1993 Volvo 940 S Wagon B230F from North America

Summary:

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

Faults:

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.

1993 Volvo 940 GLE Turbo 2 Litre turbo from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Brilliant. Long may it last. Best car ever

Faults:

Water pump feed pipe.

Leaking Head Gasket.

General Comments:

Fantastic car, seriously fast, and handles beautifully.

Comfort is legendary in Volvos.

I think this car will go on for ever.

With 212,00 miles on the clock still sounds like it's just come from the showroom.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th September, 2005