1988 Volvo 480 Reviews

1988 Volvo 480 ES 1.7L from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership1996
Engine and transmission 1.7L Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired55000 miles
Most recent distance75000 miles
Previous carCitroen AX

Summary:

Practical, fun, sort of sporty, slightly un-Volvo-like car

Faults:

Nothing really went wrong with it except it had a parcel shelf cover instead of an actual shelf and the joiners seemed to break.

General Comments:

I wouldn't say this is a hot hatch as it is too heavy. It has a bit of power, but a MK1 Golf will still leave you standing.

It is a very comfortable car though and I found it very practical.

I'd go for the 2.2L Turbo though! Or something even better.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th August, 2004

1988 Volvo 480 ES 1.7 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 1.7
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10

Faults:

Electric window mechanism.

Alternator x2.

ECU.

General Comments:

Great handling and good 0-60 performance. Still looks modern and turns heads despite age.

Get some alloys for it though!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th January, 1999

10th Nov 2004, 03:49

Our 1988 480ES 1.7 already came with Volvo alloy wheels.

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 2 reviews