1995 Volvo 940 Reviews

1995 Volvo 940 SE 2.3 turbo from Thailand

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 2.3 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired135000 kilometres
Most recent distance174000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes 280E

Summary:

The Last Real Volvo

Faults:

Power steering pump was squealing, and there was an oil leak from a camshaft seal. Both were cheap and easy to fix with new seals.

General Comments:

In my opinion, this is one of the highest quality general production cars ever built; similar to the 80's and EARLY 90's Mercedes.

It's very comfortable for me on long distance journeys. Here in Thailand it can get very hot, but the air conditioning in the Volvo 940 is powerful and reliable.

Running on petrol, it's quite expensive to run. I converted mine to LPG, and it's much cheaper and runs nice too.

The suspension was OK, but I upgraded my springs and shocks for a firmer ride that really helps on cornering, but with some slight loss of comfort.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th August, 2013

1995 Volvo 940 Base wagon 230f from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 230f Automatic
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired158000 miles
Most recent distance159600 miles
Previous carToyota Pickup

Summary:

I love this car, hope to keep it at least another 100k miles

Faults:

The steering rack went bad, most likely a seal blew due to the extreme temperature difference between California and Nebraska. I replaced it with a refurbished rack from Jorgen for $200. Pretty easy!

The instrument cluster is acting up, probably needs to be resoldered a bit, but it's fine for now.

The door panels are puckered, supposed to be common for this year. Cosmetics don't bother me too much though.

General Comments:

It's a great car, easy to work on and safe for the family. Dual air bags, side impact protection, and two tons of steel to protect your loved ones.

The rear seats fold completely flat to make a huge cargo space, about 70 cubic ft, perfect for trips to the home improvement store.

Legendary b230 motor is known for its longevity, and I believe it has the same auto tranny (aw71) as my 85 Toyota pickup, also super strong.

I wish it had less power options, but they're all working for now.

But the heated seats are unexpectedly nice for cold Nebraska winters.

Parts are fairly priced if you order online, or from other Volvo owners or junkyards.

Wheels are a little hard to find.

I'm getting about 17/27 mpg in the winter on winter tires. Hopefully it'll bump up a bit with all-season tires and summer gas. I don't mind paying for the mpg though, it beats making a monthly car payment!

On winter tires, the thing is awesome in snow. I'm using General Altimax Arctic tires now, but will switch to Green Diamonds in the future.

It starts every time, even on the coldest days.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th March, 2010

1995 Volvo 940 Wagon 2.3 turbo from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.3 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired350000 kilometres
Most recent distance456000 kilometres
Previous carPontiac 6000

Summary:

This car just won't die with nearly 275,000 miles on it

Faults:

Cat converter at 375,000 km.

Radiator hose at around 400,000 km.

Muffler at 425,000 km.

Cat at 455,000 km.

Brake calipers at 400,000 km - Replaced original rear calipers at the time.

Front struts at 390,000 km.

Leaking rear crankshaft bearing seal - Not fixed since only a minor leak and it would cost too much to fix.

Broken exhaust manifold bolt - exhaust leak. On my to-do list.

Burnt-out driver seat connector that fried the driver seat motors - Caused by salt corrosion inside the connector at 400,000 km.

Windshield replaced at 380,000 km on account of pitting.

General Comments:

I bought this car from my brother who owned it from new. It is a dirty job car I use to haul stuff and take the dogs out for a walk in the country. It was purchased as a secondary car, but our other one had too much structural rust underneath and was scrapped. The Volvo has been serving as our only car for the last year.

I love the turbo. This car has strong acceleration and is a pleasure to drive. One amazing thing about this car is the tight turning radius made possible by rear drive, no drive axles in the front to limit the angle of the front wheels.

I expect it to last well past 500,000 km. (300,000 miles).

It has reached the point where it has no real market value on account of the age and mileage, but it just won't die. So I'll just keep it going until it becomes an antique and some collector offers me thousands of dollars for it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th September, 2009

4th Feb 2010, 17:27

Since original post, I've replaced the turbo at 460,000 km, had the exhaust manifold welded because a bolt broke off and there was a crack in it. Exhaust fumes were entering the cabin. I also did the timing belt and the water pump.

At 466,000 the car wouldn't start anymore. The fuel pressure regulator was replaced.

It now has nearly 467,000 km. I figure I'll hit half a million in about a year.

16th Oct 2011, 20:26

This car has passed on to the next owner at 494K km.

I owned it for 7 years.

The latest problem was a leaking coolant hose for the oil cooler. I didn't want to fix it, and my mechanic's apprentice bought the car. He fixed at his cost for $300, which would have probably been $1000 for me with labour.

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 9 reviews