1988 Volvo 780 2.8 from North America
Probaby not the car's fault. The previous owners absolutely did not care for this car
R/H window motor
Unknown source battery drain
Unknown source electrical power cutting completely out
Water still leaked into interior after many attempts to find the source
Oil pan gasket
Timing chain cover gasket 2X
The BIGGEST POS I have ever owned. It drove and handled very well, I have to give it that. I liked driving it, that's the only reason I kept it so long.
I took it off the road twice for months and attempted to fix the electrical issues. The Swedish schematics left a little to be desired. I should have gotten rid of it after the transmission failed. After the second timing cover gasket failure, I could not justify putting more money into it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 25th November, 2009
25th Nov 2009, 16:54
This is a 21 year old car, what did you expect?
I had a 740 and had a lot of issues, but she was 18 years old and had 175,000 miles on it.
26th Nov 2009, 00:31
If you have owned it from 1998, and all that has gone wrong is what you stated, it was a highly reliable vehicle.
I'm sure you needed to replace tires and other routine wear parts like brakes, coolant, oil,... etc.
As for the electricals, you should have found a good automotive electrical specialist and they would have found your issue.
I have a 91 turbo 4 with 226,230 miles and it is in near perfect condition, mechanically, and cosmetically after nearly 19 years. It has its original paint still, Blue Pearl (407). These cars were built by Bertone in Turin Italy and yours probably sold for $39,000 US dollars when new in 1988. The materials and quality of construction reflected this price tag. The entire interior was covered in leather, including the side panels with real wood inlay panels. It was a top notch touring car, and as you noticed the ride and handling reflected this fact.
With ordinary proper care and maintenance, these cars are nearly trouble free, but the V6 needed meticulous oil changes and gasket checks as you found out. My Volvo mechanic loves mine nearly as much as I do. So, you're right, it's not the car's fault...