1990 Volvo 740 GLE 2.4 Liter from North America
A reliable older car that rivals even todays levels of comfort
The car has been in my family since it had 70,000 miles on it. Since then it has had only one major servicing after my sister forgot to put it into Park when shutting off the car. It rolled down the main street in our town right into a UPS delivery truck. The cost to repair that was quite expensive. But other than that, problems that are solely of the cars own origin are it's persistent consumption of various lights and bulbs...i.e. blinkers, headlights, taillights, etc... But this seems to be a problem with event the newer cars. (My mother's 1998 V70 t5 has the same sort of appetite for bulbs.)
Other problems are normal wear and tear. The leather seat stitching has started to become unraveled. Various trims pieces have decided to come undone. Like the trim on the dash and door. Also the power mirror on the drivers side shakes at highway speeds making it virtually unusable.
I bought the car, from my father, on the 7th of January of 2003 and then drove the car over three thousand miles out to Nevada. The car worked great. Cruise control worked great and in addition to the great seats, it made for a comfortable trip.
The speakers still sound great, but they are nothing to impress others with, for it seems that Volvo never put a huge importance on sound systems.
At one point during the trip I encountered high winds in Wyoming. The cars power, or lack of, made it almost impossible to maintain its designated cruise control speed of 80mph. Especially up at altitude.
During these same high winds the right hand blinker assembly fell off. This was already the second assembly we had replaced. Now I am faced with paying a lot for the new blinker.
All in all, the car handles well. And could maintain 80mph on the highway very well with still plenty of passing power.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th January, 2003