I bought this car with 199,000 miles on it in July 2004 and only recently sold it to a friend with 216,000 miles on it. I love the fact that she was built for highway cruising. I thought it was bizzare that she gave 16 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. But I never felt the stress of driving on 8-10 hour trips. She has been utterly reliable, and the only thing I did for her during her 2.5 years with me was change the rotors and pads, and get the alternator fixed. (Both of these are maintenance items that need repair/replacement every 6-7 yrs when well maintained.) Her original automatic trans was rock solid. Everything worked as it should.
Pretty much everything on this was good. Decent looking, utterly safe, utterly reliable, comfortable. Little things are taken care of: lights on doors that swing open, central locking locks the trunk, etc. Also very nice: roomy hood compartment, very easy to work on. Even better to learn on.
None really. The only weak points on volvos are usually cosmetic: the eco-friendly glues that hold up the headliner typically goes bad and falls after its 10 yrs old. Thats fixed now.
I drove this car for 15 years and put 245,000 miles on it. It was still going strong, but I succumbed to a red Audi convertible. I had a bit of front end work (rack), and other general work done, but the engine, body, and upholstery (leather) were still fine. My new car is great, but I doubt it will be as fine a car in general as my "trusty" Volvo. I probably could have gotten another five years out of it. Too late now. (1991 740)
Needed a better pick up - maybe more horsepower for such a heavy car. Used the plain, reliable Volvo four cylinder engine.
I was given this car in 2002 when it died on the side of a rural GA highway. Turns out the ground wire to the main fuel pump had a bad terminal connection. After about 30 minutes and 10 cents invested, I had a smooth running little Volvo. This car became my wife's (girlfriend at the time) college commuter car. Now it's my daily driver. I love this car. I can take V8 muscle or imports from a standing start to about 80 mph. Beyond that, the 740 is mortal. It's comfy and very safe, and a tad sexy too. My only complaints are the quirky electronics. I can't really complain though for a 15 year old car. Advice to tinkerers: if it ain't broke, leave it be. Volvos will drive you crazy.
Comfy, roomy, safe, dependable, fast! The trunk is cavernous. The moonroof is sweet. Good paint. Insanely solid chasis and suspension. Awesome factory turbo+ kit. Great brakes. Quiet. Solid tranny. Handles like a go-kart.
Include a copy of "Psychology of the Swedish Engineer" with every used Volvo so that we practical Americans can understand these cars. The wiring is especially befuddling. I think that if you use good gas and change the oil, these old 740's will go forever. Tinker at your own peril.
Now I understand why volvo holds the world record for the most miles in history. My car has 181,000 miles on it and runs like new.Its fast comfortable and its alot of fun beating sports cars with a station wagon. I bought the car because my escort died on me on short notice i needed somthing cheap that was safe for the baby reliable and didn't use too much gas.I got what i wanted and more. its also fast and fun to drive.an elderly man who collected volvos needed to clear his yard due to code violations.he was selling it for $900 i bought it for $600 sure it needs paint and seat covers its 15 yrs old but wow the car is solid as a rock.fast, economic, safe, and ,reliable I see why he loves volvos.
the turbo,the overdrive button, the huge stroller space,the silence when the door is closed.the name volvo that makes me feel safe and secure.
it's hard to say.well even though the car is 15 years old i guess stronger leather to survive the strong Miami sun would be good.
I'm Canadian, so you'll have to excuse
the metric measurements. I purchased
the car at 316000km and drove it to a
little over 400000. The only reason I
sold it was that I was moving and my
fiancee and I didn't need 2 cars. Even
with high miles, these cars have great
bodies and perform amazingly. I'd buy
another in a second.
Heated seats and that peppy turbo.
Those seats are godly in the winter. I
don't care what people say about turbo
lag. When you feel it kick in and throw
the car forward, the adrenaline pumps.
Put more intermittent wiper settings.
That's really all I can think of. I was
super impressed with all the interior
and exterior features. They are also
pretty easy to work on under the hood.