1989 Volvo 740 GLT 16 valve 2.3 DOHC from UK and Ireland
Quality car, beware of maintenance costs
It's 20 years old, so in common with other 740s, the usual saggy headlining, work-when-they-feel-like-it gauges and seat heaters.
Big and comfy, the GLT was a slightly sportier version of the 740 sold for one year only in the UK with a 16 valve engine. It will go if you really get the revs up, but overall it's not a car that encourages enthusiastic driving.
Handling isn't too bad for something so big, old and heavy - you can normally take corners quite fast with a squirt of throttle, although if the roads are wet, caution is necessary.
I like it as a cheap everyday car, but I don't think its performance justifies the heavy fuel consumption. It's rarely bettered 25 mpg even with careful driving. It's quick, but not THAT quick. Not really worth the effort of tracking one down if you are a 740 affectionado.
Timing belts need to be changed religiously along with the balance shaft belts, and it's NOT an easy job. Aside from the cylinder head, it's the familiar red block 4 cylinder they put in everything else back then, so it should last the course.
One thing I should mention, even though it's 20 years old, it still has excellent bodywork and still feels taut. Quality.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th April, 2010