1995 440 GL

Discussion in 'Volvo 440' started by Michael Dahl, Oct 7, 2005.

  1. Michael Dahl

    Michael Dahl Guest

    Greetings everyone.

    I am buying a 1995 440 2.0 GL with 108 BHP
    The car has only driven 128000 kilometors, and looks really nice, does
    anyone know what i should be looking for in this model?

    Michael Dahl, Oct 7, 2005
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  2. I'm far from a mechanical expert, but in my experience (on two 95 440s),
    it's the annoying little things that go wrong: dashboard bulbs, electric
    aerial, courtesy light etc. The 440s were never as tough as the "proper"
    Volvos but I think the electrics were a particular weakness.

    Richard Carter, Oct 8, 2005
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  3. I'm far from a mechanical expert, but in my experience (on two 95 440s),
    Give the gearbox a good work out as well. We've had three 440's and the only
    complaint I have with them is the gearbox can get hard to engage as the
    miles increase.

    Other than that, there are no specifics I can think of. I've never felt the
    electronics were that weak on these cars, my 240 is worse, but do have a
    good look at the central locking - make sure the key fits all the locks!
    Instrument bulbs too, as Richard said, tend to go and aren't that easy to

    Build quality is not quite up to the standard of the 'old' Volvo's, but it's
    better than the equivalent Ford, Vauxhall, VW stuff of that era. So check
    the trim is all in place. If it's had any impact it will show in the
    bumpers - they are hard to put on properly after they've become deformed.

    They're good cars, just be careful with the back end going fast in the wet.
    I'm on my third 440, I crashed the last two. First one died because I lost
    it on a corner and ploughed into a tree, second one died because I was hit
    on the motorway and the insurers wrote it off. Safe as houses though, I
    didn't feel a thing either time and they were both 'big' shunts. The radios
    got better by 1995 too :)

    David Balfour, Oct 8, 2005
  4. Michael Dahl

    Michael Dahl Guest

    Okay, thanks alot guys, i am looking forward to driving my "new" used volvo.
    Michael Dahl, Oct 9, 2005
  5. Michael Dahl

    Me Guest

    Hi, we have a 1.8 440, we already did 245000 kilometers. Very good
    car. Good mileage, very good road behaviour. I had a couple of times
    other cars getting in front of me (where I couldnt help it) so I had
    to do an emergency brake - the car does exactly what you want it to
    do, also outside normal usage. This really is some extra safety, my
    other car (recently sold) was a Peugoet 309 that could not have
    handled it and have led me into a crash.

    Just one minor thing: you must check around the rear wheels for rust.
    Where the outer plating and bottomplating touch each other. Check if
    the overlap is thicker. It is not really a problem. When there is
    rust, clean it thourougly, paint it, and from the inside add tectyl
    (the one that stays soft). No problems anymore. If you don't fix it,
    the rust will go on, around the corner and eventually become visible.

    Me, Oct 16, 2005
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