1983 Volvo 340 DL 1.4 from UK and Ireland
Windscreen wiper motor got very noisy & packed up at approx 40000 miles - replacement lasted OK.
Starter motor at approx 80000 miles.
Clutch replacement at approx 85000 miles.
Other than that, normal stuff you would expect - brake linings, spark plugs, oil etc.
The 340 is a phenomenon. It must be one of the most derided cars - by those who have never been 'intimate' with one.
Every thing is 'right', the handling is superb, traction is very good even in snow, due partly to the mounting of the gearbox at the back. Our 1400cc engine never seemed underpowered, (a 5 speed gearbox would have been nice).
The body, (nasty beige colour) when washed, - which was not often, still looked new at 11 years old.
I cannot think of a more suitable car as a modest hatchback for the British market, indeed, a very high proportion of the total production came here - just look at the traffic on any busy road even 10 years after production ceased, it will not be long till you see one.
As a footnote, I agree with another comment here about the main dealer, we found then patronising and expensive.
Fortunately, any local long established garage will be able to look after a 340 just fine.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th September, 2003
21st Jun 2005, 16:32
I have to agree with regards to Volvo Dealers. I have used them twice, and in both occasions, I found them far from helpful and ridiculously expensive.
A Volvo 340 should be straight forward to maintain. I did all my work myself with few problems. However, most small independent garages should have no trouble carrying out repairs on a Volvo 340.