1987 Volvo 740 GLE from North America



General Comments:

1987 Volvo GLE Sedan (146,500 miles)

In terms of mileage, my 740 is an infant, its age is ire regardless.

The Volvo 740 series is hands down one of the greatest automobiles of all time. It’s understandable that Volvo had to stop making the 740. They practically last forever and for those of us that appreciate this amazing car; there is no need to go and buy a new Volvo. The one I have is just fine - thank you very much! The 740 (normally aspirated) is a simple, robust and easily maintained vehicle. You can’t say that of the current generation of Volvos nor for a lot of other cars - both of modern and past times.

It’s always fun to have new passengers in my 740. They are thrown off by the driver/passenger seatbelts that spool from the bottom and not the door pillar and of course the completely logical (but bizarre to the uninitiated) interior door handles. Heated seats in an ancient (by modern standards) vehicle also make for a good conversation. And let’s not forget the leather upholstery that you can practically butt a cigarette out on without leaving a single mark.

People are almost always shocked when I tell them its 20 years old. Call me biased, but the 740 still looks “modern” even by today’s standards. You really just have to just laugh when you pass a car not even half its age and its blowing smoke out of the tailpipe and the body panels are rusting out.

I can’t really say I have had any complaints with my 1987 740 GLE sedan. The only recent trauma was having the A/C compressor lock up (not fun when its 92 degrees outside and you smell the burning drive belt). I had it replaced - the A/C system converted to R134a and all is fine now. A/C is a luxury in a car of this age and in no way detracts from the reliability of the mechanical perfection of the B230F engine assembly. I had to have the overdrive solenoid replaced too, but it was relatively inexpensive.

If Volvo decided to introduce this same exact model today, I would be the first in line to buy one. Not because my 740 isn’t great, but because it would have that “new car smell” again 

Modern economics have dictated that our vehicular transportation be “disposable” and only meant to last for so long. The Volvo 740 completely defies this logic and alas we are doomed to either buy new cars or continue to keep our Swedish Bricks on the road. I for one choose the latter option!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd July, 2007

5th Jul 2007, 07:54

Well written review, and I couldn't agree more.

My Volvo '88 740 Sedan has about the same mileage as yours and I can see no reason for it not to last another 20 years.

Spare parts are basically found at every gas station here in Sweden so service and repairs are cheap too.

14th Jul 2007, 20:46

Very great review! I am 16 and the lucky owner of a 87 740 wagon. great for loading my bikes in and the dog too!

By the way mine has 450,000 KMS on it. and can still do 170 ks on the highway!

1987 Volvo 740 Turbo intercooler 2.3 turbo from Malaysia


I don't think any other makes can match it


Waste-gate actuated too early, causing too low maximum boost. Had done own modification and now max boost is set to 0.4bar.

Changed the engine fan to electric radiator fan.

Other than that everything else is tip-top condition.

General Comments:

Fantastic performance and comfortable car, not many makes that I had owned, such as the BMW 525, Peugeot 405, and the Ford Telstar V6 can match it. Powerful, yet smooth engine and auto transmission. Real comfort that gives a safe feeling to all occupants.

Makes you feel like piloting a jet fighter, it just takes off majestically at any traffic light.

For long distance travel, it only consumes 8.25ltr/100km at 110km/h.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2007