My friend was given--GIVEN!!-- a mint condition 86 Volvo 740 Turbo!

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  1. The Green Bastard

    The Green Bastard Click click click bang

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    By his landlord! He couldn't get the car to work, and just gave it to him.
    All it needed was some sensor near the distributor, and viola!!! Perfect working free car!
    It's got 380,000 km on it, but the engine only has 157,000 km on it.
    The car is in perfect shape though!
    5-speed, power everything, moonroof.
     
  2. Jim311

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    Old Volvos = insanely expensive to repair, and rediculously unreliable.
     
  3. The Green Bastard

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    His dad's on his 5th volvo, everything from a 240 DL to a V70. No real major problems.
    But if something fails----fuck, the car was free! No payments!
     
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    True. But it might prove to be a huge pain in the ass in the long run. A good friend of my family owned a bunch of Volvos and hated all of them. But they had a brother who was a Volvo mechanic which basically kept their loyalty. Nothing but mechanical problems for them.
     
  5. FluffNugget

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    thats awesome

    And i'd keep it
     
  6. The Green Bastard

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    He can pretty much fix anything---mechanic wise, auto-body wise, electrically, electronically.
    So I think he's gonna be OK with this one.
     
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    Plus--he's been reading up, and I guess a 302 Ford will fit nicely in the engine bay with little to no modifications!
     
  8. L7

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    If it's not working, how is it mint?
     
  9. Madness

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    i'd keep it and just pay liability only.. it would make a nice beater..
     
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    The worst part about Volvos is that all the parts are really expensive.
     
  11. FrigginAnT

    FrigginAnT Humanity is like a train wreck....its fun to watch

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    FIXED!
     
  12. Yail Bloor

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    very durable cars, but not the most reliable

    my family had like 20 different volvo's (including an '87 740 turbo) when I was growing up
     
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    It is working. He replaced a cheap sensor near the distributor and it fired right up.
    Reading comprehension owns you.
    :squint:
     
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    It's got that funky 4-speed manual with the electric overdrive....how the fuck does that work?!
     
  15. RobsMob

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    :nono: I have an 85 740GLE that rarely gives me problems. Before that I had an 85 240 DL wagon with 200k+ miles that required little repair work. My sister's 87 240 sedan is the same way. They always pass emissions and require the typical maintenance. We had 2 other before the ones I mentioned. Mine is the one with the least amount of miles @ 170k
     
  16. skez

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    um, volvo's are fucking tanks :dunno:
     
  17. Care to elaborate?

    I have 2 volvos, an 850 and a 240GL. The 240 which is near 18 years old has less problems than the 850 which is 9 years younger. The 4 cylinder volvo's are the most reliable cars you could ever own. As far as repair, why do u say it's expensive to repair? Junkyard parts are used in common practice because the parts are so reliable they can be replaced with used parts. Even new parts can be obtained through several companies like IPD, OEM Volvo parts, EuroSport Tuning, and Volvo USA.

    So basically, i'm going to have to disagree with you, chief.
     
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    volvos are cheap to repair if you learn about them. parts online are much cheaper...

    e.g. I needed a little valve for the brake booster on my 20 year old 242... dealer wanted $70 for the valve, and $10 for the rubber seal. looked online from fcpgroton (worldpac reseller) and it was $6 for the valve and the seal was included.

    dealer = $80
    online = $6 + 3.25 s/h

    Also, theres a few good messageboards for volvos... I get most of my parts from other members that are parting out stuff.

    Food for thought, my 242 in full trim (power everything etc) weighed in at 2800lbs my 745 (thats a wagon) weighed in at 3200lbs
    ... thats lighter then quite a few cars even most of the new volvos (if not all of the new volvos).


    if you're not into playing with cars and fixing things or improving things... i wouldnt buy an old volvo. They're more fun then practical. Additionally dont let anyone tell you they're safer cars... keep in mind volvos safety is only proportionate to cars of the similar time frame. a 25 year old 240 will not stand a chance against a 2 year old Toyota corrola
     
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    If you want to be a dick about it; you can say that it wasn't mint at the time that he got it. But just because somethings wrong doesnt mean its not mint.
     
  20. RobsMob

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    :nono: We've had 3 of them that saved various family members' lives. My brother shouldn't be among the living. They're pretty damn safe even matched w/today's cars.
     
  21. Penguin Man

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    :werd: They run forever. The whole body will rust off and the interior will be down to the springs in the seats and it'll still be drivable.
     
  22. Omega6_Virus

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    You=wrong.

    My parent's have owned Volvo's since 1978. If they were so bad, they would not continue to buy them. My mothers last Volvo went to 180k before she traded it. I'll drive Volvo's until I die. What mechanic qualifications do you have Jim? Have you ever owned any Volvo's or are you just hearing stories?


    I have walked away from 3 accidents in totalled Volvo's. Walked away. Not a damn scratch on me. One was rear impact, one was front and the last was a drivers side impact in which I was not wearing my seat belt. I am without a car right now but I am only looking at another Volvo.
     
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    :werd: to this. Old Volvos are safer than most new vehicles out there.
     
  24. boostdemon

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    my friend died in his '78 242 GT... when the couple who crossed the highway and hit him head on in their '02 Camry lived based on modern day saftey equipment.

    A lot has improved in 20 years folks... hell even 10 years! crumple zones have improved, restraints and airbags etc.
     
  25. Johnny*MacBlayze

    Johnny*MacBlayze wassup? shut up!

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    our old 240 was a tank. very reliable. cousin has a 87 760 still runs great and interior is mint. i think the older volvos pre-97 are more reliable than the newer ones
     

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