1995 Volvo 960 GLE 2.5 24 Valve from UK and Ireland


Volvo... probably the best cars in the world


The outside temperature is now always -188c.

Cruise control hardly ever works.

Fuel gauge only works on last few litres of fuel in tank.

Drivers seat won't go very far forward, so you need to be 5ft 10ins or more to reach the pedals.

Drivers seat belt plastic fixing is held together with an elastic band - due to some neanderthal grease monkey "fixing" the seat belt warning light some years ago.

Scuff mark on front n/s bumper, where a lamp post jumped into my path and hit the car about six years ago.

Lumbar supports packed in years ago.

Air conditioning failed (again) about 5 years ago, and I haven't bothered to have it repaired.

At low speed there are a lot of clunky noises from under the car, like something is about to fall off or disintegrate. This is easily overcome by rapid acceleration, which drowns out aforementioned noises until a speed of between 50 and 135 m.p.h is achieved - *** note it is probably wise to be in at least 2nd gear at 50 mph, and seriously considering changing up to 5th gear at 135 mph.

General Comments:

After having this car for nearly ten years, I have got to say that it owes me nothing.

I have been towing a Lynton 2.5 metre Load Runner (weighs 580kg empty) for most of this time, and my biggest gripe is when I have to emergency brake when the trailer has a 1000kg load on it.

The sequence of events goes like this: You are motoring along with a full load behind you, the car in front slams on its brakes for whatever reason. YOU HIT THE BRAKE PEDAL. The car starts to slow down rapidly, so rapidly that the trailer's brakes engage. This is relayed to the ABS system, which immediately lets go of the car's brakes, even though your foot is pressed down hard on the brake pedal. The cars brakes cut in again and the car starts to slow down again rapidly, so rapidly that the trailer's brakes engage... etc.,etc. It seems to take forever before you stop, all the while being subject to this violent jerking 2 or 3 times a second, but I am told that this is no different to doing an emergency stop in an articulated lorry.

I have yet to see a car thief nick one of these, they seem to prefer Astras and Escorts.

My car is just about to clock 150,000 miles, and I have decided to buy a V70 2.5 SE T, as I run my own business, and being seen in an old "M" reg. is not good for my image.

I shall be sorry to see her go, but hopefully we will pass each other on the streets around Leicester, as I do with my previous 740GLE, which belongs to a local taxi firm, and is still going strong (we parted when it had 136,000 on the clock in 1998, so I wouldn't like to begin to guess what mileage that has done now).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th June, 2007

15th Sep 2007, 14:43

I assume the title of your review is written with a strong dose of irony... especially given the list of woe described within!!

It is obviously still going, just, in spite of sounding like a public health hazard... should you really still have it on the road in that condition?

I have been engaged in long running debate on a couple of other Volvo reviews, stemming from my original, damning, review of my own Volvo ownership experience, the details of which I won't bore you with, but suffice to say, when I saw the title of yours as I scrolled past, I couldn't pass by...

1995 Volvo 960 CD 2.5 from UK and Ireland


Luxurious Swedish classic


In the time I have had the car only the Thermostat has failed, but it got stuck in the closed position which was pretty bad.

Just as I parked the car at my work the car got enveloped in steam emerging from under the bonnet.

A colleague, who has some mechanical knowledge, was kind enough to point out that either the Thermostat had failed or the head-gasket was gone, or both!

Opted to try out the cheapest option first (Thermostat), which luckily fixed the problem, and car was running fine again.

Faults with the car now:

Heated drivers seat doesn't work.

Air-con doesn't blow cold (probably just need refill)

Heating in drivers side mirror doesn't work.

General Comments:

The Volvo has a very comfortable ride, and sound insulation is pretty good too.

The engine is an absolute gem. It has good grunt from very low revs, and has a nicely aggressive tone when revving it high.

Brakes seem adequate without impressing. I think they will fade if driven hard.

Fuel economy is poor. I get around 400mi from a tank of petrol of about 70liters, which is about half of what my old Corolla 1.6 would manage.

It is the perfect car for people who wants to travel in comfort, but are on a budget.

Today You can pick one up for around £2000 pounds in good condition.

It also comes as an 3.0 automatic.

The 2.5 version I have, has 170BHP, and the 3.0's got 204BHP.

I should have chosen a 3.0, as they are only slightly worse on petrol, but considerably more powerful.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th October, 2006

27th Jul 2007, 01:40

Air-con re-fill rarely works. All seals and units need to be checked. Also, moisture probably in by now so see to that as well. It won't be cheap.