1988 Volvo 760 Reviews

1988 Volvo 760 GLE Estate TD 2.4 turbo diesel intercooled from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.4 turbo diesel intercooled Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired230000 miles
Most recent distance280000 miles
Previous carVolvo 245

Summary:

Find one and keep it forever

Faults:

Bought with difficult starting due to low compression.

Needed rebore and new cylinder head. Since then the engine has behaved perfectly.

Recently needed new front caliper for annual test.

Aircon has never worked - heater is fine.

General Comments:

Another cheap, well maintained, well used car (see my Lexus review) which has been perfect for my family and dogs for eight years. Regularly serviced, but nothing else needed in all that time!

Paint is faded and peeling, but only rust is under battery tray.

Leather interior is comfortable but worn.

It seems ideal to have a family car whose appearance doesn't matter, but the inbuilt quality and comfort are still there.

Performance is much better than the spec would suggest - diesel plus auto should be sluggish, but in fact it pulls like a train, and is a good tow car.

Economy is no better than the equivalent petrol engine, 30 to 33 mpg.

Engine is noisy at idle, from outside, but inside is quiet and smooth - six cylinders!

Virtually no electronics means that I can keep this going indefinitely, and this I intend to do.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th June, 2010

9th Mar 2013, 15:46

I posted this review originally.

My update now is that the car drives as well as ever, approaching 300,000 miles. Nothing has failed except the heater fan, to be replaced next week, plus a new sill to be fitted after I caught it on a log and dented it - doh!

I have bought a 940 turbo to use while the 760 is in dock; a good car too, but without the mid range torque of the diesel, and a rather uninspiring flat drone to the engine.

So 760 TD forever!

1988 Volvo 760 Turbo Intercooler turbo from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Intercooler turbo Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 miles
Most recent distance250000 miles

Summary:

Overall, I loved it!

Faults:

Electrical issues once in a while. Sometimes the power seat wouldn't work for a couple of minutes, or sometimes there would be no power to the stereo, but simply restarting the car would fix that.

Seats have worn moderately.

Needed a new alternator at a around 230,000 miles.

Oil leaked.

Some issues with power steering after sitting for half a year.

General Comments:

This car is fast! Especially for a 4 cyl. station wagon. Speedometer goes up to 120 mph, and so does the car.

Accelerates great too!

Exceptionally smooth ride for an older car.

Loved all the options! Power windows, power locks, power steering, power sunroof, power mirrors, heated seats, cruise control.

Loved the capacity. Fits seven people, or you could fold down all the back seats and have a large cargo area.

Seats had adjustable lumbar support.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th July, 2009

1988 Volvo 760 Turbo 2.3 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.3 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired300000 kilometres
Most recent distance350000 kilometres

Summary:

Worth the extra money for the safety and quality.

Faults:

In my ownership: water-pump needed replacement, and the odd bulb or electrical switch.

General Comments:

Comfortable interior, luxurious feel, power everything, plenty of horsepower, and excellent handling aside; this car saved my life. I was in an accident last week, and would not be writing this if I were in any other car. Car went off the bank of a mountain road, fell off a 15m embankment and hit several huge trees before coming to a stop. Both my passenger and I walked away unharmed, closed the door behind us and plan on buying another Volvo. Volvo's superiour focus to safety engineering saved both of our lives, and I never feel as safe in any non Volvo car now.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th June, 2007

7th Jun 2007, 03:53

At the end of the day, this is what Volvo is about. I have heard several stories about how Volvo have saved peoples lives. I believe that here in the UK and in the USA there is 'Volvo saved my life' clubs. I will only drive Volvo for this very reason.

1988 Volvo 760 GLE 2.8 170 bhp from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.8 170 bhp Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired277000 kilometres
Most recent distance284000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 740

Summary:

A comfortable, spacious and quick tank

Faults:

The relay of the warning lights broke down.

General Comments:

This a great car, a real pleasure to drive. With its 2.8 liter motor and 170 hp it's seriously quick. Watch the GTi guys in astonishment when you easily can keep up with them.

I have the 760 estate and the space is enormous.

After 16 years the car is still almost without rust.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2004

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 8 reviews