1973 Volvo 164 B30 A (dual carbs) from Sweden


Not a real luxury car, but a cool cruiser


The leather on the seats have bad quality and is ripped in the seams.

The camshaft broke (probably due to improper mounting, not Volvo's fault, the cam was changed in the 80s).

The rotors in the back were also bad and had to be changed.

The windshield washer motor also stopped working and had to be changed.

General Comments:

The seats are very comfortable.

But it rattles and makes noises, and it is a little bit bouncy on roads that are in bad condition.

I love the whole drive train. Engine, gearbox and rear axle. Powerful and comfortable. Maybe the clutch is a little bit heavy.

Volvo tried to compete with Mercedes /8-series with this one. Even if the Mercedes 250-280 was more expensive, it was more comfortable and had better quality than the Volvo.

It is a very cool car that looks good, but it wasn't worth its price when it was new. These days, it may be sometimes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th September, 2006

1975 Volvo 164 e 3.0 from North America


Look luxurious and is very comfortable, but what's the next item to break?


Air conditioning compression froze shut - had to bypass the pulley system with another belt.

All electrical wires are fragile, and insulation comes off easily after 31.

Have just finished spending hours cleaning all light bulb contacts, and replacing all light bulbs.

Rebuilt transmission.

Front suspension is a overworked due to the additional weight of the 6 cylinder engine.

Overall a bit sluggish, but once it gets going, is is very comfortable.

Have rebuilt all seats, to be expected after 31 years.

Great visibility.

People like the styling of the front end, too bad the real end looks as ordinary as a Swiss Brick.

Door handles are weak, had to rebuilt each door, with new handles and regrease everything to work smooth.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th August, 2006

14th Aug 2006, 22:53

What do you expect for a 31 year old car!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Obviously practically EVERYTHING will need to be rebuilt/replaced at that mileage/age.

Owning and driving a car this old will require a lot of time and patience...that's why it's good to have another car to use as a daily driver.

Good luck!

11th Aug 2009, 14:40

Hmmmmmm. "Swiss Brick"... Swiss is Switzerland not Sweden!

7th Mar 2012, 22:33

I agree, how many cars of 30 years or more are still on the road?

Comparing how many Volvo's have been sold to how many are still on the road, I'd say they lead the pack.

I know plenty of Fords and GM's of around 10 years that are junk and ready for the scrap yard.

Why am I so loyal? Ask any Volvo enthusiast about what makes them (Volvo's) a pleasure to own. It's because they well designed, reliable, beautifully built and a pleasure to work on.

Yes they can have issues, but with such a large following throughout the world, there's always a solution and help available. Do an internet search and you'll see what I mean.

Volvo 164E (71) & XC70 (07).

1977 Volvo 164 Deluxe inline six, fuel injection. from Australia and New Zealand


The indestructible sedan. Nothing like it exists


Transmission wore out at 230,000km. Overhauled and serviced, it lasted the life of the car.

Airconditioner ran out of gas.

Rear discs wore thin. Replaced at 240,000km.

Windscreen wipers motor burned out after switch got jammed. Easy to fix.

Engine eventually became rather smoky at 460,000km.

I stopped driving her and bought a new Volvo S40.

General Comments:

The Volvo was very powerful on the open road. It would overtake road-trains in complete safety.

This car really inspires confidence in whoever drives it. I owe my life to the powerful brakes fitted to Volvos.

The body is immensely strong. It has never, in 24 years of driving, groaned or rattled or shown any sign of fatigue. Do they even need to be that solid?

Unfortunately, the car has always felt 'dead' to drive around town. the accelerator is stiff and the ride is hard for a luxury car.

It was absolutely reliable and just kept rolling along. I love it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd July, 2006

9th Apr 2008, 18:10

The 164 was built 69-75. You got the year wrong or it's a 264?

164 is a nice car wish I had one.