1986 Volvo 360 Reviews

1986 Volvo 360 GLT 2 litre fuel injected from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2 litre fuel injected Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired138000 kilometres
Most recent distance138800 kilometres
Previous carFord Laser

Summary:

Good value, good fun, well made

Faults:

From time to time is seems to lack fuel and splutters, losing power for a few seconds, even 10 or 20 seconds on two occasions. This only happens at low engine speeds, cruising. Driven hard it goes fine.

Minor rust on doors just below windows, also near one tail light.

Rear window de-mister wires were loose.

One speaker only sometimes works.

Hatch door rattles.

Dashboard cracked in places.

Interior drivers door handle trim falls off.

General Comments:

I paid $2000 for this in roadworthy condition, so can live with the odd mystery fuel problem. Solid feel, good brakes, comfortable seats, effective air-conditioning.

Spoiler is handy for siting picnic items on, I question the aerodynamic benefits.

Has always started first time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th April, 2005

20th Jun 2005, 19:00

I wrote the above review. I have not had a problem since I unplugged the airflow meter and plugged it back in, I guess/hope it was a bad connection.

Drivers door trim had been refitted incorrectly, I fixed it, so now the plastic thing around the handle does not fall off any more.

1986 Volvo 360 GLT 2.0 injection from Norway

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 injection Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired260000 kilometres
Most recent distance280000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 360

Summary:

Reliable truck

Faults:

The starting-engine blew, twice.

Had to replace the key-starter, it made the starting-engine blow.

Bad bulk inside cockpit, driver-side, it has started to rust badly.

Oil-leakage that I can't find, or I am just too lazy to find.

Window-whisker "squirter" is broken.

Brake-cylinder leakage.

General Comments:

It handles turns like a rally-car.

Straightens up like it was automatic.

Fine cockpit.

Replaced all brakes, still it's a bit bad.

Starts to shake after 120 km/h, balanced the tires, so now it shakes after 140 km/h.

Could be a bit tricky in the winter, have to turn the key about 3-5 times more than usual.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 2005

1986 Volvo 360 GLTi 2.0 EFI from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 EFI Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired133000 kilometres
Most recent distance135000 kilometres

Summary:

Has SERIOUS Potential

Faults:

Factory Mags were warped out of shape.

New Timing Belt needed.

New Clutch and Gearbox overhaul needed.

Torque Tube Failure.

Doesn't start first go (even after tune-up)

Injectors always clog open and allow too much fuel into the engine, resulting in shocking fuel economy and bad acceleration.

Speedo erratic between 40 - 55kmp/h.

General Comments:

I bought this car with the intention of doing it up and make people see that even Volvo's can be cool. However every week a new problem arises. I'm sticking to my guns though, I'm determined to make this car a hot little number.

The car is very comfortable.

Doesn't have much sting until about 2500rpm.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th August, 2002

1986 Volvo 360 GLT 2.0 L injection from Germany

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 2.0 L injection Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 kilometres
Most recent distance115000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 340

Summary:

Very good bargain if you can get one with a catalyser

Faults:

The car has been rather neglected as it needed servicing, like a new distributor cap and a set of ignition cables. I carefully replaced the timing chain and a few hose lines too.

Loses a bit of cooling fluid, but it's less than 1/2 a litre per year, the water-pump under pressure seemed to be all right, so I neglected it.

Tends to corrode below the doors.

Only once out of order because of a corroded fuse holder for the fuel pump.

General Comments:

Very cheap because of the (completely wrong) image of an old ladies car, but it's a wolf in sheep's clothing. Cheap in insurance (in Germany) too.

Heavy drinker with 9-10 l/100 km.

Most reliable and solid car I ever had, saw the service in 3 years only for the fuse and the annual emmisson/biannual technical control (like MOT in England).

Needs a new shock absorber in the front now.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th December, 2001

1986 Volvo 360 GLT 2.0 B200E from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 B200E Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 kilometres
Most recent distance150000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 360

Summary:

It's 100 percent machine... I love it

Faults:

The alternator broke down, something to do with the brushes.

The steering is hard to turn when at low speeds and at idle.

Steering arm joint was broken, I got it fixed and now it's better than new.

When I put my turbo in it, the engine was blowing smoke from the exhaust, I then reconditioned the whole engine and placed two head gaskets in as well as a decompression plate on the head.

The muffler at the rear was blown and I replaced it with a 3" stainless steel exhaust system all the way through.

Blown axle... well when I sit every day I expected it.

General Comments:

I love it, the best small car to go drifting in and do burn-outs in.

If you ever want a bit more fun around a corner, put a Limited Slip Diff on it and see it go like an animal.

Handles like a beaut.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th October, 2001

8th Jun 2005, 23:44

You are my hero. I'd love to know if you dyno'd the 360 after the turbo + exhaust mods. Tell us more.

No turbo for mine, the current clutch can't handle what the engine's giving it as it is.

Have you changed the shocks? I got mine reco'd with way faster rebound and it's great - but the short wheelbase and average brakes are now glaringly obvious.

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 7 reviews