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.

1975 Volvo 164 E 3.0 Gasoline from North America


A Volvo Classic


The air conditioning has run out after 30 years.

The car burns a little oil.

General Comments:

An ultra luxurious car. It feels like a Mercedes, and goes like a BMW.

An excellent highway cruiser, 3200lbs hold you to the road.

175 horsepower pushes you through the corners, and 178ft/lbs of torque pulls you up any hill without a downshift.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th September, 2004

6th Aug 2007, 15:18

This straight-six is one of the two best engines ever, (the other... Ford 289).

A great overall car. I owned one of these till it went over 300,000 miles.

I had a 1964 122-S which ran forever too.

1972 Volvo 164 E 3.0 Liter petrol six cylinder from Australia and New Zealand


Extremely reliable old runner


Front suspension is worn. Body has rust and faded paint. air-con not working.

General Comments:

Good car. Bought for $175au. engine is one of the best ever made - smooth, lots of power and torque, and extremely reliable. Good old cast iron engineering. First of the mechanical fuel injection models. Uses a lot of fuel, but needs tune up. 3 speed BW35 auto gear box makes the car very sluggish to move, but the car flies once its built up some speed. Car is very solid, and i assume safe. Has a lot of body roll, and wind noise above 60km/h. Car is sort of luxurious, but does not feel like it. Probable one of the most reliable cars ever built (just like every other old Volvo).

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

Review Date: 23rd August, 2004

1971 Volvo 164 3.0 six cylinder gasoline from North America


A rewarding-to-own luxury sleeper


Overdrive unit required a rebuild due to crispy (old) seals, because the car was sitting for a long time.

Brake hydraulic system required an overhaul due to crispy (old) seals, because car was sitting for a long time.

General Comments:

What a marvelous Swedish barge! It's fast, it's quick, it's smooth... it's the Special Agent 007 of the motorway. Regal in appearance, stout in construction, and the 4-speed transmission with electric overdrive is a high pleasure to shift. Heater is equal to Swedish winters; unfortunately air conditioning is kinda equal to Swedish summers... there are ways of making it work better.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th October, 2001

5th May 2003, 13:15

I had a 164. I bought it new in late 1969. I kept it 25 years. I was thinking about restoring it, but...nope, I bought a 300d. The difference was incredible...

164 was a fun car. More like a truck, horrible gas mileage. SU carbs were prone to percolate in higher temps. I had no overdrive. 70mph was pretty noisy. York ac compressor was lousy...

Car had good seats...