A great tank of a car
Basic maintenance performed - tune-up, clean MAF sensor, etc.
Both driver's side power windows stick.
Heated seats don't heat.
Front turn signal assemblies missing.
Speakers go in and out.
Heater selector doesn't slide.
A/C not functioning.
Transmission needs to be finessed to shift.
What a great old car. While a lot of the ancillaries aren't working, keep in mind it's 22 years old with nearly 300.000 miles on it. We bought it to replace a '99 Volvo V70, which got totaled.
I bought it for $500, and after a tune-up, the durable old B230 motor runs pretty well. While it's far from a speed demon, it's a torquey motor that will keep up with traffic far better than its power ratings would suggest. With an injector cleaning, this motor should last as long as I need/want it to.
The interior is not in great shape - cracks on the dash, trashed driver's seat upholstery, disintegrated headliner - but as cheap as the plastics look, there's no rattling or squeaking, a real testament to how the Swedes made these cars back then. The V70's interior wasn't even holding up this well with less than half the miles and age. The seats are fantastic, easily some of the most comfortable ever made. It's distinctly roomy inside both for passengers and cargo.
It rides like a truck in town, but on the highway it smooths out and it makes for a superb road car - stable, smooth ride, reasonably quiet. Even before I got the overdrive working, it got 25+mpg on the highway, and it should be capable of 27+ now that overdrive works.
As mentioned, the automatic transmission does require some technique to drive. 3rd and 4th gear come only if you let off the gas while you drive. A transmission service is in order.
This is a fantastic car for the price I paid, and I would do it again. Where it counts - the mechanicals and structure - the car should outlast nearly anything else on the road, including more modern Volvos.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th December, 2010