1984 Volvo 340 Reviews

1984 Volvo 340 GL 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance68000 miles

Summary:

A beast!

Faults:

Petrol cap was stolen.

Gearstick head fell off.

Tires went bold after 50000.

General Comments:

The most comfortable car I have ever driven in.

Very safe yet extremely exciting to drive.

Best two hundred pounds I've ever spent - it only cost a tenner to scrap.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th March, 2003

1984 Volvo 340 DL 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired36000 miles
Most recent distance63000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Polo

Summary:

Solid, reliable, but aged looks

Faults:

Drivers front side strut collapsed.

Pneumatic struts on hatch needed replaced at 50,000 miles.

Grommet missing allowing water into drivers foot-well.

General Comments:

As comfortable as you can get in a cheap runaround (£1,000 nearly 7 years ago).Slightly heavy for fuel, but reliability evens that demon out.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th August, 2002

1984 Volvo 340 GL 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carSubaru 1800

Summary:

A great buy for the money

Faults:

Starter motor.

Water pump.

Carburetter needed cleaning.

Throttle cable snapped.

Speedo and mileometer packed up.

Solenoid wire needed reconnecting.

General Comments:

We bought the car four years ago while we were living in Cornwall, and have found him very reliable and comfortable.

We have travelled all over the country from Cornwall all the way to Scotland, and most recently to Normandy in France.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd November, 2001

9th Dec 2002, 18:30

Just to say that we have still got the car and have since driven to France four times and back and is used for everyday transport, generally extremely reliable. The parts that we have replaced are tyres, bulbs, spark plugs. I drive it quite hard as being a 1.4 litre you have to put your foot down in City traffic to keep up. It is now 18 years old now and still running smoothly. I'd say it will last two more years. It has covered 80,000 miles approximately as the milometer packed up some years ago. But at least everything else still works. Still owned up to 7/12/02.

1984 Volvo 340 GL 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1984
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10

Faults:

Not Much. Generally little niggles. Alternator and starter motor had to be replaced. Never broke down while on the move !

General Comments:

A very dependable car. Virtually rust free even considering age. Very presentable and reliable. Fully recommend one versus Escort/Astra equivalent. Currently parents car - I will definitely get one for my 1st car !

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd March, 1998

1984 Volvo 340 DL 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1984
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10

Faults:

Front struts rusted out (blocked drain holes, car been standing for some time before I bought it). Volvo wanted £300+VAT per side - I did it with two breaker's yard struts (£50), a tin of Hammerite and two new BOGE shocks (£80).

Pushrod snapped - local inept (Lada garage) greasemonkeys tightened down rocker cover too tight, so no clearance.

Brake master cylinder died. Also seal went on radiator, could have been caused by someone leaning on it, apparently.

General Comments:

I needed a car to ferry me home from University at the weekends (20 miles each way) to my part-time job. Budget: £1000. Criteria: Rust-free, reasonable size, rear-wheel drive. Bought the car in October '96 with 37,000 miles, mint condition with FSH. Have averaged 1000 miles/month since then.

Likes: Rust-free (Waxoyled it over the summer, a little surface on the rear arch lips now but not bad since it lives outside), solid build, great stereo (put in by me, it didn't have any radio when I got it), comfy seats, interior roomier than you think, rear-drive antics (but doesn't really have enough power), cheap insurance, easy to fix (Renault engine).

Dislikes: Beige paintwork, low MPG (4-speed, heavy car), lack of performance, arthritic image, little niggly faults that occur when you start doing larger mileages on a car that isn't used to it.

Sum-up: Surely better than a fifth-hand rusting Astra/Escort for the price.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th January, 1998

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 5 reviews