1990 Volvo 740 GLE 2.3 gasoline from Kuwait


Easily outlasts the owner with regular maintenance


Nothing and still going at 650 000 miles (more than 1 million kilometers)... and in a country where it gets as high as 60 Celsius temperature, and after 25 years, nothing.

The question is how long can you live to see something go wrong?

Oh the paint is faded if that's considered bad after 25 years under the sun, and the dealer is bad unfortunately. So search the Internet and fit the parts yourself, and have the cheapest and the easiest car to fix... got a screwdriver? Get in there, you're a Volvo mechanic...

General Comments:

Behold the indestructible zombie apocalypse car... Clearly this Volvo generation is a far cry from the new ones.

Easier than a blender to run, with comfy seats.

Get the wagon and move some stuff in it too with decent boot space.

Everything works... even the air-conditioner with the original factory r13a gas still in it. I still can't believe it.

Belts every 100 000 miles.

Every 250 000 miles + radiator + hose + thermostat + coolant (no cutting corners).

Transmission oil + filter every 100 000 miles.

Parts are abundant for this car, with loads of cheaper aftermarket alternative parts.

If you see a low mileage carb/jetronic fuel injection... grab it immediately.

Truly this falls under the "they don't make them like what used to be". Our new 2010 Volvo S80 T6 inline six is a joke compared to this :(

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd September, 2015

1990 Volvo 740 2.3L turbo intercooler from Australia and New Zealand


Very reliable, smooth power, all luxuries, and a great value used car under $5000. Driving pleasure


I have owned the car less than 1 year. Nothing has gone wrong in my time.

Previous owner had a new radiator replacement and a new roof lining.

Everything this car has from the factory still works well.

General Comments:

I bought this car in 2012 from a senior couple who had owned it originally since 1991. The car has a brilliant service record, and for a car of 22 years of age, everything from the factory still works well.

In 1990 this car was $72000 AUD, and for a car of that price, it did have clunky plastic interior, however these cars were extremely well built, and were engineered to last.

These old Volvos certainly outlive all other European and Japanese cars of that era.

Heated seats, electric antenna, power windows, A/C + climate control, AM/FM cassette stereo. All original, and all still working fine.

Very comfortable for 4 adults with everything you need (except cup holders).

Powerful 4 cylinder turbo engine does the job nicely. Smooth and reasonable efficient.

Handling is a bit sloppy and saggy, but this could be due to original 22 year old suspension, springs, etc.

Like all older used cars, some have good lives and some have bad. Some models are great and others are a dud.

I was lucky when I found my 740 Turbo; it's a good example of a perfect kept car.

With general maintenance, there is nothing unusual that goes wrong with these cars. Most forums on the Internet or car clubs have ironed out and found easy or upgrade fixes for common faults.

Anyone with basic mechanical skills (or willing to learn) can do most service tasks on this model.

There is something Volvo drivers and enthusiasts get from driving a Volvo; even the older beat up models still bring joy to the driver. A solid car that's for the driver.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 24th October, 2012

26th Dec 2012, 07:43

Do you know where or what dealer I can purchase a 740 turbo from that has a good record?

1990 Volvo 740 GL 2.3L gas from North America


Reliable, comfy 4 door tractor car


Bought the car as a commuter - headliner was replaced, no accidents, one owner - fluids almost over-maintained, clean vehicle - not perfect, but a solid commuter.

Motor mounts were collapsed (replaced right away), needs torque arm and driveline parts replaced - but simple enough I can maintain myself. Also seats have stitches that need sewing up, rubber parts need a thorough refresh - but at 224k miles it's expected..

General Comments:

It's been reliable and quite simple to own - 11,000 miles later - 25mpg, it's a comfy tractor with 4 doors that just runs.

As happens with these cars - interior plastic was a chemical mistake - cracked. Duct tape until it's replaced.

It's a great car - while not fast - it goes well, parts are reasonable, easy to work on, solid vehicle and tons of space. I know it will start every day, and that matters a lot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th August, 2011