I owned a 1975 164E. 1st car ever. Too bad I was too much of a driving rookie to appreciate it. Once I moved on to lesser more modern cars, I really started to appreciate the Swede. Had a recurring problem dirty points in the distributor. Beautiful and powerful, smooth ride.
At various times, I owned four 164's.
(1969 currently,1970,1971 and 1974). I really like all of them except the '74. It was too heavy to get out of its own way. I think the carburettor versions '69 through '71 are the best Volvos ever built. I'll never part with the one I have, unless a drunken lady driver demolishes it while it's parked, like the two women did on separate occasions to my '70 and '71.
Can anyone tell me how big the drivers seat is? I'm 6'1 and 200 pounds, will I fit? I just fit okay in my 740, but will I feel like a sardine in a 164?
I have a 1975 164E, with the engine out of a 1972 164E. The BW35 transmission can be a bit sluggish at slow speeds, but loves the highway. Power much better now with the 175hp power plant. A luxury to drive, modern technology can't replicate it. A luxury to look at, much more desirable than the 240. A luxury all the way around, leather seats, air conditioning, power windows and great speakers. Eat your heart out Mercedes.
Yes, you will definitely fit into a 1975 164e. I also drive a 1987 Turbo wagon during the winter, but I'm getting a complete restoration done on my 1975 164e, primarily because I'm 6'6' 250 lb.s, with a 36+ inseam, and there's still enough headroom for me to wear a Walton Walker felt hat (the kind Jack Ruby wore standing next to Oswald) and still have headroom to spare. Four wheel discs, four speed w/ OD, and if you oh so slightly shave the head, you'll replicate the eurospecs for this car.
I bought a 1971 164, and it was a great car. Drove it everywhere in Iowa summers and winters. Had to get rid of it at about 150,000 miles, when the rust caught up with it. I have often dreamed of having another one to use in my retirement years.
The seats were the best that I have ever had in a car. Wonderful leather and the capacity of the trunk and passenger room was second to none.
Bought my first 1974 164 e 2 years ago. Love the car to death. Had to replace the transmission because of sitting for 8 years down in Florida. Was once owned by a friend of Arnold Palmer. It is my first car (I'm 18) and I hope to have the car till the day I die. Never thought that I would ever own a Volvo, but dreams can come true. The body is in great shape, just needs some new paint.
Interior looks good.
The seats are starting to look kinda poor, but what do you expect for a 32 year old car?
Best car ever built!!! Now I'm just hoping Volvo will do a remake of the great old classic 164 e.
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I had a 1971 164, burgundy red. I loved that car. Best ride ever. An idiot, speeding teenager crashed into it while it was parked, but the damage was not too bad. He had to tow his crumpled car after hitting that tank. I had to sell it because I was moving to the US, but now I'm looking for another one. Has to be 1971, though. Loved those classic door handles that Volvo got rid of in 1972. Decent gas mileage for a 6 cylinder. Had to pull that choke every morning when starting it. :-) Now I'm making ends meet with a 1993 Volvo 940. Big fan of those fine machines.
I own a 1972 164e. I've had it for a year now and I love it. I'm planning on a paint job this year, I'll be going back to the original color of gold. The car drives great partly because I have an old 240 transmission in it. There will be no worries about it going out. I think the 164 is the fastest vintage Volvo ever made.
I own a 1972 Volvo 164...love it! Although it's sluggish trying to get past 50 MPH. Yes, it does have a lot of torque and horsepower... it almost satisfies my little "need for speed" :-) Otherwise, I love the car because of it's class, compared to other cars today. I would like to replace the engine with something better, faster, and with better gas mileage. Anyone got ideas? Well, I'm me at allhailcaesar16!
I have recently been trying to sell a 1971 164 Volvo. It is my Step Father's Dad's car. It has 102K. If anyone knows any neat facts about this make and model it would be appreciated. Or if you know anyone looking for one. They really are great cars.
I am eyeing a 164E, the fuel injected model. Do you know if this engine has better mileage than the carburated engines? Any of you owners care to take a guess at the mpg?
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Hooray! I just bought a granny's 1969 164 in white. awesome original condition, but the upholstery needs a lot of love. anyone have any tips or suggestions as I plan to have this done?
I am not a "car person" but I HAD to have this vehicle. I have a good volvo mechanic and need the car to haul the kids to and from school.
Volvo 164 1969-75.
Volvo's luxury car entry. The best ones are 1969-72 with manual transmission. The later years with the US safety bumpers (1974-75) are just simply ugly old tanks. No resale value. With an automatic transmission you'll do well to get 12 mpg around town, and the AT will fail at 100k or less because it does not handle the extra torque of the 6-cylinder. The fuel injection systems are primitive, and also subject to lots of quirky failures. Unless it's a 69-72 with manual tranny, just walk away from these cars...
I am a BIG 164 fan. My first car was a 1969 164 4 speed manual which I bought in 1986 with over 400,000 miles on the clock. The twin Stromberg carbies are a bit of a nightmare so I put on a set of triple SU's which are easier to tune (mix). It is worth sniffing out a set of steel timing gears as the fibre one will rattle after a while spinning on the end of that 6 cylinder cam shaft. The car later got an engine transplant (same B30 type), the M410 overdrive gearbox and limited slip diff options and hey-presto we have a ripper drivers car. Being a hoarder I kept it in storage and now recently bought a 1970 model as well with factory sunroof and in amazing condition for its age - only 113,000 miles.