1989 Volvo 340 Reviews - Page 5 of 6

1989 Volvo 340 DL 1.4 petrol from Portugal

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 kilometres
Most recent distance130000 kilometres

Summary:

Would buy another one

Faults:

Leaky radiator, both suspension supports at the front, and the gearbox sealant.

General Comments:

Very reliable car, although it has a lot of strange noises in it. Nice for travelling, and it has lots of room for luggage. In conclusion "bullet proof".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2001

1989 Volvo 340 GLE 1.7 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.7 petrol Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired104000 miles
Most recent distance114000 miles

Summary:

A solid car with adequate performance

Faults:

The car suffers from an annoying condensation problem in the distributor cap. If it's left in the rain for a few days without running, it sometimes gets water condensing inside the distributor after about 20 mins or so of driving. This leads to misfiring and eventually stalls the engine. The only cure is either leaving it to dry naturally for about an hour or taking off the cap and drying it by hand. This is a real pain when I've got to get somewhere on time!

It's also got a stalling problem which appears every few months and doesn't seem to be related to anything in particular. I think it's a problem with the idle cut off solenoid valve or maybe something floating around inside the idle jet channel in the carb. It's not too serious since I can always pull out the manual choke to keep it running.

I've spent a lot of time treating some rust problems. Both wings have been off and some reconstructive welding has been done to the outer wheel arches. There is no serious structural rust - yet.

There have been a few minor problems such as a seized central locking servo and a ruptured coolant hose.

General Comments:

Let's face it, the 340 is not a sports car but I'm quite attached to it. It has an acceptable performance with a 1.7 if you make full use of the accelerator pedal :), just give yourself plenty of room for overtaking. One thing to watch out for is the tail end sliding away as you round a corner.

Motorway performance is adequate with a 100+mph possible although I don't recommend full throttle for extended periods of time. Fifth gear keeps the engine noise down but it's a bit sluggish going up inclines. It's quite comfortable at 75-85mph except for excessive wind noise from the door seals.

It drinks petrol. I can squeeze about 30mpg with gentle driving but I tend to drive it as fast as it'll go so 25mpg is more typical. The fuel tank is on the small side and only gives a range of about 220 miles.

If you like working on your car then you'll find that there is a fair amount of room in the engine bay. Most things can be reached easily, especially the spark plugs.

If you go to a Volvo dealer for servicing, be prepared to fork out a large wad of cash. Better to find yourself a good local mechanic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th September, 2000

18th Feb 2004, 07:33

The only problem I had was with the rubber fuel tank sealant being sucked up by the fuel pipe. This would result in engine cut out. After 10-15 minutes the suction pressure would reduce and the fuel would flow again and the engine would re-start. I never did find the root cause of the loose seal. It took a while to find out!

1989 Volvo 340 GL 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.4 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired67000 miles
Most recent distance72000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Nova

Summary:

A good solid, reliable and comfortable mode of transport

Faults:

Needed a new clutch soon after purchase; apart from that it has been on the button.

General Comments:

Not bad for a run-around. Very comfortable interior (better than an Escort or Astra of the same era), especially the seats. Performance can only be described as geriatric, however once wound up it goes strongly. The car feels strong and is rust free. The ride could be better as it bounces on bumpy roads and the noise levels could be lower.

If it wasn't for the noise levels and ride I would definitely use it for longer journeys.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th July, 2000

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 15 reviews