Never see any 16-Valve Volvo's how come?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Rob Guenther, Mar 13, 2005.

  1. Rob Guenther

    Rob Guenther Guest

    Hi everyone... was just talking cars with the folks, talking about our
    previous Volvo, a 1989 740 16 Valve... and realized that none of us have
    ever seen another 16 Vavle 740 on the roads in all those years!... Did they
    de-badge this engine quickly after it was released, or was it a blunder and
    cancelled quickly?

    I was told it was smooth running and pretty powerfull for an 80's 4
    banger... Too expensive compared to a more powerfull turbo-4 or something?
    Rob Guenther, Mar 13, 2005
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    James Sweet Guest

    I see them occasionally, they were only made for a few years though, and
    quite a few of them bit the dust due to timing belt breakage.
    James Sweet, Mar 13, 2005
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    Bev A. Kupf Guest

    No, I don't think it was cancelled that quickly. I think the B234
    was introduced with the '89 model year in NA (or maybe '88) in 740,
    and in '91 was used in the 940 -- I have seen 16-valve 940s.

    I don't know why Volvo went back to using the 8-valve B230 for
    '92 onwards with the 940.

    The B234 was an interference engine, so maintenance schedules
    had to be followed more rigorously -- but by '92 Volvo was making
    other interference engines, so that alone couldn't be the reason
    they switched to the B230 for later model years of the 940.

    Bev A. Kupf, Mar 13, 2005
  4. There are a few (saloons and estates) on the VOC 700/900 register. They were
    badged as GLT, the "T" standing for Twin-cam. They had 10 bhp less than the
    B230ET/FT but were a bit complex when it came to belt change time as the
    engine was fitted with balance shafts and had a balance shaft drive belt
    that had to be changed at the same time as the cambelt. The engine was a
    lively unit and could be driven hard with no worries.

    Cheers, Peter.
    Peter K L Milnes, Mar 14, 2005
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    dragon Guest

    I had one...a wine red '90 745 GLE..fully loaded with leather seats and
    power sunroof. it was quite powerful compared to regular non-turbo
    740s...that thing was I sold it due to ABS problems..Had to
    replace the ABS pump which was expensive. When I sold it couple of years ago
    it had 148Kmiles and looked like quite handsome. I still miss that car.

    dragon, Mar 14, 2005
  6. Rob Guenther

    Rob Guenther Guest

    Wow we had the same car, options, and colour... just an 89... Wine red is a
    gorgeous colour on that car, with the chrome accents, and the polished
    aluminum rims... We've got one picture of that car, and it looks way nicer
    then our 960 (charcoal grey with the old style "760" front end... looks so
    narrow with those headlights)
    Rob Guenther, Mar 14, 2005
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