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1989 Volvo 740 GL Review
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A Very Reliable Car And A Pleasure To Drive — 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 might have been more fun.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: I liked the colour of the car which was silver. It was very spacious inside and had a decent size boot for a saloon car.

Cons: The headliner was a bit torn which was a shame because the rest of the interior was in good nick.

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1989 Volvo 740 GL Review
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Car Of The Year, All Years. — 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 driving anything else. I will die before this tank. And when that happens, it's going in the Volvo museum in Sweden. I know what you're thinking, I'm using extreme hyperbole. But honestly, hyperbole doesn't exist when it comes to my baby. Think of the best thing you can possibly comprehend- it will never begin to compare to this golden marvel of god-like engineering.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Yes

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1989 Volvo 740 Review
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Best — I love my car. It is very safe, it has supreme handling and fuel economy is remarkable for the age of the vehicle. I would recommend my car to anyone looking for a very safe family car. It's the best!

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

Pros: Name, it has it.

Cons: There are no cons to my car.

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1989 Volvo 740 Review
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Get One! — I wish it had more power. But, at 300,000 miles, it has been a good car, and I can't complain. It is easy to work on, and doesn't cost an arm and a a leg to replace the parts that do break. It is fun to drive, because of being rear wheel drive.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: The looks and the longevity

Cons: Not a lot of power...111HP in 1989...probably 100 today.

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1989 Volvo 740 Review
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A Great Car To Learn The Basics Of Engines, Very Simple Set-up Under The Hood. — The best looking 740 ever released in my opinion, I always got complimented on how shiny it was. The b230f motor was tough, would've been nice with a turbo because it was a small engine for a (almost) 2 tonne car. It developed an annoying shake/vibration prior to selling it, it was very irritating.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Safe and reliable, you feel like a king driving it.

Cons: It's slow.

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1989 Volvo 740 Gl Wagon — This car is my first car and was given to me by my Dad who bought it new in 1989. I love the car and I glad to be the only kid at my school who has one. It has almost 240,000 miles on it and is still going! Performance wise however, this car is just not very fast. It admits only 114 hp and has slow acceleration. The torque ranges at around 136 lb/ft at 3600 rpm and is the only performance spec I am semi-content with. If you want a faster 740, go with the 740 turbo. This car is built like a tank, no question. It has only needed few repairs for normal things like new brakes. 240000 miles shows this car just won't die. I don't care what others think, I love the styling of this car. Sure, its a brick, but its boxy styling is so simple yet original. This car has alright gas mileage with 21 street, 27 highway. It doesn't really require much maintenance at all, just oil changes. Is the car fun? Well to drive fast, not really. To cruise with the windows down, definitely.

Pros: Excellent turning radius(RWD), seat warmers, large trunk, lights turn off when car does, car lasts forever

Cons: Very low horsepower, flimsy door panels(break easily), brakes ware easily

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Sturdy — Squeeks and Rattles Sometimes. Cant get the stereo Wired in Properly. but it has one hell of a boost when you whack down the accelerator. Bargain for 200 quid on a twenty year old car thats still looks relatively good on the outside!!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Big!

Cons: Very Costy on fuel

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Good, Solid, Safe Vehicle. — 1989 740 DL wagon - bought used with 189,000 miles. Had been fairly well maintained by previous 2 owners. Drove 600 miles home in a blizzard, no problems. It's aa heavy vehicle (they don't talk about "Swedish steel" fo nothing) but feels very safe and solid. Tracks well, has acceptable acceleration for a 4-cylinder witj a ton and a half of body. Four-wheel disk brakes are great, especially in a 20-year-old car. The car is easy to work on, and parts are still available. Have had to replace headliner, and repair overdrive in the auto transmission. The "brick" appearance still looks a little dated, but is approaching classic status now. Am averaging about 20 MPG in combined suburban driving.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Fairly economical, a fun daily driver

Cons: 20-year-old plastic trim pieces get brittle

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1989 Volvo 740 Review
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Love — We installed sway bars to our Turbo wagon and it corners like a sports car! We live in Minnesota and no signs of rust yet. I totally enjoy the comfort of driving thi car even if it's as old as it is. I want another one!!!

Pros: Quality

Cons: none

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1989 Volvo 740 Review
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My "new" Car. — Manual Transmission, with a button 5th gear. 4 banger engine that runs like a V8. Gets about 30 mpg. Exterior looks great, interior needs some work. Fun to drive. No discernible squeaks to be heard. No rattles. Only problem I've had is the heater broke, which takes about 5 mins. to fix.

Pros: 274000 miles on ot, still runs like new.

Cons: Heater broke.

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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

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

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

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

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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