Buying advice on a 960 straight-6 24V ?

Discussion in 'Volvo 960' started by Andy Dingley, Sep 21, 2007.

  1. Andy Dingley

    Andy Dingley Guest

    My 740 is getting on in years and there's a newer, shinier and very
    cheap 960 for sale locally.

    What's to look at? I assume the straight-6 engine is a good piece of
    kit (in the way that the old V-6 never was!), but I want to keep my
    past brick-like reliability more than I'm looking for extra
    performance. Anything I should know about?

    What's the back end like? Anything to check around the rear
    suspension? I can't wait to see a fibreglass rear leafspring! What's
    all that about then? :cool:

    Andy Dingley, Sep 21, 2007
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  2. Andy Dingley

    Captain Funn Guest


    I have a '95 960 sedan that I bought at 45k miles and now has 130k
    miles. Here are my thoughts. There are many more sub-systems to go
    wrong with this car than my previous Volvo's (244 DL, 245 GLT, 740
    Turbo, & 940 Turbo). It was intended to be an "executive" (as Volvo
    puts it) sedan and as such is a comfortable ride. However not many of
    them were made, so finding parts can be a bit harder than other Volvo's
    (there are also less aftermarket & discount suppliers with parts for the

    As for the independent rear suspension, it uses self-leveling shocks
    that are pricey to replace.

    As for reliability, my car has been good. I go through brake rotors
    every 25k miles, but nothing else out of the ordinary. I have also
    replaced the stereo, the main fuel pump, the cat, the rear shocks, all
    of the suspension bushings, the alternator, and the power steering pump.

    Having said that, I love my 960. It has only stranded me once (when the
    fuel pump failed) in over 85k miles.

    Captain Funn, Sep 21, 2007
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