1986 Volvo 740 GLE 4 cylinder gas from North America
Safe, fun and unreliable. Stay away!
Three exhaust systems in five years.
Four Air Conditioner repairs in five years.
The manual selector lever head comes off in your hand if you try to put the car in reverse without pulling up on the sleeve on the selector shaft.
The car is a bust in snow. Rear wheel drive = no traction (tested in N. Michigan.
The Wilmington Delaware Dealer charged me a thousand dollars for stuff I did not need. When trying to drive back to Dover, the problem was not fixed. Add $200.00 more for replacement negative battery cable.
The 740 uses the brake system for the 240 and is always in the shop for adjustments.
Even when fully closed the sun roof leaks large amounts of water when driving through car washes (Homewood,IL Sonic Wash)
Although a real racer on new roads the suspension is non existent on secondary ones.
Following the Volvo maintenance plan will cost you a fortune.
This was my first and last European. I am now a born again Japanese (and a believer)
Yes it is a safe car and the seats are comfortable, but unless you are extremely wealthy go East young man go East!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 15th December, 2002