1991 Volvo 740 SE 2.3 from North America
Ultimate reliable used European luxury sport sedan
Both Taillights had cracked lenses.
Both front door frames had been removed and reattached loosely.
Trunk interior trim was removed.
Leather seats had not been oiled in a long time and were very hard and somewhat cracked.
Over-drive solenoid sometimes won't let transmission shift into overdrive.
Engine was rebuilt at 200,000 miles by a retired Toyota mechanic. Did an awesome job. Engine switches on as quickly as my parents 96 Camry V6. Engine is so much more powerful, responsive and smooth than the 2.1 in my 1982 245 with only 155,000 miles I am seriously considering putting a 2.3 in it, especially the 16-valve.
The 4-speed overdrive transmission is such a relief from the 3-speed in the 245 I have already purchased one for it. I hear it is much stronger and more durable. It is turning at 3100 rpm @ 70mph vs nearly 4000rpm in the 245.
The handling is very good. The body is much more rigid than the 245. I have added a strut brace and a brace from the struts to the firewall in the 245 that helped a lot. The 740 come standard with the strut-to-firewall braces that look like building girder beams.
I have a very fine stereo system installed in the 245, including a 100-watt/channel Blaupunkt amp, an 60/75-watt/channel Rockford Fosgate amp pushing 2 12" Rockford Fosgate Subwoofers and pairs of Polk 5 1/4", 4-inch and 1-inch Tweeter/2 1/2-inch Upper-mids with a Blaupunkt Houston CD AM-FM head unit that sounds great.
All the speaker installation had to be very customized except for the 4-inchers.
The 740 is all ready to accept 5 1/4's in the front and rear doors as well as 4X6's on top of the dash.
I have already accumulated a Blaupunkt MP74 AM-FM-CD-MP3 head unit with a microhone balanced 5-band equalizer with DNC and RDS, 2 Blaupunkt PCA-100 100-watt/channel amps for 2 sets of Polk DB525 speakers, and a Polk 500 mono subwoofer amp to push 2 Polk db104 sub woofers in a nice infinite baffle enclosure.
This system will really rock in the car even when the manual sunroof is open.
I I have already purchased a set of 16X6 1/2 Volvo alloys with Goodyear 205/55-16 tires that are standard on BMW 325i's.
Just waiting for the spacers to mount them properly.
I am sold on Volvo's great combination of comfort, excellent rear-biased handling, robust build quality an superb high-speed cruising in combination with real world mileage of 22-25 mpg.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th June, 2006