Woo-Hoo! I now own a Volvo.......

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Lynyrd Skinhead, Nov 17, 2003.

  1. ..........a 1992 940 SE Turbo. Any inherent problems I need to be mindful of?


    Lynyrd Skinhead, Nov 17, 2003
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    mdrawson Guest

    You probably have one of the best cars that Volvo's ever made, if it's been
    maintained correctly. Nicest body style and size, best engine ever,
    reliable turbo. No inherent problems that I know of. Congrats.
    mdrawson, Nov 18, 2003
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    James Sweet Guest

    Surperb car, IMO one of the best they ever made, despite only being offered
    in the states with an automatic transmission. Keep up on oil changes and
    replace the timing belt on time (though no damage will be done if it breaks
    you'll be stranded) and the car should run reliably for many years.
    James Sweet, Nov 18, 2003
  4. Lucky sod! A friend of mine picked up a 940-T at the same time I bought my
    Mercedes... I was -and STILL am- very envious of his new girl. I'd love one
    of those things... congradulations and enjoy your brick-on-a-rocket-sled.

    Mike \Rotor\ Nowak, Nov 18, 2003
  5. A couple of minor issues, but nothing serious.

    1: replace the front lights with glass OEM European ones.
    2: re-wire the front lights with relays and heavy gauge wire.
    3: replace the struts if worn
    4: never reset the trip odometer while the car is moving
    5: there are half a dozen accessory gauges that fit in the dash.
    I recommend adding a large tach instead of the small one.
    (dep on model/year/etc)

    Mostly typical stuff - the lighting upgrade is huge - double
    the useable light. The large tach is nice, too.
    Joseph Oberlander, Nov 18, 2003
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    I pick her up Saturday morning and I've got a near 300 mile drive to bring
    her home. I've got my AA road atlas out to plan a nice mixed route with some
    motorway, A road & B road. I'll post Saturday night to let y'all know how it

    Lynyrd Skinhead, Nov 18, 2003
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    James Sweet Guest

    You won't hurt anything by resetting the trip odometer while it's moving,
    this is only a concern with the old mechanical speedometers in pre-'86 240s.
    James Sweet, Nov 18, 2003
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    Alex Zepeda Guest

    They come from the factory with relay(s). If you turn the headlights on, and then
    take the key out of the ignition, the lights will turn off.
    I don't think this was ever a problem on the 700/900 cars with their electronic
    All 700/900 cars (that I've seen) have a large clock and large speedo. Only the
    old style dash has spots for additional gauges (four or so in the cluster). The
    newer style 700/900s don't have any factory sanctioned place to put additional

    - alex

    '85 244 Turbo
    Alex Zepeda, Nov 18, 2003
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    Herman Guest

    Ahem!!!!!!, ......Sorry, but there seems to be some "misinformation"
    here, my 240 series is an '83 and the trip odometer works just fine
    "after" resetting while moving, on more occaisions than I could possibly
    remember. I've owned this car since new.
    Herman '83 282, 5.0 H.O. formerly 242 Turbo intercooled.
    Herman, Nov 18, 2003
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    James Sweet Guest

    I have the same experience, however in theory this *could* damage it if
    exactly the right circumstances take place, but my point was only that in
    the electronic speedos used starting in '86 there's no chance of this
    happening since the odometer is driven by a teeny little stepper motor that
    lacks enough torque to strip gears even if you do jam it somehow.
    James Sweet, Nov 19, 2003
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    James Sweet Guest

    James Sweet, Nov 19, 2003
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    Dave Shannon Guest

    I hate to disagree but that little motor is responsible for many stripped
    gears in both 240 and 700 series speedometers. Check out the pic at the
    bottom of
    http://www.homestead.com/volvo2/88speedo.html I know it will strip gears as
    I didn't make sure the odometer number wheels could turn freely the first
    time I replaced the gear and stripped another one when the tooth off the
    first gear got lodged in them.

    Dave Shannon
    daveshan_at_spamsoneonelse_cox.net (Spring Valley CA)
    1988 240 DL 19X,XXX
    1984 245 DL 20X,XXX
    1984 245T 19X,XXX
    '01 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 14K
    Dave Shannon, Nov 19, 2003
  13. James Sweet wrote:

    I'd still swap it for a large tach if it doesn't have one - because the
    radio has its own clock.

    As for the lighting - it is a huge difference - the stock equipment isn't
    robust enough - and the Euro assemblies are glass - they last forever
    and have a better pattern.
    Joseph Oberlander, Nov 19, 2003
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    Dave Shannon Guest

    Lighting is good advice for any of our cars but his is a '92 740, there is
    no space for additional gauges and he already has a large tach and speedo'.
    The 5 extras was a 240 option and the earlier 700 non turbos could add two
    in the upper spaces in the cluster.
    Dave Shannon
    daveshan_at_spamsoneonelse_cox.net (Spring Valley CA)
    1988 240 DL 19X,XXX
    1984 245 DL 20X,XXX
    1984 245T 19X,XXX
    '01 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 14K
    Dave Shannon, Nov 19, 2003
  15. Oh My God!!!!!!

    What are you lot doing to Mr Skynrd?

    Despite the pseudonym and end tag line. I believe I read somewhere that Mr
    Skin abides in the UK.

    Doesn't that mean that it will already have the Euro standard lights. God
    knows what I have on my 740 but I rarely need to use main beam. My standard
    lights are more than adequate to cope with even the muddiest 'B' roads.

    I don't think that "Mr Skin" would want to be messin' with his lights and
    wires having just purchased it!

    I maybe wrong. I have been many times in the past!

    Personally I like the quad lights that I have seen on the US models.
    Obviously for aesthetic more than practical reasons.
    Artful Dodger, Nov 19, 2003
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    James Sweet Guest

    There's only one tach available for the 700 series and it's a large one, the
    large tach and large clock straddle the speedo.
    James Sweet, Nov 19, 2003
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