I bought this car with over 130,000 miles on it, and seemed like a great deal: no rust, interior immaculate, engine bay spotless, and low miles for a volvo, especially a wagon. It's been a great car, fun to drive when you get into the turbo's powerband, and I feel safe in it, and I can haul all my friends and our stuff but only when it isn't in the shop. I, unfortunately, bought something of a lemon, with electrical issues all engine related, and am on my third mass air flow sensor/air mass meter since I got the car (yay for parts warranties!) She's reliable, when she wants to be. She burns a little oil mostly due to the turbo. Overall, great. Fun, fast, and can carry everything and mor
Room! The heated seats, superb ergonomics, renowned Volvo-comfortable seats, clever features like the lockable (and not) storage compartments under the floor, and the overall clean appearance style-wise
Others suggested an oil pump for the turbo - great idea! If I could improve anything, it would be the maintanence costs: if you can't find it used & working, you have to go to a dealership, where they'll throw out 4- digit price tags for parts & labor without blinking. Gas mileage could be improved.
I have the 1987 760 wagon - same as the 1990. For being 20 years old, this car drives great. Gear change is a little rough, gas mileage could be better, and some small electronics need to be replaced, but in all honesty none of that matters. It's possibly one of the safest cars ever built - even without airbags, the paint is literally impossible to rust off, it has almost 200,000 miles, yet still goes 0-60 in 8 seconds thanks to the turbo - which is awesome. The seats are super comfortable, and has all the conveniences of a modern car - power everything, heated everything, awesome stereo for being only 4 speakers - i could go on. if you get a chance to buy a 700 series volvo - do it.
heated/power mirrors, power windows and moonroof, huge cargo space, super sturdy, easy to work on, the paint is amazing, stereo has an equalizer, turbo engine, easy to park for its size, brakes are excellent, turns on a dime, very reliable.
gas mileage is bad, gear changes are rough, the ride is rather bumpy & noisy, steering is odd (sometimes it's loose, sometimes it's responsive) parts can be expensive if forced to buy new, noisy when idling/ going under 10 MPH.
I found it at an auto auction and nobody would bid on it because the interior had been trashed by the former ski bum owners. Mechanically the car was taken good care of but the interior suffered greatly. After a good cleaning and a pair of $50.00 wrecking yard leather seats the car is great. It has 219,000 miles on it and runs and drives perfectly. The turbo was replaced by the previous owners along with several other items. It's a very good solid car that is very comfortable to drive. The performance of this 4 cyl. engine is amazing for such a heavy car. This car is worth putting money into because I know it will last me for quite some time and still retain it's value.
Exterior styling,this is a great looking wagon. The turbo, greatly adds to the performance of the car. All the safety features such as abs and air bag.
Like others have said, some way to circulate oil through the turbo after parking the car for at least 5 minutes to prolong the life of the turbo. I think the car was designed to be durable,dependable and safe and really doesn't need any improvements.
I'm the second owner of my "Goldie" but
I bought it with only 14K miles on it.
I've run it to the ground, now having
188,680 miles on it today. I've
replaced the turbo, (another reviewer
said about 150K and that was about
right) but the $1700 it cost me was
still better than a new car! Can fit a
full 4X8 sheet of plywood in the back,
or two dog crates + luggage. Kids love
the comfort, great on long trips. Good
solid road car with comfort plus work-
horse capability. Pockets built into
the back of the front seats are great
for kids. Someday I'll get a van, but
not till my wagon is unfixable!
Love the storage capacity of the rear.
Bought a bed liner first thing and for
all the hauling I do it was a great
investment. Seating comfortable for
eveyone in our family. Have done 3
week road trips with kids and a dog and
lived out of this car!
Air and heat compressors could be more
reliable...and they are expensive to
fix. I can use both air and heat with
the manual controls only, as the
automatic temp gauge is $600 and it
taxes the compressor so that there is
no airflow when accelerating. Not good
in the desert!