To 22. Aug. 2007: you can disconnect seat belt reminder under the driver's seat. I did that, the car didn't remind me anymore. After a few weeks I got stopped by police and got a ticket. I plugged reminder back on...
I once owned a 340 that was still running after 220000 miles, and only ever needed 2 new parts, which I obtained from a breakers yard. The car was written off when a careless driver slammed into the side of me.
Any other car other than a Volvo would have left me badly injured. As it was I got out without a scratch.
I have just got a great buy on a 440 LE 1.8i, one owner, Full Service History, and only 43000 miles on a 96 plate. Loving it already, and although it is ugly according to my friends (not me), I know we have many happy years ahead of us.
Renault 19 engine, are you sure about that? Because my Renault 19 is front wheel drive I thought, your Volvo was a rear wheel drive.
Anyway had no problems with the engine in the RSI 8v Renault 19 year 1993.
I have a 93 Volvo 440 Si with 66,000 miles and still going, not bad for an 18 year old! I was lucky in that it didn't cost me anything to buy, as my father-in-law gave it to me. Unfortunately, my car has bucked the trend at having some large patches of rust.
It has also recently developed a mysterious ticking sound; one garage thought it was alternator related and charged me £60 for replacing an alternator bush, but I took it to another garage as the first didn't fix it or seem to know what was wrong. It turns out to be the water pump, so I am getting that replaced.
Other than that, it has had a new battery and alternator due to problems starting, plus a new timing belt as it was due to be changed. It has always sailed through the MOT, and I hope it will continue to be reliable.