1990 Volvo 440 GL 1.7 injection from UK and Ireland
Driver heated seat failure.
Rear brakes (disc type), the handbrake mechanism on the calipers is rubbish (usual story - crap auto adjusters).
This car is much faster than you would expect by looking at it - will do 0-60 in sub 9 secs and top speed of over 120mph.
These cars like speed - cruise happily at a ton, but when driven slow twitches about on the road a bit, steering as secretive as the KGB. heavy without power steering.
Engines love cold weather.
Engine is noisy at revs (typical Renault), but with the Fenix multipoint injection it's very smooth.
Despite what the motor reviewers say, these cars are reliable and very underrated; the likes of comparable Fords and Vauxhalls bought for similar money can't hold a candle to these motors.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th January, 2001
13th Feb 2001, 11:59
Hi, I own a 92 GLT and would like to know if you (or anyone else) knows what the deal with the driver's seat heater is. Mine, and others on these reviews, has stopped working as well. Is it an easy fix?
Also my car likes to overheat quickly in traffic in the summer. The fan fails to come on until too late. Again do you or anyone else know of the fix.
Would really appreciate any answers.
27th Mar 2001, 04:52
The heated seat elements really are too tricky too fix when bust. I tried pulling the seat apart to mend one but to no avail. The best option is to get a replacement seat from a breakers yard. There are two elements in the seat; one in the base and one on the back and these are wired in series so when one gets an open circuit the other won't work. If you don't mind having just the one element working (whichever isn't broke) you can bypass the broken one with the wiring under the seat.
On the point of the coolant - these engines just love to leak. Make sure the water level is correct quite frequently and please, top up only with coolant/water mix NOT just water. Where the fan doesn't cut in till too late it is probably due to the sensor mounted on the side of the radiator - this is the one which regulates the fan. The injected models also have an auxiliary electric water pump mounted near the gearbox, try to ensure this is working also as this usually runs on with the fan after switching off a hot engine to prevent heat soak around the injectors etc.