1988 Volvo 340 GLE 1.7 from UK and Ireland


I love this car; when it breaks down I break down


The distributor cap is prone to corrosion and needs replacing frequently.

Generally at the age it is, parts are simply wearing out.

And I can't get spare parts.

General Comments:

One time. It was parked up and got hit by an artic lorry. It got dragged but it stopped the lorry.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th December, 2008

1988 Volvo 340 GLE Limited Edition 1.7 petrol from UK and Ireland


RECOMMENDED! Limited Edition Quality Bargain, one to keep!


Bought car "as seen" of ebay really cheap... found out it hadn't been serviced for years! Drove well despite needing a new radiator and hardly having any oil in it!

Clutch slipping in high gears at 3000rpm+, copious oil leaks from engine.

Mileometer (but not speedo) ceased to work after 2 days of picking car up!

Heated (leather) seats don't work

Some rust on door bottom corners, slight bit on rear outer arches, and (more annoyingly) steel sunroof panel.

General Comments:

Replaced all engine gaskets and seals, even rear cam seal. Clutch slip was due to oil leaked onto it, cured itself after a long, hard drive.

Plan to cure mileometer and heated seats, and (eventually) sort out the rust.

Fantastic car to drive, quite heavy, but enjoyable. A limited edition GLE (of only 300!) this has alloy wheels, full leather interior and all the usual GLE gizmo's.

I don't know why, but I love driving this car. It's old (always a bonus), stately and (to me, anyway) exudes quality. These cars where slated back then, but compared to a Mk3 Escort and suchlike, feel like a Rolls Royce!

I have many different cars, my main car is a mint BMW 520i 24v... and I love these Volvo's. Praise indeed! Most left nowadays are neglected sheds, give it a couple of years and there will be hardly any left. Grab yourself a bargain battleship whilst you can!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2004

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...