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1990 Volvo 740 GL WagonReview
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The Not So Lean Swedish Pizza Delivering Machine. —

I got this car as a car to deliver pizzas with, and it is excellent in that regard. It needed many repairs when i got it (brakes, tie rods, ball joints, radiator) but now that most of all of that is taken care of, the car is a joy to ride. It handles much better than most cars of similar size that I've driven, and braking is good, but the Volvo 2.3 liter 4 cylinder engine is a bit asthmatic. While I haven't done a timed run, I can assure you that it takes the better part of 10 seconds to get to 60 mph. But as far as engine reliability goes, you couldn't ask for a better engine. The body is in good condition overall, with a few minor imperfections and a bit of a bang on the rear drivers side fender, but nothing that really makes it look like a pile of garbage. Mileage is decent (25 mpg after a week of delivering and 28 mpg at 70 mph on a highway trip). Parts are cheaper than other Euro cars too. Overall, it's a very cool car, as well as quite versatile, comfortable, and a great learning experience.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: over a quarter million miles and it still runs great.

Cons: lots of little things go wrong with cars this old. like electrical gremlins....i hate gremlins.

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1990 Volvo 740 GLEReview
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In The City Is A Bus... In The Open Road Is A Race Car... Always In Style ;) — This is one of the latest 740 models made, with 2.0L with 16 valves. It's identified by the front, with headlights from the 760 and the grille in squares, painted in the colour of the car. The engine is very smooth and excelent to the open road. In intense traffic is not so nice to drive. It has a 4 gear drive with overdrive, which is not more than an higher 5th gear, nice to economic long drives. It's design is unique and very special. But inside, the seats are literally like a sofa in the living room, with lack of support... unless you're a Sumo Wrestler!!! My own was moved with LPG/GPL and consumed about 14 liter each 100km. Although it's a big and heavy car, it's one of most secure cars I drove, EVER... this version is dynamic, has excelent brakes and what you tell it to do, IT DOES!!!

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Security; Unique design; Engine; Comfort

Cons: Driving in traffic; Seats like a big daddy sofa; Economy

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1990 Volvo 740 GLEReview
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Caution Never Buy Anything Volvo — well you get what you pay for, i bought the car cheap and man i got ripped off. it looked like a daily driver when i got it but it lead to nothing but headaches, it has a 4 speed tranny that wouldn't shift into third gear, after i fixed that I've had many electrical problems and i have had lots of tickets because of it. I'm scared to death every time i go on a highway or interstate because it has no acceleration in the world, heat and air don't work and neither does the cruise or sunroof, drivers door doesn't even lock, don't even know how many miles it has cause when i got it the odometer said 1003,000 miles and Ive had it for over a year and probably put at least 17,000 miles on it and it says Ive only traveled 250 miles. the list keeps on going about negatives

Pros: it drives about 35% of the time

Cons: everything about the car

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1990 Volvo 740 GLEReview
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Trustworthy Car That You Can Drive Forever. — For 1990, the GLE came with a strong 16 valve 2.3 liter engine. It makes 160HP vs 114 in the 8 valve engine. This car is very solid. It has the best seat and visionary angle over any other car. Trust me. You see everything once you look over your shoulder. I like that it had black bumper since bumper scratch would not be a concern. My car had heated seats with lumbar support. It also had the rare Alpine CD cassette unit. Acceleration is good enough at 0-60 in 9 seconds. It can outrun a 1990 525iA.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Good old boxy car

Cons: No one wants to be your friend

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1990 Volvo 740 TurboReview
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Volvo (at Least The Older One's) Forever. — Suspension too soft, dont have the money for aftermarket parts yet. Ease of maintenance has still yet to be matched/superceded, except for my friends Benz 240 diesel! 286,000 miles and still can break the back tires loose at 30mph dry! (I'm runnng 3 times the stock boost) Build quality/durability is outstanding! picked this sucker up for $400 6 years ago and figure I'll still have it for at least another 2 for sure!

Pros: Solid, very low maintenance, decent MPG and kind of a sleeper!

Cons: Its a bigger car, and rear-wheel drive, not so much of a chicks car as everyone thinks!

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1990 Volvo 740 TurboReview
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For A 20y Ear Old Car It Is Not Outdated And Hard To Beat ! Good Ones Are Just $3,000! — This car makes me scratch me head. 20 years old yet everything works and it has heated leather seats, abs, air bags, 16-inch wheels and tires, and a power moonroof. It is still solid and delivers good performance and around 20mpg. The performance is quite spirited for a 4-cylinder and it handles well. Some of the interior plastic has become brittle but the body and seats are holding up incredibly well.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Good performance and economy

Cons: dash cracks

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1990 Volvo 740 GLE WagonReview
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Volvo 740 Gle 5 Door 2.3 — 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 Miles PER GALLON the build of this car is amazing very clean underside very relaxing to drive its not the best car to look at but it does start first time great for 23 year old car

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: The Ride & reliability

Cons: Trying to find some Parts for repairs

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1990 Volvo 740 GLEReview
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I Love This Car — 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 diagnostic port under the hood, the light flashes in a sequence that you can translate easy enough.

Pros: Great turning radius, comfortable ride, self diagnostic module under hood.

Cons: Getting old, some body parts and engine parts are becoming hard to find.

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1990 Volvo 740 TurboReview
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Volvo 740 Tic — 300hk+ Volvo R-Rims, M90 gearbox fron Volvo 940, Bmw M5 clutch, Bilstein Suspension, Slitzed brakes from brembo in front, Volvo V70 brakes back, Racing Sparkplugs, The fun factor is amazing, Its understeer a bit but thats just fun. The interior is orgiginal.

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

Pros: Alot of bhp, Fun to drive, Nice color

Cons: Ketchup bhps,

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1990 Volvo 740 Turbo WagonReview
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I Love This Car! — I love the boxy shape to the car, the responsiveness of the handling and throttle. Its lacking on power even with the turbocharger but it does the job. The interior is super comfortable and the design of the entire vehicle is awesome.

Pros: It's quick for it's size and super comfortable.

Cons: LOW! MPGs

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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

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

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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