Bought it (very cheap) from a friend to use for a ethanol conversion experiment. He was going to take it to the scrapyard, since he had bought a new car. I soon found out however, that not only was it a pretty good car, I "fell in love" right away. I'm going to get the little defects fixed and then use it over the winter at least. I've never liked the larger volvo´s, but this one is just right for me. Comfortable and inexpensive to drive.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 2nd December, 2005
1990 Volvo 440 GL
Good Reliable, but bit rusty
The kilometer meter stopped working almost immediately after I got the car. This normally could be a good thing, but I want to sell it now and wasn't able to fix the problem. I think this will bring down the value quite a bit or a very trusting buyer. I am guessing how many kilometers I have driven the car in 1 1/2 years.
I live in the middle of Sweden and it is damn cold here. About 3 months after I bought the car and during the 1st really cold days, the handbrake froze up and broke. It costed about 130 US to fix and the guy did a crappy job, so now I don't use the handbrake in the cold witer period.
When I went to pass the yearly car test a year after I got the car, I had to replace both headlights (the whole light, not the bulb). I bought 2 used ones and did it myself. Cost about $130 US again. I also need to replace the back suspension. about $150 b/c I found a friend who could do it real cheap.
Now the car is starting to rust pretty bad in the driver door and in a couple wheel bases, but it isn't so visible yet, so I want to sell it while it still looks good.
This car handles fine.
It has very comfortable seats and the inside feels only a few years old.
It gets good highway mileage, but I am not impressed in the city for a car of this size.
It doesn't leak anything.
It rides like a very solid car.
If you live somewhere where rust on cars aren't a big problem, then this car is probably great, otherwise, make sure to check everywhere for rust before you buy it.
I like the reliability. It starts everytime right away and I have never had a moter problem.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th May, 2005
Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 2 reviews