8th Oct 2010, 18:51
Original author of review. Just used car on a holiday of 6000kms, which included severe dirt roads in Northern Territory and W Australia. Despite being overloaded 3 spare tires, 60 liters extra fuel and extra water for emergencies plus all luggage, the car handled the conditions with ease. Averaged 31.5mpg fuel consumption for trip. Car did not miss a beat; very predictable, even on severe dirt and corrugations. On one section of over 1000km dirt, it was the only normal sedan seen; rest of vehicles were all 4wd.
20th Dec 2016, 10:13
The car has now done 198000 km. Still running strongly. I have had the front suspension rebuilt, new bushes and ball joints, and Bilstein heavy duty shocks back and front.
20th Dec 2016, 23:44
Sounds like a fantastic car. Not many cars of that age would cope with such a road trip with such ease. Everyone always says the 940 is an over engineered car.
21st Dec 2016, 11:39
Wow, keep us posted. Good to know you've gotten a good run with the car except for regular normal wear and tear items. I've got a 2001 BMW 316ti I bought used 6 years ago, had 65K km, now done 164K, didn't think I'd be keeping the car this long, but it's been good to me, and I love driving it. Has been very dependable except for 2 coils and the original battery that failed at 13 years old. Only biggish items done were the chain/tensioner 3 years ago, and the radiator and expansion tank last July.
11th Dec 2017, 13:16
The Volvo is still running well. Other than oil changes, no expenses. Belt noise on power steering caused by wear on power steering bracket; part no longer available; may have to have a bracket made or fix existing. The car is still used daily, 206000km.
22nd Jan 2018, 07:46
Mechanic fixed the belt alignment on the power steering, replaced rubber bushings on the alternator, new v belt on power steering. Engine is now quiet. Also replaced a rubber mount on the gearbox.
25th Feb 2018, 08:20
Overdrive relay repaired re-soldered joints. Defective relay had caused light arrow to come on in instrument panel; did not affect operation of overdrive.
14th Aug 2018, 11:34
The car had suffered from rough idling and sometimes stalling on cold mornings; diagnosed as a vacuum leak on the brake servo. Replaced with a rebuilt unit; not cheap, but good to have the car running sweetly again. Still used daily.
16th Aug 2018, 11:59
The car has done 212000 km, which is probably low for its age. It was bought as part of a deceased estate and was apparently not used much for a number of years before I bought it. I saw it in the street with a for sale sign; I was the only one interested. Some of the repairs are more age caused than by use. It is used daily for city driving, but I have used it for long trips on some very rough roads.
Thanks for your interest.
26th Jan 2019, 10:30
Original author of this review. Just returned from an overseas trip. Spent a few days in Berlin. Saw very few old cars; the only ones that appeared to be in regular use were an older Saab and two Volvo 940s. Must say something about the longevity of these cars?
26th Jan 2019, 19:02
Yes it's a recurring theme on here and other car reviews sites - Volvos and other similar cars from the 80s and 90s seems to be the sweet spot for cars, as far as durability is concerned. But it's getting harder to keep cars from that time period as regular everyday cars - let's face it, they are too old now, and unfortunately all that's about in the bargain price range is mid 2000s rubbish when things got too complex to fix.
Myself I just scrapped a 2007 Volvo S40 - it was a good car, but at 12 years and with only 140,000 miles on it when it became too uneconomical (far too many electronic faults) to repair. Compare that to my father's Volvo 850 from 1994 and his Ford Mondeo from 1995 - both were well over 20 years old and had 200,000 miles on them and were only just scrapped last year. They easily outlasted anything from the 2005 time period onwards.
My advice to anyone with an older car that is still running - keep it till it dies before you move on to a "newer better" car. I doubt you'll get 20 + years out of anything made in recent times.