1988 Volvo 740 GLE non-turbo from North America
One of the best cars ever made
Sunroof motor failed at 235,000.
Dash cracks (notoriously bad with 740's).
Fuel pump rusted out at 260,000.
Minor surface rust (very, very little for its age).
Worn leather seats.
There really isn't much to complain about for the Volvo 740's... these highly dependable and incredibly safe cars are made to last a lifetime. My dealer services more than a few 740's with 500K+!! These cars are like the gift that keeps on giving... great on gas, only fractional maintenance, and unwavering dependability truly do make the Volvo 740 GLE one of the best cars ever made to date by any manufacturer. You won't ever be disappointed.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd July, 2006
9th Jun 2011, 09:39
I agree, the 740 Volvo is a great car. I have one that I bought in 1987 October. It ran flawlessly for 23 years, then all of a sudden, driving down the road, the engine died. It was put on a systems check, and there were no indications of problems. The car cranks, but will not start; the fuel pump does not activate. A new fuel pump, fuel pump regulator, radio suppression relay, coil, ERM, distributor; all of these were replaced, still no start. Any ideas?
6th Sep 2011, 19:17
Fuel distributor... check if there is fuel coming out from the injectors... Remove one of the injectors (easy to do) and try to crank and see if there is fuel injected out from the injectors...
Happened to me once; change fuel pump etc. but actually it's just a wiring problem... After 20 years my 740 GLE is still in great shape, but the wires under the car/engine compartment got loose or hardened because all the heat and dirt elements...