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1987 ‘E’ Volvo 740 2.3 - Teesside - £295 or Roffle

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1987 ‘E’ Volvo 740 2.3 Saloon

MOT: November 2018

 

Bought this from here a couple of months ago, not a bad old bus.

 

Has had a recent timing belt in November last year and I’ve serviced it too.

Drives extremely well

As is usual the fuel gauge, speedo etc don’t work, it has a ‘RoadAngel’ which works well for GPS based speed

 

Actually not in bad condition externally, inside there is some trim damage to the door cards etc and it’s a bit grubby.

Original wheel trims in the boot. Good tyres on the steels

Two keys, V5 present etc.

 

It’s sat outside unused for a couple of weeks now so it might as well go to make space for something else I viewed yesteday.

 

£295 covers what it owes me or £5 a ticket

 

Will grab some more pics when I get chance, this is all I have on my phone at the moment.

 

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Fuck. I need something to drive immediately as well. Have you not got anything much better and much cheaper mate? Like a turbo version, that runs on diesel, for like £98?

No diesels on the fleet at the minute Ben, although I’m sure I could loan something out until the Zafira is sorted ?

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Negative. I could put a yellow flower in though?

 

I’m using the E34 at the minute mate and the 318i is sat here so if you do need wheels for a week or so let me know and you can have that back to get around in until the Vx Is fixed.

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If it's still going after 30 years, it's going to do another 30. 

 

Forget all your W124 hewn from granite Merc shite and Ultimate Driving Machines, these were the best built cars in the world back then.

 

Do these make you seasick like the 200 series cars?  I've never had one.

 

That's the only thing that really let down the 240 I had last year for me.  Put it into a corner hard and you'd come out of it feeling very bilious indeed.  Otherwise, it was a great old plodder.  Poor MPG though, mitigated in part by good reliability.

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Do these make you seasick like the 200 series cars?  I've never had one.

 

That's the only thing that really let down the 240 I had last year for me.  Put it into a corner hard and you'd come out of it feeling very bilious indeed.  Otherwise, it was a great old plodder.  Poor MPG though, mitigated in part by good reliability.

 

740s corner much flatter than a 240 with far less body roll. 740s are not sporty in any way but they handle tidily with a comfortable ride. 

 

240GLT had far less body roll than other 240s but the ride is a bit lumpy. 

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Do these make you seasick like the 200 series cars?  I've never had one.

 

That's the only thing that really let down the 240 I had last year for me.  Put it into a corner hard and you'd come out of it feeling very bilious indeed.  Otherwise, it was a great old plodder.  Poor MPG though, mitigated in part by good reliability.

I’ve had both a 244 and 744 (like this one) they are very different cars!

The 240 series was closely based on the earlier 140 cars which came out in the late 60’s, it’s quite an old platform and they can feel like a car of that era to drive, even the very last 240’s from the 90’s. Suspension etc is all quite soft and they do pitch and roll a bit.

The 700 series were a much more modern design and don’t drive the same way at all imho. They’re much more ‘stable’ and sure footed in terms of handling. Although don’t expect a car you can throw around! It’s a big saloon/estate car still so there are limits!

Engines and transmission are the same though so not much difference in that respect. Piss easy to work on and easy to get bits for.

I love all these old Volvo’s, they’re genuinely good cars and even now they can still be put into daily use at 30+ years of age and cope with it all year round with little trouble.

The pick of the bunch for me has to be the 700 series though. I just find them the easiest to drive and most comfortable to be in, the seats are absolutely superb btw. I like their looks too!

My only criticism of them is the choice of interior trim. It’s mostly made from a type of plastic that seems to become very brittle with age and it literally shatters if your not careful with it. Even knocking your leg on the door pockets as you get out can be enough to destroy them!

Best thing to do is try one before buying.

 

Don’t write off the saloons either, old Volvo’s are all about the cavernous estates but the saloons are also capable of transporting a lot of shit around still. We actually tried comparing my old 740 saloon against my mates dads V50 estate. We actually managed to get about the same amount of stuff into both cars despite my 740 saloon being restricted by the lack of boot headroom! If you don’t need an estate the saloons make perfect sense really.

 

Anyway, glwts! Hopefully it’ll stay with someone on here. It’s a lot of car for nothing really.

(I bet at least one of these two Volvo’s for sale ends up in Scotland!)

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Six-cylinder and I had one of these, an 'E' plate 2.3 740 GLE saloon in that colour, but automatic. 'Green Car' as he was known (to distinguish from 'Gold Car', an 'E' plate 2.3 740 GLE automatic estate that we had at the same time) had the dark green/grey velour inside and never put a wheel wrong in our ownership.

 

My parents inherited both from us in due course and ran them happily for many years, until they decided to downsize their cars.

 

'Gold Car' was passed on the local Volvo specialist and we agreed to take 'Green Car' back. We were in the middle of repatriating him from south Wales when the cambelt snapped on the drive back (at about Bwlch, I recall) and 'Green Car' glid, without fuss (but suddenly very quietly) to a halt at the roadside. We sent him back to Dad on a recovery truck and he languished for a while until going off to the same Volvo specialist who declared it could all be fixed (as a non interference engine) but Dad didn't think it was economical to do. 'Green Car' is probably still sitting there alongside 'Gold Car', enjoying his retirement in a Welsh field...

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