1988 Volvo 340 GLE 1.7 from UK and Ireland


Good reliable basic comfortable seats


I've had s light problem with the distributer cap - although its my own fault as the car had stood outside unused for 6+ weeks.

The electrical system seems a bit erratic - sometimes the electric windows or windscreen wipers don't work, but try them again five minutes and they work again.

General Comments:

I would thoroughly recommend this car as a good, solid, reliable basic car which is good driving short distances in town and on the motorway.

Much better than an escort, astra etc - how many of those do you still see around?

I actually like the styling - its different.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th September, 2003

1988 Volvo 340 GL 1.4 from UK and Ireland


A cheap, sensible, anti-fashion statement


Starter failed.

Head gasket failed at 95000 miles.

Various carb problems - seems to shake itself loose and needs regular tightening.

Fuel leaks throughout system.

CVT drive belts failed. These are a nightmare to replace unless you can get hold of the special tool or knock up one yourself.

Niggly electrical problems.

General Comments:

An extremely comfortable car to drive, with good seats and a spacious cabin.

Feels solid on the road and handles reasonably well if driven sensibly.

We have had a lot of niggly faults with this vehicle, but it is very easy to work on (with the exception of the CVT belts) being mechanically simple. The engine bay is particularly accessible.

It is very suitable for the cost conscious owner who prefers to his/her own repairs, although parts from Volvo can be expensive. (Try other specialists first and then ring up Volvo for a laugh!)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th April, 2003

1988 Volvo 340 GLE 1.7 petrol from UK and Ireland


Be different - buy this car and surprise yourself


Starter motor died, replaced myself in an hour.

Pneumatic boot struts failed (Have to hold boot open with hand!)

Lumbar support control fell off driver's seat : (

Rear shocks failed after 101000 miles.

A few problems with the carburettor.

General Comments:

Rear-wheel drive with enough power to enjoy it when it snows :)

A wonderful motorway cruiser - seems to drive itself provided the front wheels are in good balance.

Keep the shocks in good order and the handling isn't bad.

A small urban tank designed for nuclear winter with a quirky character that should be ugly, but is oddly appealing...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th March, 2003

12th Apr 2003, 17:03

Currently in a 1.7 GLE 220000 miles! original engine, gear box, 2 carbureters, 2 radiators, otherwise as new. Had the car since '92, it's been to 26 European countries never let me down!

25th Mar 2006, 12:27

Whoa. That's good... makes me wonder what I can get out of my 240...

1988 Volvo 340 GL 1.7 petrol from UK and Ireland


Dependable work horse


Bad wheel vibration at 65mph was sorted by new tyres and wheel alignment.

Heated seats and lumber adjust haven't worked since I've owned it.

Some rust on passenger door where it was re-paneled 10 years ago. All other panels are immaculate.

Difficult to down shift to 2nd gear.

The previous owner spent over £1500 on it over 4 years. Parts inc. clutch, carb, front struts, exhaust, ignition, brake cylinders, brake pipes...

Will change the cam belt ASAP - just to be sure.

General Comments:

The car was bought for £220 as a 2nd car/work horse for lugging stuff about.

But its so good I've sold my other car and use the Volvo everyday.

Comfortable hard-wearing interior.

With a mix of SENSIBLE town and motorway driving it returns 35mpg.

People have said that the handling is a bit scary in the wet. However, with half decent tyres and if you don't drive like a complete lunatic, you'll be hard pushed to lose it. But you can put the back end out if you want, and its quite good fun.

The brakes are amazing for a car this age, on a par with new cars.

Cheap spare parts are readily available from breakers.

Its not the prettiest car in the world, and has absolutely no credibility what-so-ever. People point and laugh.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th January, 2003

16th Dec 2004, 14:33

My first car was a 340.. I bought it for about 700£, which is quite cheap considering the danish taxes.. My friends laughed a lot, but I have never driven such a cheap and lovely car before.. It has a lot of space, the heating in the seats is great.. I am considering buying a new 340 next year..