1987 Volvo 740 GLE 2.2 from North America


The best car I have ever owned


AC failed at 195000. Not repaired.

Engine mounts had no gas pressure when I purchased the car. They broke at 190000.

Driver's seat heater was broken. Passenger one failed at 175000.

Left rear taillight develops leaks and burns light bulbs out. Fix with vinyl repair glue.

Radio display failed at 135000. Still works, just no frequency.

All other items were replaced at normal or much later. e.g. Original distributor cap and wires lasted until 125000.

Brake rotors weren't touched until 160000.

General Comments:

Most reliable car I have ever owned. It has never been towed and only once did I have to limp it into the garage.

Gas mileage is great for such a large car. Averages 25 mpg in overall driving. As high as 35 on the highway.

Leather still looks like new.

Sunroof doesn't leak.

Paint is still great, but car has lived in a garage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd March, 2004

1987 Volvo 740 intercooler gas/turbo from North America


It's fun to drive once again!


A little drag in the turbo section.

Person before me abused this car. Bent wheel, replaced door, broken fog light, etc.

General Comments:

I have been told with good care, this car will go beyond the 300,000 mile mark. I love driving it and am in the process of total rehab to get it like new again. Car is fun to drive and handles very well. Very responsive, tight steering and comfortable too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2004

1987 Volvo 740 GL Estate 2.3 petrol (Carb) from UK and Ireland


A reliable, comfortable load carrier


Brake servo hose, corroded.

Exhaust back muffler fell off (rusted)

Left-hand electric front window slow/jamming open.

Front tracking.

Interior plastic trim very brittle, easily broken.

Tick-over uneven, throttle system needed lubrication and adjustment.

General Comments:

I bought this car for £400 (with no MOT) from a dealer, on trade terms. I owned it for over 2 years, and maintained it myself, I sold it for £450.

It ran well from the start, wasn't too bad on fuel (20 MPG in town and 30 MPG on longer runs) it's a heavy car, but once it got moving it was really smooth and reasonably quiet.

Comfort was very good, with adjustable lumber support in the front seats, I didn't get a back ache on long journeys. The interior layout is very practical if a little bland.

Equipment included electric windows, mirrors and manual sun-roof, a Volvo rad/cass (replaced with a rad/CD Player)

Problems with interior plastic being very brittle were easily solved by visiting a breakers yard and replacing. I had the misfortune to have the passenger front window broken by a thief and my rad/CD player stolen. I replaced the window myself (£10 from a breakers yard) one consolation was that replacing the window fixed a previously annoying problem with the window sticking.

I spent about £200 on the car in 2 years, this included 4 new tyres (not remoulds) oil, antifreeze, wipers, fan belts (there are 2) and the other things listed above.

This car never let me down, despite being 12 years old when I bought it, I thought nothing of driving it on any long journey.

I have been driving more modern cars recently, but am about to buy a Volvo 940 Estate soon, as I need the load capacity and low-cost reliability once again!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd February, 2004

1987 Volvo 740 GLE from North America


A good, very reliable, safe car.


Not much... I put $600 in to in when I first got it to make sure it was in great mechanical condition and for the next 20,000 miles, nothing went wrong!

My only complaint is that the lower part of the seat was a little too concave for me. It hurt my back after long car rides. The knob that was supposed to adjust the lower back that didn't work.

General Comments:

Fabulous car up to the very end! A few weeks ago, someone ran a red light and totaled it. She hit the front right hand side of the car going 50 mph. The cab was perfectly intact (just like it was designed to be), so if there had been someone sitting in the passenger seat, he/she would have been fine. Seat belts and everything worked great. I walked away with only seat belt marks on my body and she was carried away on a stretcher, even though she drove a newer high end luxury vehicle with airbags. Needless to say, I am a Volvo fan.

The air and heating worked very well. I didn't reach the end of the neighborhood before car was be near the desired temperature.

It got between 23 and 26 mpg, which isn't the greatest, but it's not too shabby for an old car.

The interior was nice. The leather seats showed some wear and had a few cracksn.

It handled very well. The steering was really tight and responsive. It had great acceleration, except on very steep hills. I never took it above 75 mph, but that is because I don't like speeding, not that the car couldn't take it.

Other good points... The seat warmers still worked! It had the original radio and cassette player, which, again, worked great. The sound wasn't the greatest, but I didn't mind.

I've been driving my mom's '94 940 since the accident and I honestly liked the 740 better. It had more power, better feel and handling, the heating and air worked much better, and fewer repairs were needed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st November, 2003