1990 Volvo 340 Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1990 Volvo 340 SE 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired47000 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Polo

Summary:

A high performance sports hatch

Faults:

Rear wheels worn out in 50,000 miles.

General Comments:

This car is seriously quick off the traffic lights. However only BMW can beat it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd February, 2003

1990 Volvo 340 GL 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired86500 miles
Most recent distance95000 miles

Summary:

A safe and reliable bet

Faults:

The mid section of exhaust fell off

I burnt the clutch out (my fault)

The water pump need replacing

The starter motor failed, but it had been left standing for several weeks in the middle of winter.

General Comments:

The car is amazingly comfortable and very competent at low speeds.

The performance is respectable for the age and weight of the car.

It has been generally reliable and always starts first time.

The fuel economy can be poor, I've had it as low as 18mpg, although I average 28mpg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th August, 2002

1990 Volvo 340 GL 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carAlfa Romeo 33

Summary:

Dull but worthy

Faults:

Nothing- this is the most reliable car ever! It was a little rusty towards the end, but that was it!

General Comments:

Extremely reliable, but totally lacklustre and dull.

I did not like it even though it was a very good car.

Performance was OK.

Interior fine but uninteresting.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th May, 2002

1990 Volvo 340 GL 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired85000 miles
Most recent distance109000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

Good runner from A to B, handling unpredictable and exciting at times

Faults:

- Indicator housing broke

- Fuel line leaking

- Boot won't stay open

- Lumbar support and heating in the seats are both broken

- Idle rate set too low

- Clutch replaced at 98,000 miles

- Window squirter nozzles clogged

- Exhaust fell off

- Tires replaced twice

- Light in the car has blown

- Body paint all oxidized

- Handle on the driver's door snapped in half

All since I have owned it!!!

General Comments:

Achieved a lot of miles in 2 years (24K).

Surprisingly quick for a 1.4, but handles like an elephant on bicycle tires. Oversteer and roll is part of the ride.

A lot has gone wrong in the last couple of years, seems to be dying a painful death on me. Relatively reliable, but unpredictable on roundabout's and the motorway, not fuel efficient in town.

Smooth ride and comfortable driving position with good vision, can pack a serious amount of stuff in to the boot if you take the back seats out (easy to do!).

Need to be a pro bodybuilder to park the damn thing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th April, 2001

1990 Volvo 340 GL 1.7 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.7 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired42000 miles
Most recent distance78000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

A reliable, bombproof urban tank

Faults:

Leaking O/S/R wheel brake cylinder about three years ago - replaced in 15 minutes on my drive for £10.95.

Apart from that, nothing at all.

General Comments:

Don't expect sparkling performance 'cos you won't get it! The fuel economy is reasonable for such a heavy car. The 2 litre variant is harder to find but is worthwhile having as it offers a great deal more poke.

The entire car is absolutely bomb-proof in all respects and will give sterling service if looked after. It is quiet, well built, comfortable and capable of a decent turn of speed once wound up on the motorway.

Be warned that the car is rear wheel drive and the whole suspension setup is vague and squashy so don't even think about razor-sharp handling. If you're planning on taking a bend at a daft speed then you'd best get a couple of cans of touch up and a decent-sized tin of body filler 'cos you'll need 'em..

A word of warning though - visit a Volvo dealer at your peril. They are ill-mannered, charge the earth, perform shoddy work, fit second hand bits as new and have no compunction about sending the spotty apprentice for the Friday lunchtime chips in your motor (I saw them do it). Better to find a decent independent garage and stick to them. If you fancy performing the servicing yourself, then you can look after these cars with a minimal toolkit and only a bit of knowledge as the mechanics are about as basic as you can get.

And finally, after having ridden many, many miles on all manner and description of motorbikes, there's nothing like the grin factor of rumbling down the road with damn near two numb tons of pig iron wrapped around you on a freezing cold morning.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st November, 2000

1990 Volvo 340 GL 1.7 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
Engine and transmission 1.7
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10

Faults:

Car has done 138,000 miles and we bought it three years ago: Prop shaft, exhaust, distributor cap, front seat 'lifter' to let passengers in and driver's lumber support mechanism, interior light.

General Comments:

Superbly reliable car.

Plenty of parts available at breakers yards i.e Propshaft cost 15.00ukp -- Volvo dealers wanted around 200ukp.

Recommended.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 1999

1990 Volvo 340 GL 1.7 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
Engine and transmission 1.7
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10

Faults:

Alternator, shocks, wheel bearings, and rear brake slave cylinders have been replaced, but that's to be expected with 135,000 miles on the clock. The only time it has given trouble on the road was when the primary main jet in the carb became blocked, but I was still able to get it home.

General Comments:

People say 340's don't handle, but with good tyres, plenty of experience and familiarity with one you can get lots of fun upsetting people with supposedly superior vehicles. I found that Kleber 175/70 x 13 tyres worked well and give excellent feedback through the steering wheel, your ass and your feet. I recently replaced the Klebers with Michelins which are appalling by comparison - they just don't communicate. Next set of tyres will be Klebers again. One great thing about 340's is that nobody takes any notice of them; thieves or police. There's a lot to be said for blending in. It may not be considered a 'cool' car, but I believe cool is a state of being, not the car you drive.

So if you have enough self esteem that you don't feel the need for a four wheeled manhood extension, buy a 340. Make sure it's a 1.7 not a 1.4 - I drove a 1.4 once and it was gutless. It's surprising how much difference that 300cc makes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st March, 1999

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 12 reviews