1996 Volvo 940 Reviews

1996 Volvo 940 GLE HPT Turbo 2.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.3 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 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)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired115000 miles
Most recent distance123000 miles
Previous carRenault Scenic

Summary:

Nothing to match it

Faults:

Absolutely nothing apart from a couple of bulbs.

Speedo sticks occasionally, but a sharp tap close to the needle always makes it see sense!

General Comments:

This is my third Volvo. I've had a 240 GLE and and 940 GLE Turbo previously. Main reason for buying is the ease of being able to service it without needing an "ology" to open the bonnet. What I save on servicing costs makes the car a dream to own.

These cars are seriously good value for money, handle like they are on rails, and for the money, there's nothing to touch them.

Comment from our local dealer (not the selling dealer).

"Look after it, and it will last you for ever" "These were the best model Volvo ever produced". I'd buy it off you today, and have it sold by lunchtime!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd September, 2009

1996 Volvo 940 TD SE 2.4 TD from UK and Ireland

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
Engine and transmission 2.4 TD Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Most recent distance358097 miles
Previous carLand Rover Series 3

Summary:

Fantastic - buy one

Faults:

Oil leak from oil sensor at 357,000 miles and major oil leak from c/s. Both repaired at home for pence.

Apart from that she's as good as the day we bought her.

General Comments:

Excellent. Highly recommend buying one.

Surprisingly easy to handle despite size.

Surprisingly fast despite size!

The most comfortable car to drive I have ever had the pleasure of driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th March, 2006

1996 Volvo 940 Polar Estate 2.3i turbo LPT from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.3i turbo LPT Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired88000 kilometres
Most recent distance157000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 740

Summary:

Build to Last

Faults:

Temperature Sensor Bosch injection system failed.

Had to replace plastic topped aluminum radiator, which is a problem with most modern cars nowadays.

General Comments:

This is the last of the real Volvo's. The build quality is superb and reliability is very good. All the (small) infancy problems of the 700-series and earlier 900's have disappeared. In a recent safety rating report by the Monash University in Melbourne the Volvo 900 series scored among the very best. You certainly feel very very safe in this car. The brakes are fantastic (ABS) and everything feels solid and durable. The seats are very comfortable and firm. Fuel economy is not great in and around town, because this solid wagon weighs 1500 kg, but out on the open road you can manage 10 lt/100km if you keep your right foot under control. Legroom for rear passengers is generous and there's heaps of space in this wagon. I have talked to other 940 owners with high mileage (over 300.000 k's) cars and the key seems to be regular maintenance. I have the same experience. Maintain this car and it will serve you for a very long time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th December, 2004

1996 Volvo 940 CD 2.3 High Pressure turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.3 High Pressure turbo Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired81000 miles
Most recent distance91000 miles
Previous carVolvo 850

Summary:

Expensive to fuel, ultra reliable, ultimate estate cruiser

Faults:

Rear Window Mechanism went stiff, fixed with silicon spray.

General Comments:

This is the High Pressure Turbo with Auto Gear Box, does the business, but does not deliver stunning acceleration especially from stationary. Handling is a little soft.

Leather seats are comfy for 3-4 hour journeys, but you slide sideways on bends.

Cruise control with Auto box is magic. Auto box is excellent gear shifts seem to be computer controlled for economy or acceleration depending on how heavy footed you are.

Tires are only 205, for such a heavy car 225 to 240 would be better.

Although mine is one of the latest it has very poor quality door trim, around the pop up locks the vinyl has been stretched to reveal hard board underneath.

Interior is a bit dated better to go for the V90 with updated dash.

Fuel consumption is heavy £50.00 to fill up which lasts around 300 miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd October, 2002

1996 Volvo 940 2.4 turbo diesel from Belgium

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.4 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance226000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

Safe, durable, and great value for money. Buy it as a 'Volvo Selected Used Car'

Faults:

Right side rear suspension damper gave way. In fact I didn't even notice the damper had worn out. The dealer told me it was leaking some oil and had to be replaced. He did so under warranty, without the slightest discussion. (BTW, great dealer: Van Kasteren, Sint Niklaas, Belgium)

General Comments:

Very spacious, safe and reliable car. Doing 37.000 km per year I haven't experienced any significant problems.

The seats are marvellous. I have a nice history of back problems for over ten years, but my 940's incredibly good seats (they're even heated!) don't cause any problems (Not even on a one-night drive to southern France).

If you drive somewhat carefully, 8 liters per 100 km will do.

And for those silly car magazine journalists who like to poke fun of my 940's 'aged' rear axle: it does everything I could do with my Golf III, but feels a lot safer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th February, 2002

1996 Volvo 940 SE Turbo 2.3iT from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.3iT Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired79888 miles
Most recent distance82000 miles
Previous carVolvo 340 1.7 GL

Summary:

Great value for money :)

Faults:

Not had a problem yet. It had been maintained very well before I bought it. And is still running smoothly. I hope this will continue into the 100,000 mark. Given the rate it is going, I think it will do this very easily.

General Comments:

This car I personally think was the last of the true Volvos. And under the bonnet the engine is a mighty powerhouse at 190BHP and a 0-60 MPH in 8.7 secs.

It has great performance with the low suspension and the 2.3L HPT Turbo engine, that had been developed by Volvo through the years.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th January, 2001

Average review marks: 8.7 / 10, based on 6 reviews