1991 Volvo 940 - Consumer Reviews

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Classic car but has flaws
By tony89 on 06/23/09 18:43 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1991 Volvo 940 SE Turbo 4dr Sedan

Review

We bought a '91 940 Turbo from a family friend who took very well of his cars, and we continued the regular maintenance. It is a heavy car, which is safe but hard on gas and acceleration. It was disaster to drive when gas was $4+ a gallon. Currently there are a lot of things wrong: interior roof covering is falling apart, the odometer stopped working at 160k, the turbo is stuck on, etc. And I've been stranded 3 times in the past few months from a range of engine problems. Now the engine dies at 50+mph, apparently from a blown converter. I am selling it because it is no longer worth the money put into it. These issues are a shame, because I love the look and design of this early 90s Volvo.
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Volvo 940 SE
By David Milne on 09/23/05 19:09 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1991 Volvo 940 SE Turbo 4dr Sedan

Review

The 940 has always been a joy to drive. It holds the road extremely well. It has a great deal of power both for acceleration. It has a large passenger cabinet very well appointed. The trunk is very large and the standard Volvo trunk to passenger cabin has been extremely useful many times for transporting sailing booms, skis, lumber and other long stuff!
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Great car for low price
By ND4SPDR on 09/24/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1991 Volvo 940 Turbo 4dr Sedan

Review

This is my first car but not the only one I drive on a regular basis. The turning circle is awesome and the car starts every time. Engine is okay once the turbo spools, but fairly weak before that. Interior is comfortable but needs cup holders. While the car isn't what one might refer to as beautfiul, it doesn't look bad and keeps you from getting noticed. Handling is decent with a bit more body roll than I'd like, but it's 13 years old already. Understeer is controllable and the limited slip rear diff is really useful. Few mechanical issues even with 170k miles.
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940SE Wagon
By CGF on 07/15/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1991 Volvo 940 SE Turbo 4dr Wagon

Review

Was bought in 1998 as a salvage car. Been hit from the side, but was undamaged otherwise; Volvo repairman restored it and sold it at a great price. As it's gotten older there've been more repairs, mostly for things that have worn out. Air conditioning and tape deck no longer work and there are problems with the door-locking system. On the other hand, the int/ext still look great and it's a very solid car with 147K miles on it, and no sign of turbo problems. With regard to the turbo, we've been religious about running the engine for a bit after parking,& have serviced it regularly. Plan to keep it until it dies--repair is still less expensive than new.
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1991 945 Turbo Wagon
By Todd Kijowski on 06/11/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1991 Volvo 940 Turbo 4dr Wagon

Review

I purchased the car used knowing I was paying very little because It was in need of an engine but being a mechanic of Volvo's I saw potential in the car and now I have ONE of the coolest looking wagons that I have seen being so old. Took it to a Volvo show and took BEST in show took it to the dragstrip and it got noticed when it ran the 1/4 in 15.5 @ 89 mph not bad for a grocery getter. Although I do not feel the suspension and brakes are as good as my other Volvo 83 244 T but overal it is a good car.
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Sorry to see it go
By EAL on 03/06/04 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1991 Volvo 940 SE Turbo 4dr Wagon

Review

I bought this car 5.5 years ago - I have been rear-ended at least 3 times with NO damage to the car - bumpers are indestructable. Body is wearing great. I'm trading up ONLY because it is rear wheel drive. If I lived in a sunny clime I'd keep it! It has more space with the seats down than a Jeep. All around great car.
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Would not buy another
By jimmygee1245 on 11/14/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1991 Volvo 940 GLE 4dr Sedan

Review

Had a lot of mechanical problems.
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1991 Volvo 940SE
By vinman on 09/13/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1991 Volvo 940 SE Turbo 4dr Sedan

Review

Great second car and extremely reliable vehicle overall. Very handsome styling and the SE version is very well built with self leveling rear shock absorbers. Its a great daily driver and I would recommend one highly for anyone looking to get a family sedan. Power is good but not great, however once at highway speed its a great cruiser and accelerates well.
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GREAT car - very reliable
By Eric TG on 12/10/02 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1991 Volvo 940 Turbo 4dr Sedan

Review

This was (and is) our first Volvo purchase. we bought it used at 60,000 miles. Were worried about turbo going out at 120K, etc. We are now at 169,000 miles with almost NO problems. (the power antenna broke and the brakes need frequent replacing because of weight of car). But otherwise, incredibly reliable, comfortable. We are due for an upgrade but just can't seem to say goodbye to such a great car.
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Too bad no more RWD Volvos
By CA Gold Coast on 06/11/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1991 Volvo 940 Turbo 4dr Sedan

Review

We bought this car new and it has been excellent. Plenty of room for 5 adults for long trips. Handling is typical Volvo which means the car will go where you point it and stop when needed. We have used Mobil 1 since new, so the turbo should last. Present mileage is 115K. I do much of the work and oil changes are the easiest of any car I have ever owned. Volvo 4s are easily accessable. Interesting replacements and repairs: Sunroof stuck open ($68 at the dealer) Power stering pump Rear springs Rotors lasted about 100K. Recommend switching to 225/50/16 tires. They are cheaper than what comes on the car and give a better contact patch.
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