1989 Volvo 340 DL 1.7 from UK and Ireland
Boring image but goes better than expected
Only alternator - low output.
Very solidly built. No rust and the underside is perfect. Easy to repair (my other car is a Citroen BX!).
Seats OKish but poor ride, back end responds badly on poor surfaces due to cart springs although a previous Volvo 66 (DAF) handled well.
Engine noisy on startup (piston slap?) but quiets once warm and doesn't use any oil at all.
Thought performance was poor when I bought it but discovered that the second carburettor barrel doesn't open until you floor the throttle well. Surprises other drivers and gets better over 65mph - ride and handling improve.
Heavy steering at lower speeds.
I look forward to a few years as a strong, easy to maintain, local runabout but wouldn't consider swapping it for the comfort of my Citroen for a long trip.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 25th March, 2000
24th May 2001, 15:06
Get another 66, you know it makes sense!!!
28th Oct 2001, 16:02
Still going strong, at 114000. Over 40mpg, doesn't use any oil or water. New steering rack fitted, very cheap has lightened steering - now too light!
Still uncomfortable, jittery ride but very reliable and economical. Not fun but practical.