Volvo DL Review from UK and Ireland

1985 Volvo DL 1.4

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Mini

Summary:

Great little car, shame about the image

Faults:

Problems with the ECU - previous owner had replaced battery, alternator and distributor to try and correct starting problems. I replaced the ECU with a secondhand unit (£15) and this cured the starting problem.

No other faults.

General Comments:

I found the car very reliable and whilst a bit of an eyesore, I found it perfectly acceptable. The car was in very good condition and was showing no signs of rust or rot.

Avoid main agents for spares where possible scrap yards and independent specialists can help keep running costs low.

If you can live with the looks and lack of cudos then the car won't let you down. I'd buy another one. The 360 especially after 1985 is a good buy with reasonable performance and refinement.

The 1.4 is the old DAF engine, the 1.7 is a Renault engine and the 2.0 is a genuine Volvo lump. The 2.0 if serviced will run for 200,000. The 1.7 has been know to have problems with water pumps. The 1.4 is a bit noisy, but generally reliable with no known major faults.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th January, 2001

22nd Apr 2001, 14:04

The 1.4 is a Renault unit too! Daf always sourced their water cooled engines from them.

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 1 review