

Radiator plug wore out, and needed to be replaced (a $2.50 item).

A hose popped at one point, and antifreeze came out, risking an overheat (there are no sensors to detect this), but this was simple cheap fix.

Replaced 1 dead alternator.

General Comments:

For the price of these vehicles nowadays, if you can get one for less than $1400, even as high as 170k, I would snap it up, given someone who didn't just beat it to death for years and years.

This car has saved me a lot of money, while others go out and spend a bizillion dollars on newer fancier vehicles, this one gets me back and forth in exactly the same fashion.

It is sluggish 0-60, as many older Volvos are, (don't get the turbo version of this car) but cruises very solid at 60+ mph on the highway.

Excellent car, and I will drive for as long as I can, but not in the snow! :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th December, 2010

1994 Volvo 940 Base B230

Summary:

An incredibly reliable machine!

Faults:

Absolutely nothing has gone wrong with the car in the 10,000 miles I've driven it.

After driving it for 2,000 miles, I had to change the rear rotors and pads. I consider that normal maintenance.

General Comments:

The car has over 225,000 miles, and doesn't burn or leak a drop of oil or coolant. It's slow compared to my '87 740 Turbo (which I only sold because my wife cannot drive a stick shift), but it gets very decent gas mileage. It's comfortable and hyper safe (I have a very long commute to work and I want to feel safe in case a 18 wheeler decides to push me out of the way)...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th July, 2010