1994 Volvo 960 Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1994 Volvo 960 from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired163000 miles
Previous carCadillac DeVille

Summary:

This is the best vehicle I've ever owned, whether new or used

Faults:

I can't say that I've had any problems to date.

Although I did lose a small piece of chrome off the passenger side of the car, it is possible that it was taken while out shopping.

The driver seat is starting to wear slightly.

General Comments:

This is a wonderful car to drive.

My Volvo is very responsive and handles bumpy roads as well as smooth roads with know problem.

I don't particularly like the dark dash being combined with a tan interior.

Overall the Volvo 960 model is an excellent choice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th May, 2004

1994 Volvo 960 S 2.5 24v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5 24v Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles
Previous carVolvo 760

Summary:

Extremely comfortable cruiser with enough performance to surprise other drivers!

Faults:

There was an annoying electrical fault on the gearbox that kept making the car go into 'Winter' mode when first driving away on a cold morning.

I had many niggling problems with interior trim breaking and falling off.

But worst of all was the fact that some of the cogs in my rear differential literally snapped off when pulling away at speed one day. This was seriously expensive to repair.

General Comments:

This car was fantastic. I was very sorry to see it go, but it was costing me a fortune in fuel and repair bills.

I would warn anyone against getting a 960 with very high miles. When they start to go wrong, you will be looking at BIG repair bills. In the last 18 months I have spent over 50% of the car's current value in repair bills - and that was not even at a main dealer.

However, in the car's defense, it has been a wonderful car to drive and looks very impressive at any venue. It has a timeless classic beauty that will never fail to look anything, but luxurious.

The 960 comes into it's own in the winter. Whatever conditions are outside, you feel completely safe and cut off from the outside world. It will cruise all day at 99mph and you can go on a 200 mile journey without even thinking about the need to stop for a break.

I would recommend the 960 to anyone - as long as they, but a low mileage example and have PLENTY of money for fuel. On a very careful trip, I would be lucky to get 300 miles from a full tank.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 23rd November, 2003

14th Jun 2005, 02:18

Just did 880 miles on 2 tankfuls with a full load, ~75 mph, in mountains-hills (Utah to Oregon). The '05 Lincoln in convoy (big V8, less-laden) was struggling to keep up and I was using the cruise control... BTW, my car has 141,000 miles on the clock.

21st Jun 2005, 15:39

Just sold my 960CD 3 litre after 5 years of very comfortable motoring. This is a superb car with all of the refinements and space and what a long distance cruiser!It did a Bordeaux to Calais trip in 43/4 hours and up to 135mph on some stretches of french payage. The down side, though, was that it was thirsty and the Volvo dealer parts are expensive. I would buy another low mileage car for summers given half the chance and the wife agreeing.

28th Apr 2010, 21:45

I bought my 1994 Volvo 960 used with about 148,000 miles on it. I now have 200,000. miles on it and it is going stronger than ever. I did put a head gasket on it a few months after I purchased it, but no trouble since.

I am not sure why so many people are talking about gas... Mine averages 19 MPG, it will run about 450 miles on a tank full in highway driving. Averages about 26 MPG on trips.

1994 Volvo 960 6 cyliner from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 6 cyliner Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance76000 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

For the price, you get quite a bit of car with this model.

Faults:

Air conditioner bellows in dash went out ($600 at dealer).

The right front door speaker and speaker cover came apart. I taped the speaker in place and super-glued the cover back on. It's low-tech, but it works.

The electrical system has a short in it somewhere, which makes the radio switch off every couple of weeks. It's a minor irritation, and of course, the short never happens when I have the car at the shop.

A few of the small plastic fixtures in the interior of the car have come loose or broken off. Again, a minor irritant.

The battery had to be replaced at about 50,000 miles (50 bucks at auto parts store).

A piece of metal trim on the front passenger door fell off. It's a little unsightly, but no big deal.

General Comments:

Car is very reliable mechanically, but I have experienced several minor non-mechanical irritiations, as noted above.

The engine has plenty of power. Not sluggish at all.

The interior is very spacious and comfortable. The trunk is huge. It's a great car for road trips because you can haul a LOT of stuff.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st May, 2003

29th Feb 2004, 08:42

Each spark plug has its' own ignition coil. At 50 k ignition coils cracked and the the spark plugs misfire. All 6 were cracked. $50.00 each to replace. Water pump is leaking. It looks difficult to get to. Radiator leaking at the plastic /metal seam. (Poor design).

Control arm bushing is torn and making a loud clanking sound.

These are too many defects for 50K miles.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 9 reviews