1985 Volvo 360 GLT 2.0 from UK and Ireland


Wolf in sheep's clothing


No faults until it blew a seal in the cylinder head (something to do with the flame trap?). I suspect I had put too much oil in it.

General Comments:

I bought this car as a stop gap and paid only £300. I loved the car dearly, it was a real wolf in sheeps clothing, it was so powerful and the sound of the large 2 litre engine in a small hatchback was excellent.

Handling was pretty hairy and you had to be careful in the wet.

The fuel consumption was pretty heavy, even on a run, about 25mpg, but the point of this car was it cost me very little and served me well for 18 months. It was reliable safe and so comfortable, I would buy another without hesitation.

The best bit was at the traffic lights leaving behind much newer cars in my beat up old Volvo, these GLT`s go like stink. Buy one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2002

1985 Volvo 360 2.0 petrol B200K from Norway


Someone called it a 240 in disguise - a bulletproof long lasting rocket


Nothing yet, but a few things were already wrong when I got it. A rear wheel drive shaft joint is worn and makes the whole car vibrate when driving uphill around 60 km/h. Planning to change it.

Lots of rattles, mostly my road's fault, but it sounds like it's coming from the doors and windows. Planning to change them from a newer parts car, hope that'll shut them up. The front suspension is also rattling a bit, planning to change the bushings and shocks.

The steering wheel is a bit heavy, especially with my wide tires. Getting a servo unit tomorrow, actually, hope it has the same feel and feedback as the 240 power steering.

General Comments:

I love it. I can't say it too loud, because people will think I'm stupid, but I do. It's the perfect car, except for a few little things. It's really quick, fun to drive, handles like a dream. Sticks to the road like a.. sticker. Nothing like any other Volvo I've tried..

Perfect for driving fast and sideways on gravel, but is also perfect for curvy paved Norwegian roads. Haven't tried it in the snow yet, though.

The little annoying things I am planning to change to fit my needs. Like the hood hinges - stupid and heavy. I'll try to take the spring preloaded hinges from a 240 - should be easy, as the lock already is at the front.

I love the way it looks, too, though it looks a bit weird with the original 175 wheels. Mine has got 15 inch rims from BMW and 195/50 tires on it, that makes it look awesome.

I'm quite tall, and I can't really find a perfect sitting position. It seems like the steering wheel is too far away and the pedals are too close. I am planning to transplant the steering column from a 1980 parts car, though, because it puts the wheel closer to the driver.

The doors open too little, so if you're used to any other car you'll crash in the door when going out or in. And even if you're used to it, it's very annoying to have to walk around the door to get in or out.

I also think the headlamps are too weak. May be poor wiring or contact, but I am thinking of replacing them with double round lights, that may look cooler.. I'll see.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd September, 2001

15th Feb 2004, 13:42

How is it possible to make it into power steering?i need to do it to my 360 gls. any help?

1985 Volvo 360 2.0 from Denmark


An anonymous car with qualities


Timing belt broke, caused me to replace the engine. This was probably my own fault as I didn't replace the timing belt despite it being past the 300000 kilometer mark.

I have been struggling with a lot of rust, but then again, it wasn't in a too good shape as I bought it.

There seem to be leaks around the windows and doors letting water come in when it rains.

Fuel system is probably clogged (fuel tank) as the engine keeps hesitating. I did replace the ignition wires, and the ignition system is diagnosed to be OK, carburettor replaced, which leaves me thinking the fuel line and tank must be the fault.

Reverse light (the white light at the back of the car when you put it in reverse gear) does not stay on.

It runs on 98 RON which is being phased out nowadays.

General Comments:

It is a cheap car in Denmark, mostly because it has a reputation of being boring and being a "grandfather car" - but it is far more comfortable than most other heavily used cars in this price range.

If I can make the engine run smooth again, I would go for another 360 when this one eventually will fail inspection (due every second year).

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

Review Date: 22nd May, 2001

1985 Volvo 360 GLT 2.0 petrol injection from Australia and New Zealand


The best of ten cars that I have owned


Blown transmission axle.

Blown water pump (very expensive).

Worn steering rack (twice, don't use neoprene bushes for a rebuild).

Clogged radiator (from a waterpump).

Broken area around the hinge of the tailgate.

General Comments:

Very solid and most cars don't like to hit it, but those that try always come off second best.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th September, 2000

1985 Volvo 360 GLS 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland


A tough old cruiser but watch that rear-end!


Needed a good service when I first bought it plus a couple of front shocks. It proved pretty reliable but on a couple of occasions it developed problems starting in the wet. Each time this problem was cured with a new distributer cap.

The rear lights played up continually. The terminals were very prone to corrode.

The interior fan motor failed and blew the resistor pack.

It rusted along the bottoms of the front doors.

General Comments:

A comfortable car that ate up motorway miles with gusto. With regular home servicing it just kept on going and although it had a few faults the only time I had to call out the AA was when I locked myself out!

The only real let-down is the handling. The rear end is prone to slide in the wet and this proved the end of mine when it spun and I ran it up into a bank of earth.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th June, 2000