Got the car towed home and started servicing it. The fuel line came loose from the filter and I lost a full tank of gas. That was tough being that gas is $3.45 per gallon. Glad it's only a 12.8 gallon...
Got the car towed home and started servicing it. The fuel line came loose from the filter and I lost a full tank of gas. That was tough being that gas is $3.45 per gallon. Glad it's only a 12.8 gallon tank. The car seemed to be running a little cold so I replaced the thermostat, still runs cold 160 vs 190.
Besides the maintenance, the car sits a little low and there is no seat adjustment to raise it a little. Car drives straight and with the DOHC motor, has a little pep up to about 60 mph. I think it's getting about 25 mpg around town and 28 on the highway. Kinda sad for such a small motor.
Three of the 4 windows make that 4 of the 4 power windows do NOT work properly. Only 2 go down, the other two just twitch. The power door locks don't work properly. When I charged the battery and hooked it up, unlocked the door, 3 of the 4 doors were chattering and would not stop for a while. They say Volvo's have electrical problems, wow!!! The roof liner is gone, not to uncommon for a '96. And one of the valve cover bolts will not catch and tighten.
After I got the maintenance taken care of I decided to take the car for a spin. Well, about 1/2 mile from the house I had to turn on the defrost to clear the windshield and the controls are so low that I was almost totally off the road into a ditch by the time I got them set right. Could not avoid going totally off the road because by the time I lifted my head up my last 2 wheels were leaving the road. I was able to get the car back on the road before I hit the guard rail that was approaching, spun out and stalled. So chalk one up for poor placement of the ventalation controls. The stereo sound weak, however it does work. I'm wondering if someone barrowed the amp???
THE GOOD: The car feels pretty good on the highway, not to noisy and pulls straight. Has no passing gutts but I dont' think a 70+ year old lady will need much of that. The rear seats fold down giving good access to the trunk for oversized things. Seems easy to service and the parts are cheap. Good price for what I got.
THE POOR: Other than listed above... A couple of the doors stick, the turn signal lane change bump is hard to find, seat belts don't click/snap in good, and the transmission has a hesitation when going from 2nd to third.
To be fair, I have driven Volvo's for 25 years so a car 1/2 it's price is really no match. My sister had one (Saturn) which she absolutely loved (I think it was her 1st car). Would be ok for a 2nd car or for an emergency vehicle, but don't get one for someone that is getting out of high school.