1991 Volvo 940 GL 2.4 I4 from Sweden


A large comfortable tank that will run forever


Had to change the brakes, but it was cheap and not exactly something out of the ordinary.

General Comments:

I bought the car because I needed a reliable cheap and comfortable car, and the 940 was all that.

It's cheap to own:

Insurance is dirt cheap.

Every garage can repair it, and parts are easy and cheap to find.

It's virtually immune to rust; it was 18 years old when I sold it and almost rust free; this after being driven on road salt infested roads all its life.

The heater is unbeatable; after running the engine for a few minutes, it's like sitting next to a furnace.

Seats are like a comfy soft sofa.

It's not a race car, but the 2.4 litre engine works fine, and it will run forever as long as you give it enough petrol.

It's rear wheel driven, so it can even be fun to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th May, 2010

1991 Volvo 940 GLE from North America


Diehard car, which with proper maintence can run forever


My Volvo was a great car. I forgot to put oil in the car, and I drove it for 2 weeks without oil, and the engine did not blow up.

However at 180000 miles I had to replace many things. Air intake manifold, A/C, radiator, coolant pump, starter, brakes of course, and other items. But this is to be expected for an older car.

Now that the repairs are all done I hate to sell it because the motor and the transmission are sound. Good Car. Looks great too, and if you don't want car payments, this is still cheaper than a lease or payments. Insurance is $51 a month and it runs on cheap gas.

General Comments:

Repairs on a Volvo 940 still are cheaper than payments, and it looks great with that body style.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th May, 2008

1991 Volvo 940 GL 2.0 petrol from Israel


Looks like it is going to last forever


Bought the car with a none working A/C. A/C was fixed for 150$ - faulty control unit. - soldering problem.

Electrical passenger window did not work.

Cleaned the electric window switch for 0$. - did it myself.

Changed 2 tires.

Replaced a bad steering bar 20$ for the part.

Nothing else for now.

General Comments:

Bought the car for 3000$, a rare manual transmission here in Israel.

The car feels very solid.

It handles well on long rides, has a very small turning radius (RWD effect I guess).

I like the roar of the engine when revving up from idle and the boxy looks.

This car has alloy wheels with 205 cm tires, which makes it look very massive.

Reliability is good, though I've only done 11000 Km till now.

Gas milage is 1 liter per 9-10Km.

I am planning on using this car till it dies.

I do not drive it much; only about 10-15Km a day to the train station and back, so I won't be adding much mileage on it in the coming year.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2007

4th Apr 2007, 12:32

You might want to consider driving more than 1000miles before claiming it will run forever.

10th Apr 2007, 03:12

I did write that reliability is still unknown.

28th Oct 2007, 08:59

I am planning to buy a used 940 GL, the only thing that hold me back is the infamous AC problem with the model. Is it really that bad?

1991 Volvo 940 Turbo B230FT 2.4L turbo from North America


A quick, dependable, Swedish tank


Other than common wear items (tires, brakes, etc.; the only problems I have experienced are:

Sunroof sagged on its tracks, creating a leak.

The car had some wiring issues with the power drivers seat and the taillight harnesses.

The leather on the front seats has firmed up, and the part of the drivers seat-back that is brushed while sliding in has worn noticeably. (This can, no doubt be blamed on the previous owner not treating the leather properly).

The car takes a bit longer to start in either very hot or very cold weather, or when the engine has been run very recently (i.e. a quick hop into a store for a few minutes). The car always starts, it just takes a bit longer in those situations.

General Comments:

Overall, I am very pleased with the car. Volvos really do have a safe and solid feel about them, this car is fairly heavy despite its mid-size dimensions, which only adds to the feeling of solidity.

The front seats are still firm and supportive, while the back is extremely soft and couch-like; both very comfortable in their own way.

Steering is suprisingly agile on tight corners, response is just about where you want it.

The ABS system is truly excellent- could stop on a dime if need be.

The transmission shifts smoothly and quickly (far more refined than the automatic in my parent's '02 Chrysler).

Despite the rather small engine (2.4 liter four cylinder), acceleration is above adequate for a car in its class, and easily maintains acceleration up steep hills.

After 13 years and 112,000 miles, the engine still tests at the specified 160 horsepower, and doesn't consume a single drop of oil.

The car is safe and dependable, yet quick and agile when needed. The level of comfort and luxury is a far cry from my 71 Beetle.

No question about it, this Volvo is built to last. The B230 engine is practically bullet-proof, and the 700 and 900 series cars have proved virtually immune to rust. The only limitation on how long this car will last is, quite simply, how long I want to keep it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2004

22nd Oct 2005, 00:43

I have a 1991 940 Volvo turbo. Definitely the best car I've had, I love it. Very peppy when I need it, turbo spools up good. I have at least 158,230 miles on it. It needs a few things like bulbs and some very minor bodywork to fix dents and whatnot; other than that, a very decent car.