1984 Volvo 360 Reviews

1984 Volvo 360 GLT 2.0L from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0L Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 kilometres
Most recent distance200000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

Great driving, reliable car - parts are expensive

Faults:

Brake distibution block replaced after brake failure (!) yet it still pulled up OK if I drove slowly so I could get it to workshop.

Once that was fixed the master cylinder blew - noted other owners comments on master cylinder however when looked after these cars have legendary brakes.

Engine Mounts and shock absorbers replaced - having read other reviewers comments on getting 'sideways on gravel' I suspect my car was given some rough treatment by previous owners, however they did look after the injection system so the engine is solid as a rock.

Clutch cable went at 198000 but same thing happenned on my VW Golf so I must have a heavy left foot!

Interiors falling apart like a cheap Ford, but they call the 360 the "Dutch" Volvo in Australia as it was assembled in Netherlands and one suspects to a lower spec.

The parts are dear as poison, but last longer than average.

General Comments:

I love this little big car - surprisingly heavy feeling on the road, but enough grunt to surprise friends when they hear the firm note of the engine.

These cars are unpopular in Australia too (I like the kooky body design) but they hold their value for the following reasons:

Excellent Swedish Volvo engine - mine still sounds great at 200,000.

Excellent Paint - maybe I got lucky, but the only rust I have is under the water reservoir over the front wheel arch... this is important in Sydney where cars rust before your very eyes and one finger sized hole has your car defected (the Golf rusted really badly in the front pillars)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th August, 2002

30th Nov 2003, 15:28

Most of the 300 series sold in Australia and New Zealand -except the first year- were manufactured in Thailand.

The dutch factories did not have lower standards than the Scandinavian ones, but did specialise in the smaller volvo's. (hence, the cheaper ones)

Parts that invariably fail are the pneumatic boot lid springs, and some component in the variable back support is very prone to fail, causing the knob to fall off.

Comments on the comfy chairs are totally correct, to my opinion better than most modern cars (nice and soft :-) )

Have fun with your 360!

1984 Volvo 360 GLT 2.0 injection from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 injection Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired144000 miles
Most recent distance172000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Polo

Summary:

Cheap fun

Faults:

Absolutely nothing.

General Comments:

This car steadfastly refused to die.

When I bought it, it had been owned by the same family from new, and looked immacualate for its age.

When I sold it, it was painted matt black.

I have never had as much fun with a car as I had with this one. It spent roughly half its life being barrelled sideways around islands, doing donuts. and even at one stage driven at over 115mph across an airfield... grass included!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th January, 2002

1984 Volvo 360 GLT 2.0 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 kilometres
Most recent distance200500 kilometres
Previous carToyota Hi-lux

Summary:

An excellent car if looked after and maintained

Faults:

None as yet. Touch wood!

General Comments:

My mother owned a 1987 Volvo 360 GLT and it went like a rocket ship.

The water pump was the only thing to go wrong with hers in 2 years of owning it and by getting non-genuine parts it was $600 to replace.

I love the Volvo, people tend to look at you funny when you say you own a Volvo, but hey, what the heck, it's a damn fine car with an excellent reputation.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 24th July, 2001

1984 Volvo 360 GLEi 2.0 B20 injection petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1984
Engine and transmission 2.0 B20 injection petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10

Faults:

The steering rack failed, and the fuel injection relay needed replacing. I also needed a new battery and a new tyre. But thats about it really.

General Comments:

What a wonderful car. Mine had been soundly thrashed and abused before I got it - but it happily bounced back for more mistreatment from me. I doubt it'll pass its next MOT, but I still managed to sell it for £250.

And I think I'll replace it with another 360. Mine did 20,000 miles in ten months with me in perfect comfort and very quickly too. I even had it up to 120MPH once - and it didn't sound too strained or touch the grey line. I reckon that 130 is a possibility. Not bad for a car that Volvo claim can only do 110.

I can't enthuse enough about this model - go buy one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd August, 1998

1984 Volvo 360 GLS 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1984
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10

Faults:

Corrosion on doors, rear number plate panel. Water pump failed. Radiator cracked. Faulty radio. Faulty rear light units. Corroded headlamps.

General Comments:

No street cred, but then not likely to get nicked. Safe, reliable and comfortable. Reasonable performance, well-balanced handling (though level of grip not very high by modern standards), and reasonable fuel consumption. Boot a bit small for size of car. Steering and clutch are heavy. Can get parts at good prices through Volvo Owners Club.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th August, 1997

26th Jan 2001, 16:55

I love this car, I am Romanian and I have 2 Volvos (1 x 360 GLT, 1x 340 diesel Rebault 340 DL) and I desperately need a manual for a 1.6 diesel.

I spent many days repairing my car, but I gained experience.

Don't hesitate,

giurcan@europe.com

2nd Mar 2008, 02:08

I am Mario from the Philippines. I am very fond of Volvo cars since my youth. At present five units of different models are in my garage.

I fondly use my 1983 Volvo 360 GLS powered by a B19 engine zenith carburetor. I notice that there is not much information in this model with a B19 engine. Can someone there can assist me of the manufacturing data and existence of this kind still in the road. Mine is with a registered 94864 mileage and in top condition. I just use my 360 GLS as my Sunday car.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 5 reviews