1989 Volvo 760 2.3 turbo from North America


The finest automobile I've ever owned


I recently bought this car from a Volvo mechanic. I'm still in the glow of everything being in working order.

The leather, however, does have the typical wear from getting in and out of the car.

General Comments:

The acceleration and handling of this car is remarkable for such a large and heavy beast.

The mileage isn't the best (20-23mpg), but for the comfort and capacity of the car it's not bad.

Possibly because Volvo only changes things in increments, and very slowly at that, the styling is still quite pleasing.

And, finally, I paid $2500 for mine and I've seen them for a bit more and a lot less--bargains are easily to be had.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th December, 2003

30th Apr 2007, 15:59

Yeah I got a great one for just $850 a real bargain with everything working except the driver side electric seat.

1989 Volvo 760 Turbo turbo from North America


Runs forever


Just about everything.

Turbo blew a couple months after I bought the car.

Seat motor never went back and forth.

Sunroof was worn so it stopped closing correctly.

Both struts on the drivers side are bad.

Plastic overflow tank for the engine coolant broke, which unfortunately was the straw that broke the camels back.

General Comments:

Excellent car for all of it's faults.

While things were broken it kept on trucking almost 2 years more.

Tons of space inside, it can fit a 6'3" person comfortably in the back seat, a feat not often duplicated in many other cars.

I'm going to miss this old brick when it goes for the trade in, it served me well for over 2 years after buying it for only $1400.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd October, 2003

14th Mar 2007, 11:03

I own a 1988 760 turbo, and I find the engine incredibly sophisticated and difficult to find someone that is either willing to work on it, or has the capability of working on it. It's fast and runs great when it's tuned properly, however that is rarely the case. I find it hard to keep it tuned for maximum performance and efficiency. Unfortunately, I had to replace the turbocharger twice, to the tune of $750. Other than that, the car has been satisfactory. It has approximately 150k, and I believe the motor is still relatively strong. I expect the motor to last another 100k, however, I have lost hope in the design and longevity of the turbocharger, and without it the car is so slow it almost goes backward.

1989 Volvo 760 GLE 2.8 V6 from Norway


A safe, secure, luxurious and quick brick!



General Comments:

This is most certainly the best car I've ever had! I had to sell it due to financial problems, but I regret doing it to this day.

The car was in almost mint condition when I bought it, and despite a lot of well-meant warnings from people not to buy a V6 Volvo, I still went ahead and got it. I had no problems whatsoever.

The 150Hp V6 engine fits this car like a glove. I have tried the 165hp 2.3L Turbo version of the same car, but was disappointed of the performance. The V6 version is faster and feels more powerful.

The only disadvantage of this car is that the gas mileage is not so good. Mines used about 10-15 liters/100Km, depending on driving style.

Due to the generous amount of power this engine delivers, the car is very fun to drive! Floor the pedal, and the car takes off like a wild horse! Overtaking is as easy as a breeze. You see the car in front, think to yourself you want to pass it, and before you know it, it is behind you.

The car had all extras, like Electronic Climate Control, powered sunroof, power windows, power steering, differential brakes... you name it, it had it.

The seats is typical Volvo, you can sit in the car for 12 hours straight, and come out feeling better than when you entered the car!

If I would buy one again? Well, I am currently looking for one I can afford...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th August, 2003

5th Apr 2006, 21:38

I too love my 88 GLE, although since I bought it used 8 years ago, I have had to replace the electronic engine control module twice, at 600cdn apiece, and have had to change the distibutor cap and rotor approx every 30k. Otherwise, it's as solid as any new car I've been in in a while.