1994 Volvo 940 Consumer Review: Tractor motor, truck tranny, s

1994 Volvo 940 - Consumer Review

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Level I Wagon (2.3L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)

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Tractor motor, truck tranny, scan design interior and plane jane exterior
By drjjjj on


1994 Volvo 940 4dr Wagon


Comfy, quiet, torquey 4 banger with toyota truck transmission (yep, same one)! Very reliable when given basic maintenance, marginal if not! 1992- had SIPS side impact design that all use today, antilock, hydraulic motor mounts with motor to submerge in collision, ballistic seat belts and crumple interior! Also, limited slip rear end works well in snow! Neat car even today, $25K new back then tells ya somethin about the build quality/components! My air bag light is still off/functions 20 years later, the wagon is the size of an SUV and the 90- 92 is geared the tallest and so gets the best mileage -about 18/20 town and 24/26 highway on reg! Love the cars, had many, will get a prius next!

Best Features

Limited slip, seats, torque at avg driving rpm, build quality, safety for it's era-even today!

Worst Features

They don't make em like this now, so point is moot! Air conditioners are weak, they need to be tuned every 25K miles and mpg is marginal-could have been geared taller. Anything newer than 95, 16 valve, 6 cylinder, 5 cylinder motor, turbo problematic!1990-1995 volvo 240, 740 & 940 may just be the most reliable cars ever made and kinda hip too! The 740/940 are larger and more upscale. Picky Engineer
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By drjjjj
on 03/10/14 17:02 PM (PDT)

Two years later and bought a 2003 Grand Marquis for 16 yo as first car. Found an 03 GS (simpler than LS)with 65k little old lady owner for $4,000. Same gas mileage as 940, quieter, more reliable and safer yet. V-8, roomy and simple rear wheel drive. The 21st century 940 from Ford-check em out. Ask cops or taxi drivers-bullet proof. Got $3,000 for the 92 740 wagon with low miles and lots of work. Can't fix the speedos, headliner will sag, a little too much wrenching vs GM. The GM gets 28 mpg at 65, the 92 740-25 mpg. Our 94 940 got 22mpg at 65-too many revs. GM 1700 rpm @70. Good luck

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