Volvo 145 Reviews

1971 Volvo 145 Deluxe B20A from Norway

Model year1972
Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission B20A Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired169250 kilometres
Most recent distance184561 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 242

Summary:

Cheap and simple ride, endless space and style

Faults:

Rust around windshield leads to leak.

Rear brake calipers need overhaul.

Windshield wiper motor was short-circuited when it fell apart, could easily be fixed. But lots of work hours, hidden behind dashboard.

Valve troubles, probably need replacement. Car drives anyway.

General Comments:

Unusually much space - little technology to hide, so you can actually stretch your legs everywhere, or carry 1 passenger + dining table with eight chairs inside the car.

It is very comfortable!

Style - everybody loves the car, and forgets that its performance is still that of a basic 60s car.

Very, very easy to maintain, any farmer anywhere can help you when in trouble.

Cheapest car I have ever owned! But the to-do-list is growing, so I need to upgrade to something else.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th September, 2010

1972 Volvo 145 S 2.0 from North America

Model year1972
Year of manufacture1972
First year of ownership1973
Most recent year of ownership1975
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired3 miles
Most recent distance42000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Impala

Summary:

Durable new car for $3,759 in 1972

Faults:

Only problem was warping of front brake discs; seemed to happen several times, replaced them just before trading it in for a Pontiac wagon.

General Comments:

Quality was very good, good mileage, nice ride and performance (4:11 rear end), but the radio on the right side of the dash was awkward to adjust.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th April, 2010

1972 Volvo 145 S B20B from North America

Model year1972
Year of manufacture1972
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission B20B Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired105000 miles
Most recent distance398000 miles
Previous carVolvo 140

Summary:

1972 Volvo 145 is a car worth keeping.

Faults:

She threw a rod in 1991 at about 150K miles, we rebuilt another B20B engine, now she's almost to 400K. We spin-balanced the new engine, the water pump has never failed.

Ignition condenser has failed twice in the last 10 years or so. Symptoms much like water in the gas.

The old carburetor needles ran too lean at speed and burned the exhaust valves so we redid the head about 300K. We added an air-fuel meter, it helped us choose the best needles for the SU-HIF6 carburetors.

General Comments:

4 speed + OD and manual steering makes me feel in control and in touch with the road.

Very comfortable front seats and driving position. Rear bench seat OK, not great, rear seat could be improved by adding headrests.

Nicely balanced rear wheel drive design, good winter handling.

We have IPD sway bars for flatter handling and like them.

Excellent tight turning radius.

Excellent visibility all round.

Good cargo capacity.

Easy to work on, except for under-dash jobs.

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

Review Date: 28th January, 2008

1974 Volvo 145 b20f from North America

Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission b20f Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired225000 miles
Most recent distance235000 miles
Previous carVolvo 145

Summary:

Super guppy

Faults:

Replaced transmission with a Ford t-5, mated via a v-performance.com adapter plate. Replaced fuel pump.

Ball joints, suspension bushings at 230,000 miles.

General Comments:

Excellent practical comfortable car that is easily owner maintainable. Good heater, good economy, excellent cargo capacity, great for camping (flat floor just over 6 foot long).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st June, 2004

1974 Volvo 145 2.0 Fuel Injection Gasoline from Costa Rica

Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership1974
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Fuel Injection Gasoline Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance250325 kilometres
Previous carPorsche 356

Summary:

Volvo.For Life

Faults:

After 30 years and 250,325 km no mayor problem ever!!!

General Comments:

This most be one of the worlds best cars, I bought it when I got married and that was three decades ago. During all these years, and after beign the learning car for my wife and three sons, the car has asked for nothing, but really basic maintenance.

The most expensive job I had on this car was changing the fuel pump about three years ago.

The best part is that with its I-4 2.0 B20F Engine this car can easily run at 170 km/hr, not forcing the machine at all. Not bad for a grand-pa.

Good car-good Volvo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th May, 2004

1972 Volvo 145 Sport Wagon B-20 from North America

Year of manufacture1972
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission B-20 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired118254 miles
Most recent distance142000 miles
Previous carCadillac DeVille

Summary:

I hthink this car is great and if I could find another in better shape, I would buy it

Faults:

The master cylinder went, constant points replacement. I love it.

General Comments:

I'm in a wheel chair {previous car accident}, this car suits me well. I put a lot of miles on in a summer, and bang it around a lot, dumpster green and all the chrome.

As stated by another, the trans shifts hard and sporty, unlike his mine will chirp second! Pretty cool for an old wagon!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd March, 2004

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 6 reviews