1994 Volvo 940 Reviews - Page 4 of 4

1994 Volvo 940 GLE 2.0 turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired79000 miles
Most recent distance133000 miles
Previous carVolvo 240

Summary:

A brilliant workhorse - I was unlucky with this one

Faults:

Engine seized at 110k miles. Fault appeared to be due to 'bad oil'- when engine was stripped and cleaned was found to be totally undamaged and without any signs of wear. Still, the bill was around £1500uk for the rebuild.

Petrol pump needed replaced at around 112k miles.

Headlamp wiper motor replaced at 130k miles.

New battery around 100k miles.

3 tyres replaced.

General Comments:

This car has tons of space, which is what I need most.

It is reasonably quick, but I suppose not all that economical.

It can turn on a sixpence, and is really easy to park.

For its age, quite a high degree of comfort. Great seats, loads of legroom in the back.

Comparatively simple mechanics and parts now readily available from sources other than main dealers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th January, 2003

1994 Volvo 940 Base 2.3 from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.3 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired62000 miles
Most recent distance153000 miles
Previous carVolvo 940

Summary:

The best volvo of the 90's

Faults:

The only part I have had to replace in this auto was the overdrive relay switch.

General Comments:

This car may not be quick off the start, but is the most reliable car I have ever owned.

The hardware is still excellent to this day.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th January, 2003

1994 Volvo 940 Four cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Four cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired3 miles
Most recent distance145000 miles
Previous carMazda 929

Summary:

Well worth the money paid.

Faults:

Exhaust system twice at 50,000 miles and 110,000 miles.

Front disc brake rotors failed four times. Front rotors have been a problem with Volvos for years.

Cruise control failed after 25,000 miles.

Air conditioner failed after 80,000 miles. Much too expensive to get fixed.

Light that shows outside temperature failed after one year.

General Comments:

I purchased the 1994 940 four cylinder Volvo on the premise that it would last for years. I have not been disappointed The four cylinder Volvo engine is as tough as an engine as I have ever had.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th April, 2002

1994 Volvo 940 Highlander Estate 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance128000 miles
Previous carVolvo 440

Summary:

I love it but it breaks my heart and my cheque book to fill it with petrol

Faults:

Inherent problem with rainwater seeping through the bonnet seals onto the distributor cap. New seal brought out by Volvo which cured this problem.

I've had 2 petrol sender units and 3 petrol gauges and they're still not working properly!

Interior trim suffers a bit.

General Comments:

Driven 740s and 940s for 10 years and they're safest largest cars on the road today.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th July, 2000

3rd May 2003, 02:35

Since writing this review I have sold the car and bought a scenic (!)

I just couldn't justify the fuel costs driving 100 miles everyday on the motorway was costing £60 per week!

I miss it and still look out for other 940's. I wish Volvo did something this good nowadays!

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8th Sep 2005, 17:01

You haven't quoted mpg, but the Volvo 940 isn't that heavy on fuel - I think there was something wrong with it.

21st Jan 2006, 22:53

I'm a 940 Turbo owner here I'm the US, and I think the issue over the fuel consumption isn't that its "bad" per se (about 20mpg on average, fairly typical of most cars on the market), its just bad in comparison to the 940 itself. A medium-sized car, with a small 4-cylinder, getting in the high teens to mid-twenties using high-test fuel? Full-size V8 Cadillacs get the same figures, and on regular unleaded! The fuel use is just a bit out of whack for a car of this type.

10th Mar 2006, 05:55

I've driven many Volvo's and the only one that drank petrol was the 760 and even that one was OK on the motorway. Best One I came across on economy was a 240 series... it was a rocket powered brick and surprised a few rev heads who thought they were going to beat me to the next set of lights. For the record here in Australia petrol is currently about $1.20 for 98 octane and 350km travel costs about $30 in a 240 series and maybe the same in a 940 series too. This is derived from my travels to work and always over the speed limit with fast acceleration. Should also note that these cars are extremely safe in side impact crashes.. even without air bags.

1994 Volvo 940 S 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10

Faults:

Injectors needed clean out in 1997.

General Comments:

The car has been very good with lots of space for passengers and luggage shopping etc. This model might not be pretty to look at, however, nothing comes close for presence and sheer size in estate cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th August, 1998

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 15 reviews