Volvo 164 Review from Sweden

1973 Volvo 164 B30 A (dual carbs)

Model year1973
Year of manufacture1973
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission B30 A (dual carbs) Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired290000 kilometres
Most recent distance298000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 142


Not a real luxury car, but a cool cruiser


The leather on the seats have bad quality and is ripped in the seams.

The camshaft broke (probably due to improper mounting, not Volvo's fault, the cam was changed in the 80s).

The rotors in the back were also bad and had to be changed.

The windshield washer motor also stopped working and had to be changed.

General Comments:

The seats are very comfortable.

But it rattles and makes noises, and it is a little bit bouncy on roads that are in bad condition.

I love the whole drive train. Engine, gearbox and rear axle. Powerful and comfortable. Maybe the clutch is a little bit heavy.

Volvo tried to compete with Mercedes /8-series with this one. Even if the Mercedes 250-280 was more expensive, it was more comfortable and had better quality than the Volvo.

It is a very cool car that looks good, but it wasn't worth its price when it was new. These days, it may be sometimes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th September, 2006

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 1 review