1974 Volvo 164 3.0 liter from North America
A beautiful, classy car and a joy to drive
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).
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
25th Jul 2015, 18:41
I had a 74 back in the early-mid 80s with an automatic. I remember when the injection was working more or less properly, I'd get around 17 MPG on average, dipping down to 14 when I stuck my foot in it. It delivered around 21 on the highway.
I would have loved to have performed the mods that your car has, but at the time there wasn't much of a performance market for that model, or at least that I was aware of. I drilled a bunch of extra holes in the air cleaner lid, bumped up the timing, and replaced the muffler with a straight pipe. It was probably good for a mid 15 quarter, and would definitely give some of the factory performance cars a run for their money if I launched at 3000 RPM.
One thing is for certain; they didn't make a lot of 164s, and there aren't many around today.