A side effect of the front-wheel drive layout was excellent space in the boot. Based on a 1986 design by Steenstra, this car sadly never made series production due to the bankruptcy of one of the tooling suppliers. But where does all of this leave a fiasco-Volvo from the eighties in its quest for stardom among youngtimers and soon enough even the fully-fledged classics? The motor pulls as well as ever, although not in the same way as the red '89 turbo model I had before it 1994 to 2003. Overall Not outstanding in any key respect, the Volvo 480 series is nevertheless an interesting car and represents a period in the Swedish company's history when it was in a period of rapid change. Its low hood, shark nose and long roof are a template that still has adoring fans among P1800 and C30 groupies.
Look for rust problems around the car's sills and tailgate openings. Where workshop visits once were required every six months, these need attention only once a year or every 10,000 miles, whichever comes sooner. And not just because they are so unbelievably cheap, but more so because it will offer free motoring over the next couple of years! After being involved in the first road traffic accident in 13 years of driving, I am sticking with Volvo for the time being. Transmission: 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic. Thought I would have to settle for an old Ford or, perish the thought, another Renault. But the secret behind those badges and the T8 moniker? General Comments: The car has great performance even after 140k, crisp handling, solid build quality and the interior is still holding up. And I say that for the same reasons as you, Anders Bilidt — not because of family ties.
Check out Roy's other work at his author link above or new…. Look here if you want to unleash more power. Despite its sporty looks, performance was modest at best as under the bonnet lies a Renault-sourced 1. Performance great compared to the Renault on both motorways and country roads. Usual checks apply: a full service history is always a bonus especially as Volvo did a number of in-service improvements , listen for any deep rumbles from within, look for blue smoke on start-up and acceleration and check for signs of overheating which could signal head gasket issues — in which case oil will be getting into the water and vice versa. You can safely say that it was a pretty radical car. Burkart is available for all questions and concerns by email Tom at car-revs-daily.
Already gone when l bought it Massive gearbox leak. I guess I've been in 480s for over 16 years; wow! Suspension stories Steering should be very sharp all examples had power steering as standard too so any vagueness should sound alarm bells. Replacement Parts based on a 1994 1. The interior was also innovative, with an instrument panel angled towards the driver and adjustable backrests in the individual rear seats. They are both turbocharged four-cylinder engines, with varying levels of electric assistance.
The cabriolet car shown at the 1990 Geneva Motor Show could well be the exception to that rule. A new tail lamp is around £65. I find them great to drive, and one of the nicest car designs on the road - still. That combination of old and new makes this a real dreamweaver of a machine. It offered four seats, a glass hatch and still rocked the classic Volvo grille, only. Year of manufacture 1991 First year of ownership 2008 Most recent year of ownership 2009 Engine and transmission 1.
On the face of it, probably not in the best of places. Make sure the pop-up headlamps rise and retract promptly and together. But take note — it lacks pop-up headlights. The wedge-inspired design was dramatic and sleek with pop-up headlamps and a tiny Volvo-badged grille hiding under the front bumper. Mechanically I have had very little trouble so far with this car, despite having done over 12k miles in 8 months. The name implied that they were aiming for the stars. A number of detail improvements were visited upon the car in September 1993, including the fitment of a driver's airbag, seatbelt tensioners and side impact protection.
I never have to worry about car, has never let me down, always starts first time and goes like a dream. It has character in abundance. Had the car for 4 years and was really mint. . A new feature was the trip computer.
Needless to say they lost my business at renewal time. Electric window motors failed this is a common problem £120 for new the new motors, fitted them myself. The car now has 137k and is worse for wear from the previous owner! In fact the car exceeded crashworthiness test requirements by quite some margin. The whole head setup is constricted and badly manufactured. For Volvo, it meant that a new era of technology was beginning.
Even the earliest cars utilised modern composite materials for the front end, with side intrusion bars being fitted before many rivals. The electrics are and always have been the real bugbear with the 480. The 480 was namely the first car in a large and comprehensive project — internally called Galaxy. Project Galaxy began in 1978. Dynamics and personality were key words guiding the design. Models Models Covered: 480 three-door hatchback, 1.