1988 Volvo 740 User Reviews

1988 Volvo 740 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 8 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:3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars 4.9 / 5
  • Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5

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Martyn writes:
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Comfortable, affordable, reliable and fun.

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Not the car for those that want to keep their street cred (stick to your chavved-up saxo's etc lol)

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Pimp (depending On Model, Colour, Spec Etc). — 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 heated leather seats etc) as long as you can live with the Volvo badge. In terms of build quality, well they are often reffered to as "tanks" and for good reason. They can take alot more punishment than alot of other cars and have a presence on the road which makes even the bravest of drivers dart out of your way! As for performance, well mine got from 0-60............eventually! due to their size i would certainly recommend a turbo version. Handling - you would be forgiven if you thought you were at the wheel of a large boat as the ride is a little......soft :) however, once mastered it is possible to have alot of fun in one as they are rear wheel drive.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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talbott357 writes:
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Its a tank, and it keeps on running .

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None that I can think of.

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I Love It So Much, I Went Out And Bought A 1989 760 Turbo. — This is without a doubt the best car I have ever owned. I paid 50 dollars for it 3 years ago with 378,000 miles on it. It now has 440,000 miles on it and it has never, ever failed me. It gets 25 miles a gallon, hauls all my tools for my mobile auto repair business, and my kids to school every day. I have driven it from New York City all the way down to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Detelin writes:
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the most comfortable and safe

Cons

too much money

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If You Buy It Please Take Care Of It, Otherwise It Will "take Care Of You" — Best interior for the 80s and soso exterior. Not enough power. Not so expensive for gas, but too much to care for the car. This car is excellent to drive how much you want. My record - 16hours without getting out of it

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Alex writes:
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Turbo

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Victorian rules in relation to changing airbox and having an intercooler.

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740t With A 16t — It's a 740 Turbo, with a 16T off a 850R, it moves well, the stereo has been upgraded, but the rest of the car is stock, steelies on all four axle ends, with tyres fitted. Plans are to make it a very quick car while looking mostly stock.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Carsten writes:
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Spacy, never fails

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Not fuel-economic

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Good Stabile Vehicle — I like the stablilty and safe build of this car. I like the easy to do repairs and cheap spare parts. I like the very cheap repair bills ;) I like the design and the interior space, got plenty of room for 5 people and a a kidcar. I am not so happy for the fuel consumption - but this is made up by all the other advantages.

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Ch writes:
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It swallows some serious cargo

Cons

High fuel consumption

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My Volvo — Great car! Turns arond on a coin and it will just never fail the yearly ceckout at the "Swedish Caraprovement Agency". It runs safe and easy to drive, it always starts no matter what weather it is outside. It fears no cold or rain, heat or mist... not even kids!!!

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Donovan writes:
1988 Volvo 740 Turbo Review
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Volvo Tuff

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Volvo reliabilty

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Quick & Safe Volvo — 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 me to death.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Katy writes:
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nice big trunk, good gas mileage

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Acceleration could be a lot better.

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Will Get You Where You Need To Go — Typical 80's styling(front end looks similar to that of a DeLorean), still runs well.

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1992 Volvo 740 Reviews

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1991 Volvo 740 Reviews

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1990 Volvo 740 Reviews

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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

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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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1987 Volvo 740 Reviews

Reliable Daily Driver By Cari

We bought this car 2 years a go, just because the price was to good to pass up. I am driving it daily to work, it seems very sluggish on start up,and runs a little rough. It only has 136,000 miles on... Read More

87 740 Turbo Gle By Corie

I don't like the fact that there is not room in the engine compartment to fix it. It's always breaking down on me and I never have the time or money to keep fixing it. A couple things I like about it ... Read More

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