1984 Volvo 360 GLT 2.0L from Australia and New Zealand
Great driving, reliable car - parts are expensive
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.
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!