1986 Volvo 740 User Reviews

1986 Volvo 740 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 10 reviews

  • Performance:3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars 3.1 / 5
  • Appearance:2.4 out of 5 stars2.4 out of 5 stars2.4 out of 5 stars2.4 out of 5 stars2.4 out of 5 stars 2.4 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Overall: 4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5

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"ride" 3 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"comfortable car" 2 reviews
"handling" 2 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 2 reviews

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Kent writes:
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Reliability and dependability...but with style.

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Repairs can be pricey.

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Volvo Ist Goot. Ya. — This was the first car that my wife and I owned as a married couple. She drove it most of the time, but I did my fair share of time behind the wheel. Having already owned a Volve 242 prior to owning this car, I was already sold on Volvo reliability, dependability, and no-nonsense engineering. Of course, the 740 had all of those things, but then added something more...luxury. But it was luxury Scandanavian style. In other words, the 242 was kinda like an Ikea store. Everything in it was quite simple, functional, and overall a pretty good deal for the money. If perhaps a little spartan. But the 740 was more like a Scan Design store. It still communicated a functional simplicity, but in a way that pampered its occupants instead of just sustaining them. It had incredibly comfortable heated leather seats. Instead of the hard plastic found in the 242, the dash of the 740 was covered in a softer but no less durable stuff that upped the overall ambiance. And although it looks somewhat dated today, the overall shape of the car was downright modern in the early 1980's and, in my opinion, made similar offerings from BMW and Mercedes look downright flabby. The design was taut and angular, just like a proper Scandanavian machine should be. The interior was very roomy and comfortable, and the controls and dash were laid out logically and without pretense. The ride was not sporting, but nor was it mushy...just right for a European saloon. Interior noise was minimal, even at highway speeds, despite all the angles. After several years, we ended up giving the car to my wife's grandmother, when it had over 230,000 miles on it. And the car was just as solid as it was when we bought it--no creaks or rattles. That was over ten years ago, and the car is still going strong. The 740 Series allowed Volvo to take their reputation for quality and safety upmarket and eventually became the go-to marque for well-heeled, sophisticated folks who appreciated European quality and style, but wanted none of the pretentious excess found in Mercedes or Jaguar. Sadly, during the time that Volvo walked under parent Ford's umbrella, Volvos seem to have lost their 'Volvo-ness'. Quality has suffered, although it seems to have improved recently, and the cars have crossed the line from simple-chic to just plain bland in many consumers' minds. Pity. I hope that once Ford finds a buyer for Volvo, that those folks in Gothenburg can rediscover their Volvo-ness.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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destuck writes:
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5

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Great handling and brakes. Very comfortable and roomy. Good fuel economy.

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Too little power for the weight

destuck
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Durable Workhorse — I bought my 740GLE brand new in late 1985. At the time of writing it has 449,000 miles on the original engine and original transmission and drivetrain. Over the years it has averaged about 26-27 mpg everyday driving and 31 freeway. I fitted front and rear stabilizer bars, a chassis brace and stiffer shocks. It handles like a race car even though it doesn't accelerate like one. The seats are still as comfortable today as when new. The engine is still smooth and quiet and frankly I don't think any manufacturer will make a car like this again. It is simply unbelievable. I will be very sorry to part with it one day.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Ståle writes:
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Engine performance. Lots of fun drifting on snow&ice...

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Rusty, but what can you expect of a 20year old car that has more than 500K kilometers.......

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Volvo 740 Tic — Bought this 20 year car with more than 500.000km on it really cheap. A rusty old car, but it was fun driving on snow with the turbocyharged 170HP engine, RWD and manual transmission. I sold it after a short while as i had too many cars....... Recommended for lots of fun at a low cost!

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Dean writes:
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Cheap, Fast, Low Maintenance

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Crap Gas Milage, Could Look Better

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Volvo 740 Turbo Sedan — It's a great car considering how old it is. Consequently I need to replace the shocks and springs. It's a turbo so acceleration off the line it's a little slow, but once it gets past 2500 rpm it's gone. Braking and handling would be improved with the suspension upgrade and some wider stickier tires. It's a volvo so it's a solid car nothing wrong with it for 250000 miles. The paint is ok it is original so it's a little less white and chipped. It's a turbobrick so it's not the best looking car ever but it makes up for it in performance. For the way I drive it gets horrible milage about 15 mpg, but you dont have to put any other money into it except for regular maintenance. It is a fun car to drive especially in the rain and I would recomend this car to anyone who wants a cheap fast car.

