Volvo 480 – Classic Car Reviews | Classic Motoring Magazine

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Some cars are to fall below the radar the moment they’re launched. the Volvo 480 for example; it arrived in the UK in but was never a big seller, even it’s really rather Neatly styled, very equipped, brimming with and technology details and decently too, the 480 disappeared into almost as soon as the last one off the production lines in Daf’s old factory, in 1995.

The spiritual successor to the short-lived of the early 1970s, the 480 was Volvo’s fi rst front-wheel drive offering. But 76,000 were made a decade of production, and good are already getting scarce.

to look for?

Electrical are the 480 owner’s biggest bugbear, the instrumentation, trip computer, and lighting all likely to go on the blink. issues are also common, the fuel injection often up, while camshafts wear Also, on the Turbo there’s a chance the turbocharger will worn out before 100,000 have been clocked up.

The 480 was pretty well rustproofed, but cars can suffer from in the rear wheelarches, the top of the A-post as as the bottom of each door. If a sunroof fi tted check its is intact and also look at the around the tailgate. Leaks the cabin are a common issue, the tailgate glass the usual although the rear light can crack too, to let water in.

Most 480 affi cionados the best engine of the lot is the 2-litre, even the entry-level S came electric windows, power central locking, alarm and seats as standard. Of course nice to have a high-spec but go for an ES or SE and you’ll get an on-boardcomputer as standard – a of equipment that’s notoriously And as it incorporates the fuel gauge, you fi nd it more of a hindrance than an


You’ll be doing to spend much over on a 480, as even the latest with low mileage are worth more than this. if you can fi nd a really superb Celebration you have to part with to £3000 if it’s really At the other end of the scale you can pick up a 480 from just £500, but better off spending a little £1000 on something straight clearly been cared

The key thing is to buy the latest car you can fi nd and opt for something in good condition; specifi is defi nitely of secondary The 480 was constantly developed, which is why cars are best avoided; can suffer from all sorts of issues.

Driving one

Although the 480 is a warm hatch, it’s not a scalpelsharp driver’s car. front-wheel drive there’s on offer but you don’t get the thrills in more focused driving It feels decently quick thanks partly to the relatively low position, while performance is brisk in all versions.

However, whether you opt for the 1.7, the 2.0 or the much the same level of is on offer, with a 0-62 of 9-10 seconds. Think of the 480 as a classic with reasonable rather than a road for savouring those B-road and you won’t go far wrong.

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