1992 Volvo 960 Estate 2.9L petrol from Australia and New Zealand
Magnificent, charming, timeless, solid, reliable
Transmission electronics @ 250000.
Air conditioning compressor @ 250000.
Minor front suspension (some sort of bush or something, can't remember) @ 235000.
Driver's leather seat is pretty badly worn.
Steering has inconsistent weight when turning left in wider faster sweeping corners.
Interior bits and pieces, particularly doors, are starting to break.
Amazing car! Has been incredibly reliable. The twin cam 24 valve straight six is a waste in a family wagon. It spins beautifully and smoothly. Handling is predictable and inherently well balanced, with a natural tendency toward understeer. Not much feedback through the controls, so when the back does slide, it can be tricky to catch. Clearly, no sports car, but enjoyable enough for a spirited drive in the Adelaide hills now and then. Ride is rather crashy; lets most road imperfections through, though not uncomfortable.
Heavy on fuel, but we don't care as the car is fantastic and we don't do many km.
Plenty of room for our family of five and related crap. Seven seat feature is a Godsend. With the seats folded flat, an amazing amount of room is available.
Just about everything electric (cruise control, sunroof, sound system) no longer works (after 265000) and the interior is now looking rather tatty, but that happens with three brutal little kids and regular use. It's a 21 year old car!
Drivetrain hardware still going strong at 285000. Had to spend about $1250 on fixing circuitry in the instrument panel that was sending a faulty signal to the transmission computer. Amazing Volvo mechanic in Marion SA.
Engine's using a bit of oil now, but amazing longevity from a beautiful engine with alloy block and head, with very negligible servicing.
This is a marvelous car, that I will be sad to let go of. It's been solid, reliable. A timeless Scandinavian beauty. Massive old Volvo fan!
Old Volvos never die... they just get passed on.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th March, 2013