Volvo 164 Reviews

1972 Volvo 164 3.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1972
Year of manufacture1972
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 3.0 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance97000 miles
Previous carPeugeot Peugeot

Faults:

Needed a major overhaul, as it had not been used in years. New battery, rear shocks, a small amount of welding, paintwork.

General Comments:

Bought this car on a whim, not knowing much about Volvos - well I do now, and have great respect for them. It is handsome, quiet, surprisingly fast, and has the most comfortable seats in any car I've driven. For a large car, it has a small turning radius, and the vision is excellent.

Access for repairs is excellent. There are no squeaks or rattles whatsoever, and the build quality is top drawer.

On the road it is very easy to drive, as it has power steering. Despite being automatic, it is quite sharp, and will happily cruise all day at 80mph. Downsides are the high fuel consumption; averages 20 MPG, but that's to be expected with a 3.0L 6 cylinder block. Strong understeer; again, typical of cars of this sort.

The BW35 gearbox a bit jerky - though it is simple and kicks down nicely.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st July, 2012

1972 Volvo 164 3.0 litre from UK and Ireland

Model year1972
Year of manufacture1972
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 3.0 litre Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Most recent distance95000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 2000

Summary:

Quality 6 cylinder motor

Faults:

Nothing, other than age related wear.

General Comments:

A impressive car, even in Auto form. Powerful, fast, reliable, comfortable, and for its age, quiet.

The manual, fuel injected model really flies, and will shock many a modern car.

Best points are the turbine smooth straight six, powerful heating/ventilation system, excellent 4 wheel disc brakes, ultra comfortable leather seats, good cabin ergonomics, easy maintenance.

Poor points are the BW35 gearbox - already out of date by that time, and no intermittent wiper speed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th February, 2012

1975 Volvo 164 E B30E from North America

Model year1975
Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission B30E Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance200000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Fox

Summary:

The Volvo 164 shows you've arrived!

Faults:

Around 180K.

New water pump and clutch fan.

Vacuum hoses replaced.

New radiator.

New fuel filter.

New alternator.

Engine burns lots of oil, and I'm putting in a newer B30E with 55K. So it will be like new again!

General Comments:

Very luxurious vehicle. Body is straight with almost no rust after 35 years. Interior is excellent and very comfortable. Has 6 speaker system now (4 AFS Kriket speakers in the door and 2 S40 Volvo speakers in rear deck.)

I also added a dash speaker, which is hooked up to a GPS.

Car handles perfect, very smooth on the interstate. Have been commuting daily with it, averaging about 60 miles a day. Had it almost a year now, and love it!!

(It's currently getting its new B30E engine!) :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st December, 2010

8th Dec 2010, 11:25

Thanks for your comment! I was just checking today out of curiosity to see if anyone would comment it. Very awesome you had one of the first! :D. I wish I could have but I'm only 19.

I've had the same problem during the summer during rush hour when traffic comes to a stand still on Dodge Street. (If someone lives in Omaha you will know what that means), LOL.

As far as I know I'm the only one in Omaha with a 164. I have yet to even see one in Nebraska/Iowa.

I love my 164! I've had to dump quite a bit of money into it and will continue to. It's well worth it. Its extremely comfortable and safe.

Also I agree! I hate the newer cars they all look the same! Too bad volvo changed their designs. :(

What ever happened to your 164?

1974 Volvo 164 3.0 liter from North America

Model year1974
Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.0 liter Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired6900 miles
Most recent distance7900 miles
Previous carStudebaker Lark 8

Summary:

A beautiful, classy car and a joy to drive

Faults:

Car hadn't been driven much, so had to change all fluids, replace water pump & injector hoses and sort out fuel injection a bit -- manifold pressure sensor, temp sensor (lots of fun to pull into a garage and ask if anyone knows how to work on Bosch D-Jet)

Replaced old shocks with Bilstein HDs (hee hee).

General Comments:

A beautiful car and a joy to drive. Previous owner was a serious Volvo aficionado who added IPD sway bars and lowering springs, and replaced the ugly safety bumpers and grill with better-looking 1972s.

Lots of torque at relatively low rpm mated with 4-spd manual plus overdrive -- keeps pulling great at highway speeds, too.

Best seats Volvo ever made.

Suspension mods made it drive like it was on rails (though a bit harsh on DC roads).

Classy, classy lines -- several people insisted it had to be a Jag or a Benz. Never saw another one in three years of driving.

Panicked and sold when gas crested $4 gallon (got about 15 mpg around town/21 highway). Would snap up another one if I could - - only with 4 spd/overdrive combo though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th August, 2009

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 11 reviews