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The Volvo 740 seires has always been seen as an 'old-mans car' and as a brick. I have owned a Volvo for a number of years and have had volvos in the familiy for at least twenty. Currently i have a Volvo 740 Turbo on a G/H reg. and I have found it to be more that the old-mans car that it is said to be. It has a 2.3 litre 4 Cylinder Turbo charged engine that provides 184 horsepower as standard (although mine has been modified to run at 200 horsepower and should be 235 in the near future). This is more than enough to cope with the 2 ton body and any passangers. The car is easily able to keep up with most sports cars and has many on-borad features and safety extras that make it a formidable rivale to most cars on the road today. With this in its defence i can't see how it is an old mans car. The XR2 and SRi crowd that have met with the volvo have definatley found that it is more than able to 'kick-ass' when it is needed, as have other cars. The fuel economy is an issue though, the heavy build of the car and the size of the engine does mean that the fuel consumption is high in normal city driving. On the motorway it is a much better and easily travel from Leeds to London on one tank (approx 230 miles)with a full compliment of passangers and luggage. The storage area is ample and the seating accomodation is sufficient for most families. The volvo is a car that is plugged with stereotypes ,especially the 740 series. The take over by Renault has since seen a rise in popularity and the new sleaker designs are being met with great cheer by the buying/driving public. In my opinion the voilvo 740 turbo it is one of the most sensible yet fun cars that i have ever owned.
I'm sorry but I think these cars are cool. It may be boxy and square but in these days of nice cuddly and curvy clones, the Volvo 740 stands out from the crowd. Mine is a G reg 2.3GLE and I'm its 4th owner. It has never broken down and any repairs I've had to do were due to my carelessness... The engine is very nippy yet quite economical - about 10p a mile... The electric windows, mirrors, sunroof were all ahead of their time so you're not really missing out on modern in car comforts. The bodywork is still perfect (it was designed for a harsh swedish winter after all) and the automatic gearbox is still functioning well. Tyres do wear out quickly, but when you're driving a 2 ton car this is to be expected, especially if you enjoy driving around around gravelly country lanes as I do. OK so lets talk statistics (thanks to my reviewers by the way): Mine's a saloon but the boot is huge - ample for 4 large suitcases, and the spare tyre is easily accessible. For longer items, unfortunately the back seats cannot be folded down so you're restricted to long thin items such as skis or planks which can fit thru the specially designed ski slot into the back seats. All GLEs have leather seats which are very comfortable althogh a little sticky in hot weather The rear seats are very spacious and all have saftey belts and electic windows, as well as a handy little flashing lamp which tells you if the driver isn't belted up! The rear electric windows can be locked/controlled by the driver too so it's handy if you have kids. The drivers seat is very comfy and can be height adjusted, which I think is quite rare on older cars. The passenger seat has huge amounts of legroom and an easily accesible glove box. The dash is fairly standard - nothing digital here I'm afraid but the wipers/lights are easily controlled The speakers are excellent but beware upgrading the stereo - yo
u have to but a volvo on as they are slightly different in size. Parts aren't too expensive, especially if you get them off a scrap dealer - and you won't need too many parts anyway as some volvo 740s have been known to go further than 200,000 miles on the same engine and gearbox. Finally bear in mind that in it's day, this car was the best of the best that Volvo had to offer - it may be dated but has a very high level of comfort, safety and build quality. All in all I love this car and would recommend it to anyone - especially now that the price is so low.
We recently decided that our car was too small for our family and that an estate would be a much better proposition. Eventually we decided on a Volvo Estate and were delighted when an F Reg 740SE came into our local paper. Anyway we bought it and it is a great car. I have never driven such a big car but due to the automatic gear box and power assisted steering it is very easy and light to drive. I had never driven an automatic or power assisted car before and was a bit hesitant but it was no problem. We have a young daughter and we certainly feel very comfortable and safe in this car. It has loads of room in it and we can even put her pram in without having to take it apart. This particular model has electric windows, electric sunroof, electric wing mirrors and heated front seats! Unfortunately it is quite heavy on petrol around town but much better on the motorway etc. As for insurance it was only £100.00 a year more for fully comprehensive than our old car a Peugeot 205 D Registration, so pretty good. The car runs very well and gives a very smooth ride. If you are looking for a family car that will be safe and comfortable this car is for you. We think ours is great.