1989 Volvo 740 GLT 2.3 petrol from UK and Ireland
A temperamental - but lovable - teenager
ECU box gave out after barely one month's ownership; cost best side of £200 to diagnose and replace.
Middle section of exhaust needed replacing at MOT.
Rear shocks needed replacing at MOT.
Fogs and hi-beams incorrectly wired, presumably by a previous owner.
Possible head gasket problem.
Sender unit needs replacement; having fun and games locating one.
My first car, after passing my test in summer, 2003. Needed a car with at least six seats, but never thought of a Volvo; was looking at old MPVs!
Daunting at first because of it's size, but is a joy to drive now, despite it's blind spots and above problems.
Very sturdy and can pull good weight; helped move most of the contents of our house last month.
Interior definitely shows fifteen years worth of wear, but it adds to the character, I feel.
Decent acceleration in second gear, but first gear and reverse can be a little notchy and hard to engage sometimes.
Roomy interior for passengers and a typically capacious boot; although can occasionally be a squeeze for 6' 3" drivers and lumbar support leaves a bit to be desired.
Having driven nearly 4000 miles, despite the problems - on account of the car's age, in my humble opinion - it's been by-and-large an enjoyable experience and I'd have another Volvo in an instant.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th June, 2004