1994 Volvo 940 T 2.0 turbo from North America
Reliable RWD Volvo once you work out the kinks
I bought this car used and had owned a 940 in the past. I thought I knew everything about them and that this one could not surprise me. I was wrong. This car had some quirky little problems that I think drove the previous owner nuts. I was beginning to question the wisdom of buying an old Volvo again.
When I first took the car to my mechanic they said it needed new brakes, a new radiator, a timing belt change and a new battery. I figure these are all consumables, so no argument from me. They fixed it all.
Now the fun started. The car had a nasty habit of stalling 7-10 minutes after I drove it away from home. It would not start for 3-5 minutes and then almost always it would fire up and run fine. Drove me nuts. After lots of research and a few more trips to the mechanic, I found out the previous owner had installed a new fuel pump relay, but they did not buy an original Volvo part. They used a cheap knock-off part from China and the relay was too hot to touch after the car ran for 5 minutes. New Volvo original fuel pump relay and the car has not stalled on me once since then. Don't use no-name parts on Volvos. Not worth the small savings in money.
Very comfortable. Does not have the pep of my previous Volvo turbos (a 940 and a 740). I don't know why this is the case, but it just doesn't have that neck snapping acceleration you get from some Volvo bricks. But, it is fine. The car runs very reliably now and gets me from point A to B. Great turning radius, so it's easy to park. My wife has a Volvo V70 and is annoyed every time I comment on its poor turning radius compared to the 940.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th March, 2018