1985 Volvo 760 Turbo Estate 2.4 turbo from Australia and New Zealand


Quick family tourer - but handles like a boat


When purchased second hand, the dealer made some small repairs to make roadworthy - it was checked by an independent mechanic and seen to be a good/cheap buy at $4000AU - but within a few months I was hit with some serious problems:

New radiator required.

New starter motor required.

New ring gear on the harmonic balancer.

Air con failed - new condenser required - but never has worked properly since.

New front suspension required.

New fuel pumps (2) required.

And now the electrics have begun to fail.

General Comments:

After spending way more bucks on this car than I did in making the initial purchase - it's actually turned out to be not a bad vehicle. The turbo makes it an interesting drive when the wife and kids are at home and we've driven it interstate (800 plus k's each way) on numerous occasions without fault - for an old beast it's a good highway tourer. In the city, though, it's like any other old Volvo - it's heavy and cumbersome. Initially, I was upset about all the repairs needed on this car - especially since it had been "inspected" independently. But since it has reasonably reliable. I'd still buy another volvo - but next I want a new one!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2005

6th Dec 2005, 01:13

I am in the market for a new car and have my eye on a 1990 760 Turbo Wagon... I fear the independent inspection that doesn't connect to reality. My wife wants a new Ford Focus wagon, but I'm close to talking her in to the new 15 year Volvo. If I'm wrong, she will make me wear that Ford warranty like a hat.

10th Mar 2006, 02:51

I am just about to part with my 15 year old 760 Turbo (but only due to having been one of the middle cars in a 4 car shunt - its still perfectly drivable, but the insurance company have valued it at £300!) 123,000 on the clock when I bought it & 189,000 on it now and it still drives well and has one of the smallest turning circles in my neighbourhood :-)

1985 Volvo 760 Turbo turbo from North America


A great, comfortable car


Muffler leak.

General Comments:

Like all old Volvo's the front seats have a large number of cracks. Overall it is a great, comfortable car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd March, 2003

23rd Oct 2004, 11:26

We have one of these in the family. Amazingly good car. 350,000 km and engine still feels like new. very fast, with no fuss. only suspension is not too good in this model.

1985 Volvo 760 Turbo 2.3 B230-F from North America


A high maintenance automobile


On the Volvo 760 Turbo there were too many things that went wrong, when we first bought it at 54,185 miles, even though I bought it from a authorized Volvo retailer in Monterey which was Scandia Volvo and now it's called Larry Menke In.

My muffler fell off after one month.

The shift indicator light didn't work.

Electrical problems occurred, each time I put the headlights on the wipers would sweep.

My front left fog light screw fell off.

The rear front fog-light switch froze.

There were too many problems, I felt it was a Swedish Pinto.

General Comments:

The Volvo 760 Turbo is a great traveling car, it's safe and solid, the acceleration pick up is good on the freeway, and it will last a long time if it's properly serviced with a lot of money poured into it in repairs.

The parts are very expensive including repairs.

The rear seats are comfortable and cozy including the front seats.

The trunk is spacious.

Gas mileage is bad each time you use the turbo.

The oil leaks a lot because there are too many oil seals and gaskets, especially when the car gets old.

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

Review Date: 12th August, 2001