Volvo 480 Information

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Living with the Volvo 480

By Wickers

The first time I saw the 480 was at the 1986 Motor Show and I can thinking how unlike a typical it was. (I was not aware of the P1800 at time!) In 1987 my local held a launch day for the model, and as my had just purchased a new vehicle he an invite. Much to my annoyance I was a test drive due to my age, as at 20 I was to be too young!

The following summer I had purchased a 360 GLT I was permitted to take the 480 for a drive and immediately became with its roadholding ability, features, and in my view stylish looks. The 440 and 460 launch soon offering a more conventional car considerably easier access to the passenger compartment. (The 480 is deceptive regarding the rear both of which will seat 2 normal size admittedly with very luggage – performance however suffer quite if the car is fully laden) The 440 had the added of being available in many and engine variants ranging the GL to the Turbo, making its purchase more flexible.

The 440 Turbo enjoys a remarkably low group considering its brisk undoubtedly assisted by its failure to to the ‘boy racers’ who delight in along seafronts (and places) late at night, and is in my a very underrated car. in 1990 money did not permit me to a 440 Turbo, leaving me with the of a ‘pre-owned’ 480 ES or by paying an extra for a brand new 440 GL.

The lack of fuel power steering, and sporty quickly persuaded me to purchase the Besides I have to be honest and I preferred the shape, performance, all the gizmos and gadgets, not forgetting the pop up which in my eyes were the of a true sports car!

Work colleagues were as to why I didn’t opt for the XR3i this the typical mode of transport for Man in the ’80’s. A short demonstration of the 480 left them with few doubts. Having traded in a 360 the two immediate noticeable differences in power and roadholding.

The 360 GLT was undoubtedly in a straight line, whereas the better grip of the 480 enabled to be taken more tightly at speed. The 480 is a more fun car to drive its sure footed roadholding, steering and improved suspension. at night is also enhanced the vast array of front including long range lights.

Being front wheel the car is less affected by adverse conditions that England to be plagued with at present. has not been a major issue, I in the past seven years been left stranded the (early hours of the morning 30 miles from home) the cause being a faulty block behind the glove – This was my one and only success in obtaining an acceptable from Lifetime Care, even this requiring a letter to Volvo.

Having the car as reliable, does not mean it hasn’t had more than its share of non ‘Vehicle Off-Road The main non typical 480 problem I had seems to have arisen the main front light pop up Namely a horrendous squeal time they ‘popped up and Although this did not affect operation as headlights, it did rather from their ‘pose’

After much lubrication, the admitted defeat and replaced the under warranty thankfully, as the was in excess of £200. Nearly years later they function correctly. Common faults include inoperative flasher, heater control, into the boot via the rear and erratic constant idle All these can be rectified very without too much cost, as in my register reports. (Please me for details).

Two more potentially common occurrences are the alternator, latest ones include a which should make more reliable) and the clutch which is noted for its ability to or become very heavy and -replacement here is the only I am probably tempting fate, but my cable has been by far the longest – hopefully they got it right at last. (The never appears to have in the same way with the clutch

Routine maintenance is not my speciality. The car is covered by Volvo’s Lifetime and although from a warranty of view it has little if any value, it provide me with free RAC which saves me some per year. With the two yearly costing less than it seems pointless to save a few pounds, and lose the full Dealer history.

I have repairs to be not too unreasonable for a Volvo, the noteable exceptions being the and clutch. At approaching £500 they come as a nasty Servicing for pre ’90 models has drastically reduced making it a lot affordable to keep a Main history.

Brakes are an easy DIY job the discs appearing to have a life span, even my brisk driving technique. I generally been very with the car, and consider it to be worth its cost. A 480 will provide cheap motoring, but mine being 10 years old I find it an enjoyable car to drive, and happily recommend it to anyone who is to accept a few teething troubles.

Fuel economy varies around 25 mpg to 44 mpg with the latter been obtained driving at a steady 60 mph to Scotland. Insurance varies from 12 to 14 depending it has the magical word Turbo on the

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