1993 Volvo 940 Wagon turbo from North America


A high maintenance, low fuel economy, unreliable vehicle


The fuel pumps have had to be replaced... twice.

ECU had to be replaced along with the brakes, rotors, and body work had to be done due to a previous accident.

The car "stutter-steps" when you try to accelerate, and the driver has to alter the way the gas pedal is depressed in order for the car to move beyond 25 mph.

General Comments:

The car is safe, comfortable, and family oriented. However, with all of the problems I have had, I am strongly considering purchasing a new vehicle.

I also own a 1984 Volvo 240, which I love and is completely 100% reliable. Funny considering this car is almost 10 years older than the 940.

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

Review Date: 6th January, 2009

1993 Volvo 940 GLE 2.3 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Good, solid, easy to maintain car, purchased for A$4000, which I believe makes it good value


Drivers side front seat slightly worn, and the seat belt has worn through seat material.

This car was a one owner low mileage car, which has had only limited use the last few years of the previous ownership. Due to an unknown service record, I have had the cambelt replaced, and also had a new crankcase ventilation kit installed.

Car had a check engine engine light and SRS lights displaced at time of purchase. The oxygen sensor was replaced and the SRS reset by VOLVO specialist, and I have had no further problems.

Front disc rotors on car need replacement, and I have bought replacement rotors (Brembo) at approximately half the quoted price of genuine parts.

General Comments:

This car is a very comfortable vehicle on highway. It's not a performance vehicle, but is quite adequate.

I have found it to be reasonably economical; 32MPG at 110kmh on the open road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd December, 2007

9th Nov 2008, 06:29

Original author of post

Car has now done 112,000kms, no major problems slight leak of coolant on waterpump, no cause for concern.

Car regularly averaging 32mpg on highway.

Used car on holiday to NW West Australia, very predictable handling on dirt and rough road conditions, pleasantly surprised by ability of car on bad roads fully laden.

1993 Volvo 940 from North America


Very Reliable


I have had to replace an ignition module. Brake pads and rotors. The rotors probably needed to be replaced because I waited too long to change the pads. Besides that just regular tune ups and oil changes. The interior hasn't held up too well, but that seems to be a common complaint.

General Comments:

I drove the hell out of this car. I have put about 40,000 miles on it in the year I have had it. Other than the rotors I have spent very little on the car to keep it up. Just the normal tune ups and oil changes and this car runs great. It's no sports car, but it can get on the freeway with no problem. It feels very safe and starts every time. I wouldn't hesitate to drive it across country right now.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st March, 2007

1993 Volvo 940 S Wagon B230F from North America


A semi-reliable, slow, uncomfortable, and hopefully safe car


We have had to replace the radiator, which is normal for these cars.

We have gone through 3 water pumps, all of which have failed while driving causing over heating.

Seats look horrible. I've seen seats in much better condition with more than 130,000 miles. 128,000 miles is relatively low for a 13 year old vehicle as well.

Gas gauge sender unit in vehicle failed. Almost $500.00 to fix.

I have 2 dome lights fail to do a faulty circuit boards that would short out. This caused "Fuse 5" to blow every fuse immediately and there are many accessories powered by Fuse 5.

Front drivers side door panel is puckering out causing speaker grille to not fit on tabs and gaps between the door frame.

A deer was hit going about 35 MPH, and the airbag didn't deploy. No one hit the steering wheel, but it makes me wonder if it'll deploy at when its really needed, or maybe when its not. The deer hit in the bumper/crushed the front of the hood/grill/left headlight.

The AC no longer works. It may just need refrigerant, but the compressor doesn't ever cycle on. I haven't actually taken a look at that yet, but it hasn't worked in over a year.

General Comments:

This car has been fairly reliable. I guess I could call most of the problems minor, although still in a large number and quite annoying.

This car wants to make me feel safe, but because of the deer episode described above, I'm not sure if it is. The car did take a lot of the impact when the deer was hit, making it feel very sturdy, but there was no airbag deployment, which I would think anything hitting the front at 35mph should deploy them. I've read a lot that they will sometimes deploy by just hitting someone going slower than 10 MPH!

The performance of the car is absolutely horrid. Slow is an understatement.

I can't remember the comfort of the car when we first got it, but now its very bad. It is very noisy making it hard to talk to anyone in the car. There is a lot of wind noise and creaks and squeaks. The ride comfort is also bad. It doesn't seem to soak up any bumps, making the already "rattly" interior, even worse. I find some of the ergonomics not very good either. As with all European cars, the cup holders are horrible. You can't put a cup in the front cup holders before you put down the parking break, otherwise you either can't put the parking break off, or your drink won't fit at all. The radio controls are also hard to use without having to look for too long to find the button you want.

Overall, this will be my last Volvo. The reliable has been so-so, and for its time it was a safe car. By todays standards, most cars are as safe as Volvo's were once claimed to be, and are more reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd June, 2006

4th Jun 2006, 11:57

It's actually deceleration rather than speed that sets off the airbags.

If you knocked the legs out from under the unfortunate deer so it slid over the car, you might find the deceleration was not sufficient to set off the airbags.

4th Jun 2006, 15:13

Yes, this is a slow car, but didn't you test drove it before buying it?? Besides, I've driven the same car and yes, it is not a sprinter, but it does have adequate acceleration and passing power. Maybe it feels a bit slow to you after driving your Ferrari. This car is reliable as a rock. Any radiator problems I would blame on poor maintenance or use of the wrong fluid. This may also relate to the water pump failure.

True, the trims and leather are not the best of all times, but this is a 13 year-old car for crying out loud!!, what were you expecting?. In case you didn't knew there are products out there that treat trims and leather like armor all. If you wanted something fast and new, you should visit your BMW or Mercedes dealer.