Question about 1996 Volvo 960
These cars feature great engines, so-so interior bits (peeling door panels), crappy electronics (poor solder joints in components) and problematic climate control.
I would get a 940 or 940 turbo over a 960 and I own two 960's currently. (as well as a 940T). The 940's have much simpler engine systems and are very robust. The engine is a non-interference design so a broken timing belt doesn't ruin the engine. Parts on the 940 are about half of what the 960 is....I could go on.
Posted on Jun 13, 2010
The engine is glued together(5 pieces)so it is not possible to repair/rebore without volvo expertise.otherwise the car is bomb proof.the only other problems are the normal bushes and shockers,and there are lots of bushes.....expect about 20mpg as an average
Posted on Jun 07, 2010
Does the current owner of the vehicle have well kept service records? If he does, ask him if the timing belt was changed on this car. And ask him to show you the service records. The timing belt should have already been replaced, but if not, you will need to replace it immediately. Along with water pump, seals, and balance shaft belt. If the vehicle has an interference motor, and the timing belt breaks going down the road, it has the potential to ruin the motor. The timing belt on a Volvo is not for the beginner, and most shops will not even touch it. Tech will need special tools to lock down the cams, or risk even bigger issues. Also, do a visual inspection, paying close attention to the undercarriage, looking for oil leaks. Volvo's are great cars, but the routine maintenance can be costly.
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