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Jens Ulrik writes:
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Reliable Engine — Great seats, turning circle and visibility. rust will kill it some day. Reliable engine and starting in all weather.

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Daniel writes:
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power, comfort

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fuel economy

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Swedish Express — great car, very very comfortable, good looks, very powerfull engine.. when the turbo kicks in, you get an extreme acceleration and you get to see the turbo gadge niddle to climb... it's a excellent car and I loved to drive it again

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King writes:
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Great mileage.

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Size and parts availablity.

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1986 Volvo — This little car was bought in a non- running condition. We put the car running in less than one day. We have not since had to make any more repairs to this vehicle. The car has proved out to be quite a good value.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Anthony writes:
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Fun, practical, takes a beating

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Ugly, soft suspension

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Fun And Practical — The turbo gave it OK power, but the handling and brakes could be beefed up. But then again, its a wagon, so the performance it had was pretty good.

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Rune writes:
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will go arouund the world many times.

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old car

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Nice Car With Little Problems. — old car . big space . use alot of go go juice,hell of a big sterio system. lots and lots of costom made stuff exterior and interior and engine alot of ohurs on this car. had it for many years ago.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Arto writes:
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These will not die.

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Don't run at the moment.

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740 Tic Ps — This is black/white model of 740 TIC aka. Police Special. Right now it's under construction, but hopefully first test runs will be accomplished by the end of April 2009. Apart from standard 740 TIC, few enhancements have been made: New guidance chip is installed in fuel injection system and air filter replaced.

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Reviews From Other Years

1992 Volvo 740 Reviews

Old Reliable By chrisball

great car for family has plenty of leg room in front and rear seats also plenty of cargo room as it is a wagon and also has cargo rack on top fuel economy even though its a 1992 the fuel range is abo... Read More

Swedish Made Tank By Timo

Loyal servant. Easy and cheap to maintain. From 1990 bodies are galvanized so it's fairly rust free. Fairly safe and fuel economy is decent when considering it's engine size and overall weight. Mine h... Read More

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1991 Volvo 740 Reviews

My 91 Volvo 740 Sedan By Addison

It is an awesome first car. Feels solid and sturdy on the road. Around 25 miles per gallon on gas/petrol. fun in the snow, love the real-wheel drive. Electronics are a bit iffy. I have a dim headlight... Read More

The Car For Anyone That Wants To Tank An Escalade And Turn Tighter Than A Lotus. (at 5mph.) By James

The Mighty Glacier - it's slow and accelerates like a bad Jeremy Clarkson analogy, but sweet God is it sturdy. This thing took out a massive quad-cab super duty pickup truck and only lost a turn signa... Read More

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1990 Volvo 740 Reviews

Volvo 740 Gle 5 Door 2.3 By Barry

My Volvo 740 5 door AUTO GLE Estate full Leather interior 2.3 engine just had an M.O.T had to repair lower ball joints for this replaced exhaust Great load carrier I am getting about 29 to 33 Mil... Read More

I Love This Car By aamcomerriam

This vehicle is a nice sedan, made when Volvo's were the best. It has over 280k on it. Fairly good fuel economy. Im trying to make it to 500k. Its nice that the average person can use the self diagnos... Read More

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1989 Volvo 740 Reviews

A Very Reliable Car And A Pleasure To Drive By Daniel

When i got the car, I had to replace the radiator but was fine when fixed. It had a noisy petrol pump which was eventually fixed. This car was very easy to drive as it was automatic, although a manual... Read More

Car Of The Year, All Years. By slats

Literally the best car anyone could ever own. Mine is almost up to 350,000 miles, still running like a beast. Engine and transmission were built to last forever. I'm currently 19, and never plan on dr... Read More

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1988 Volvo 740 Reviews

Quick & Safe Volvo By Donovan

This was my first car, and I loved it! A Turbo that you could feel and hear that was fitted to a "TANK"! It took to much work to keep it running. Always in the shop. Loved it, but it nickled and dimed... Read More

Pimp (depending On Model, Colour, Spec Etc). By Martyn

Although they have the reputation of being driven by people that qualify to own a free bus pass, the volvo 740 is actually quite a good car. It's an affordable way of owning a lot of luxury (mine had ... Read More

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