Volvo 440 – Review – 440, a very decent drive

14 Apr 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Volvo 440 – Review – 440, a very decent drive

Volvo 440

Advantages: Cheap to buy and run, Readily Available, Can Cram a lot into it

Disadvantages: Not especially good looking!

Traditionally, when you think of Volvo, you think of old men in caps, sitting in the middle lane of a motorway, doing 50. So a Volvo might not be an obvious choice of car, but it’s a dark horse that can serve you well.

The 440 series of Volvos are now very cheap, you can pick up a decent one form anywhere between Ј300 to Ј700. I’ve had two 440’s both purchased for Ј400 with around 70,000 miles on the clock. Normally this amount of mileage might be a concern, but for a decent Volvo, it’s only just getting warmed up.

The 440 are a spacious, easy to drive and very reliable. They come will all manner of specifications, from a basic runner to one with all the electrical goodies, such as heated seats, electric windows and sunroof and trip computers. Like any car, things will go wrong with them from time-to-time, but this is usually down to the age of the car; such as a battery dying after a cold night.

It’s not uncommon to see 440’s, or any Volvo for that matter, with around 200,000 miles on the clock and still running well.

There are many variants of the 440; I’d personally recommend a 1.8; it’s slightly more powerful than the 1.6 but cheaper to insure than the 2.0 petrol version. As a side note, the 2.0 liter does have a lot of power, even an older one will shift when you need to put your foot down!

For a smaller car, the 440 is a bit of a tardis, it’s hatch back style boot and folding rear seats mean you can pack a whole lot of stuff into one of these machines. The suspension and reasonable engine sizes mean that the vehicle wont struggle, even with a heavy load.

There are a few problems to be aware of when buying 440’s. Because of it’s age the electrical system is prone to faults, a common one to watch out for is that heated seats might not work or instrumentation lights might not function as expected, a good look and test drive will give you an idea of how well the car works.

Rust can build around the arches easily so check these. Another place to check for rust is at the fuel filler.

Seals at the back end can perish so check for any moisture in the boot space and double check the spare wheel compartment in the boot to make sure there’s no water buildup.

Spare parts are readily available for 440’s if anything major should go wrong and they’re not massively expensive. I purchased a used ECU for an old Volvo and paid Ј35 for one stripped from an scrapped unit an it worked fine.

The 440 is a fine car and provided you dont mind driving around in one it’ll serve you very well, a good rule of thumb is to ask yourself; when was the last time you saw one broken down on the side of the road?

Summary: A cheap, reliable workhorse that wont let you down

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