1989 Volvo 440 Reviews

1989 Volvo 440 DL 1.7 from Netherlands

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.7 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired146000 kilometres
Most recent distance215000 kilometres


Very reliable, but getting too old


After 190000 km there was an oil leak somewhere in the engine, which was cheap to fix.

After 210000 km I had to replace the rear bearings, which was a little more expensive (300 EUR)

After 215000 km (right now) the carburetor is not air-tight anymore, which is gonna cost me too much given the age of the car (16 years)

General Comments:

I've driven 65000 km in this car, and it never gave up on me. Very reliable, but it's getting too old now.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st March, 2005

1989 Volvo 440 Turbo 1.7 turbo from Latvia

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 1.7 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired117000 kilometres
Most recent distance154000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Corrado


Volvo - for life!


Nothing special: new radiator, exhaust system (due to the corrosion), safety belt and speedometer at 123,000. Now I have no problems.

General Comments:

This car is very reliable, comfortable, safe and fast.

May be design is a bit old fashioned, but this car looks very beautiful in white color (also white bumpers), with "17" wheels and a spoiler. Beautiful sport interior and a lot of "extras" inside. This is one of the safest cars in it's class. Engine and turbo works wonderfully. And the sound of acceleration is fantastic, especially with sport exhaust in my car. I've won tuned BMW 320 coupe (e36), Honda Prelude, BMW 525 (e34) and others. People started to get jealous:)! It has 120 hp + 40 hp (chip) + 30 hp (filter + "spider"). The greatest car for this money with no technical problems!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 2004

4th Jul 2004, 09:37

I have a 440 t 1989, with a bad speedometer and am unable to find a way to replace it or have it repaired. anyone tell me what to do.

4th May 2005, 00:09

I also want to buy Volvo 440 turbo, but I'm considering about economy. How about a fuel consumption? Hom many liters it takes for 100 km?

7th Mar 2006, 09:20

About 0,6-0,7 l\10 km (80-100 km\h) And max 1 l\10km.

1989 Volvo 440 GLE 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired116000 miles
Most recent distance118200 miles
Previous carVolvo 460


A great reliable car, cheap to run, and very comfortable!


Both battery clamps were broken when I bought the car, but I was told by the seller that this would not affect the car's performance. I only found out a few days later that, as the clamps were not making proper contact with the battery terminals, the battery did not get recharged while driving. The clamps have been replaced now, and I've had no more problems.

One of the rear lights is unreliable and tends to flicker while driving. This must be very annoying for drivers following behind, but I haven't been able to find a cure for this as yet!

General Comments:

The Volvo 440 is a great car overall. The GLE model features electric mirrors, electric front windows and power steering. The seats wear well and are very comfortable, which makes it a very good car for long journeys. The engine performs really well - speeds of 100 to 120 mph on the motorway, and fuel consumption is very reasonable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th December, 2003

1989 Volvo 440 GLi 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired76000 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 305


Reliable high performance for a small outlay


Nothing major. It has only required those parts generally required at each specified service interval.

General Comments:

The car has been good value for money. It has had no major faults and has not broken down on route anywhere.

The body work is excellent given that it now 13 years old and spent most of its life in the salty atmosphere of a seaside town.

The cabin is a bit dull and there is too much grey around. However the interior has worn well and is in very good condition. The heated seats are comfortable and a bonus in winter. My only misgivings are that I am 6 feet 4 inches tall and the driver's seat does not go far enough back to reach the pedals comfortably.

Idling is rough and the steering is too vague. It's also light on the driving wheels and traction is poor whilst accelerating from a standing start. Performance is good as is fuel consumption.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th August, 2002

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 8 reviews