1987 Volvo 740 GLE 2.3 carb from Kenya
Built for life
Engine stalled while on a weekend long journey with my family. Had to be rescued by my mechanic. The problem was that oil had leaked into two cylinders, causing terrible engine misfire. The problem was resolved by carrying out an engine overhaul by replacing seals, valves, overhaul gasket, plugs, and normal engine service. The car runs okay now after that. Seems like the previous owner had neglected it.
Fuel pump was also replaced.
Other than that, the other issues were normal wear and tear items: front and rear shocks, front wheel bearings, control arm stabilizer, bushes, center bearing, front corner lights, alternator brushes, brake pads, and clutch. All these items were worn out due to age and had to be replaced when I got the car from the previous owner.
I think of all the used cars I've had (5 before), this one has been the best. It surprises me considering its age. I've previously owned a Daewoo Cielo, followed by two Peugeot 405s, followed by a Mercedes C200 1997, then a Sunny B12 1992 and now this Volvo.
The car is strong and solid (no creaky sounds and the body holds firmly together after all these years), comfortable, feels and drives safe (brakes when you want it to), good acceleration especially while overtaking, excellent turning circle (able to fit it in tight spaces as well as move out easily despite the length), relatively economical on running costs, and probably the best quality about this car is its reliability. I've never had a car as reliable this one.
Its looks are kind of boring to most people, but that does not bother me... I love looking a little out of the norm.
I feel like I could stay with it for a long time, and I plan to put some extra money into it just to spruce it up and keep it in top notch condition.
They don't make such cars any more; I wonder why. It still feels like it has many more years ahead; it actually beats some newer cars on the road.
Anyways, I love my Volvo 740GLE and will have it a long time.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th July, 2014