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.
Classic and simple design. Heavy, safe feel.
Reliability. This model does not seem to live up to the Volvo brand or the 200k+ driving life.
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!
Rear suspension system is comfortable but not dependable in the long run. The rear end sags after six or seven years.
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.
Very comfortable seats and accurate
climate control system make for nice
I have had several Volvo vehicles, all WAGONS. This is the first sedan I've
owned, and was pleasantly suprised. The wagons handled very predictably,
and I did not expect that from a sedan. I am impressed with the vehicle. I
bought it w/ 108K on it; I expect to run it at least another 100K before I
replace it. The turbo motor has been further refined, and the vehicle
shamelessly is heads above the newer 850 series, in performance, comfort,
and mileage. The newer 850series have a definite Audi-ish flavor, but the 940
series retains the Volvo image and feel that the manufacturer is well known
for. I prefer it to the 850's. Better pickup; response and style.
Comfort/ adjustable seats, the heated seats, excellent performance that runs
circles around 850 models, and less thirsty that the 850's also @ the pump.
Less expensive to repair than the 850's also.
On a vehicle of this calibre, it is a shame that Volvo did not see fit to equip it
with a top-shelf sound system. We're not talking about an inexpensive car
here, and an upgraded system really should have been standard on a
flagship vehicle like this...