1997 Volvo 460 Reviews

1997 Volvo 460 Base 1.6i from Serbia

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6i Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired195000 kilometres
Most recent distance220000 kilometres
Previous carRenault 5


Very good car, reliable, but expensive to maintain


Nothing had really gone wrong with the car. Just some regular service etc. oil change, cam belt...

Had a crash with it and had to buy new headlights and hood (damn expensive!!!).

General Comments:

Performance is at satisfying level, it's a lot better at higher speeds then my previous Renault although it was 1.7.

The crash I had was due too my fault. I crashed at the speed of 80 km/h into Shkoda in front of me. Since it is Base version it doesn't have ABS so it couldn't stop at slippery road. Luckily it didn't even damage the air condition radiator while Shkoda got almost bent in half.

It is very reliable and roomy. This is the first car I had with an air condition... I'll never take another without it :) Long trips aren't even felt with this car. High stability at high speeds with 185/60 R14 is guaranteed. What more to say,but that it is really nice car and also good looking. It's cheap price is probably because of it's expensive parts. I had to pay for used hood 300 pounds at local store and also they are the only one that had it... Anyway it's your money so you decide what to do with it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th August, 2005

5th Oct 2005, 10:37

I am the owner of a Volvo 460 GLE 1.7 liter. I'm the first owner, and I had a similar accident. The problem was in the front brake pads (worn out), so I crashed into the Golf series 1 in front of me. My damage was the same; hood and the front lights. The Golf was scrapped.

Generally I didn't experience lots of faults. High pressure hoses for the A/C burst when the car was 2 years old, and now I'm dealing with an electrics problem. Some time ago I noticed the light indicator for all 4 direction lights on the switch goes on and off, but direction lights are OK. As I am electrician, I was suspecting that something is wrong with electronics, and really today when I was checking it, I discovered the whole bunch of cables passing next to CPU are rubbing on the frame of the CPU, which is an aluminium frame. The CPU is positioned above accumulator battery, on the driver's side. If I find something else, I will write again.

Regards to all from Croatia, maudovic@inet.hr.

1997 Volvo 460 CDi 2ltr injection from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 2ltr injection Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired12000 miles
Most recent distance16000 miles
Previous carSkoda Octavia


Really solid, comfortable family car

General Comments:

All the family really love this car, very comfortable fully loaded, didn't really want another car, but with a genuine 1200 miles on the clock and one very careful lady owner couldn,t walk away. When you hit the accelerator this car really heads for the hills, my son clocked it 0 to 60 in under 8 seconds, but driven normally a very sedate comfortable ride, feels really solid, my wife loves it for motorway driving it makes her feel much safer than in her small car. I aim to keep it for many years! It has all the refinements I could need, and not one spot of rust anywhere! The quality is what you would expect from Volvo, not over keen on the shape, but a great car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th January, 2005

1997 Volvo 460 TD 1.9 turbo diesel from Belgium

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance100000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta


A no nonsense performer that's built to last


Nothing special to be mentioned other than the usual suspects (tires, brake shoes etc.).

General Comments:

It can keep up very well with most of the newer TD (c) i engines. I regularly frustrate Golf TDI and even smaller BMW 3 series owners with my unsuspected accelerations.

In spite of this performance, it's a very economical car to drive. My estimate is it uses just under 6 liters of diesel per 100 km.

I had two collisions, one with a Fiat Stilo - my mistake. I needed a new bumper, the Fiat had to be towed. Later with an Alfa Romeo 155 (his mistake). I think his car had more damage than mine. Anyway - my point: not only could the looks be mistaken for a tank, it's built like one too!

The styling's a bit primitive and there's no electronic comfort devices, but those usually break down the first anyway.

I will keep this car as long as it will run, which could so it seems be next to forever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th August, 2004

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 3 reviews