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Unread 07-05-2013, 03:37 PM   #1
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1989 Volvo - runs good

Hey guys,

As some of you know already, my Aveo was totaled. The insurance cut us just large enough a check to buy a car in a really low budget (>=$700), and we've (my wife and I) been searching frantically.

We finally found one that does not fit the following;
  • No title
  • No engine
  • No transmission
  • No motor and transmission
  • Salvage/Rebuilt Title
  • Airbags deployed
  • Major engine issues
  • Major transmission issues
  • No A/C (I'm not driving my kids around in 110F Tucson heat)
  • Any other issues that would not be economically feasible

So, I called the lady. She says that the engine still runs strong with a minor oil leak in the front, and the speedometer does not work (odometer does work). Speedometer is electronic with a feed from the differential, and the odometer is mechanical with a cable feed from an unknown location (to me anyway). I called Volvo, and independent research, has told me that it's usually the pickup wiring that has gone bad. It's a matter of some minor electrical skills to bring the speedometer back to life.

I would like your opinions, and fast. I'm going to look at it tomorrow as I have a 2 hour drive there.

Thanks.
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Looks clean for it's vintage, which may be a sign it was cared for.

This is a nice resource with info from Volvo cars for this specific model - 1989 Volvo 740

Keep an eye out for the usual suspects like maintenance and accident history, as well as listening for any odd noises or anything that seems off. RWD Volvo's like this one are usually reliable if they have been taken care of.

It only has a 2.3 4 cyl and weighs 2 tons so don't expect a rocket of a car. At the same time, these care are very safe though with all that heft!

FWIW, For that price I'd consider it myself if I was need of a car.
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can't be slower than an aveo.

glaciers move faster than aveos.
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Went to go see it. Wife got scared when she saw the cracked rear windshield, the fact it needs a tire ASAP, and that the alternator is on it's way out (Got it checked at the local Autozone).


Sadly, I let her get scared. I hate the fact that she only saw it at face value. :\


EDIT: And it wouldn't start for about 30-45 min after the lady took it through an automatic car wash. The wire caps at the distributor got wet and wouldn't let the engine turn over. Wife was nothing but scared of this car.

I don't know why I let her do this to me. ****
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