1986 Volvo 740 GLE 2.3 B230F from Norway
Old, but extremely reliable if maintained well!
Valve cover gasket blew when I bought it - $20.
Muffler fell off at 310.000KM - free fix.
Alternator failed at 320.000KM - $100.
Heater hose blew around 320.000KM.
Brake pads and discs replaced at 320.000KM - $100.
High beam relay stopped working at 340.000KM.
Transmission broke down at 340.000KM, only reverse working.
This car is very comfortable to drive and sit in.
However, mine did use too much fuel. Around 1.1-1.3 litres per 10KM. I was never able to get it under 1 litre per 10KM, not even on the highway driving economically.
This car is virtually indestructible as long as you buy OEM parts and get the oil and filter changed on time. The alternator that failed was not OEM.
These cars are already old. So if you plan to buy one, it is advisable to get one that has been properly cared for, and with as few previous owners as possible.
All in all, I would recommend this car if you like the brick design. It is indeed a car with its own characteristics!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st November, 2010