I picked up this 1994 940GLE sedan yesterday to be used as a daily driver for work. I'd been searching for a few months for a 740 or 940. As usual when I started the search all the good ones were in NSW/VIC/SA (I'm in QLD). After a few months of fruitless searching this one turned up about 5 minutes drive from work on the I Roll Volvo FB page. A short test drive revealed a few issues to be addressed. This thread will hopefully be of interest to others and will help me keep track of what has been done and keep me motivated to get in on the road.
It has two weeks rego left and the seller was generous enough to let me drive it home as long as I return the rego plates to him by the end of the week. I had a play with it last night which turned up a couple of extra minor issues. I gave the interior a quick clean but I'll give it a more thorough going over on the weekend. The interior is almost perfect except for a small tear on the driver's seat and one small crack in the driver's side B-pillar trim.
The list of problems to be sorted (this will no doubt get longer as I delve into the car more):
The last service record I can find is from March 2019(!) so a full stage 0 service is needed. Engine oil level is way down and so is the coolant. Trans oil is a pinky/brown so not too bad. Invoice says the diff oil is dirty so that'll get changed too.
Needs new tyres and wheel alignment. This was mentioned on the last service invoice but wasn't done.
Hole in the exhaust which sounds like it's around the front muffler area. Piggy tail pipe at the back is also rusted through.
Steering wheel grip is smooth and can be twisted around so it's come loose from the rim underneath.
Trans selector knob has fallen apart.
Boot is pretty grubby.
Door seals in both front doors and LHR door are perished.
Centre brake light doesn't work. Could be bulb or connection.
Engine seems a little gutless (even for a 940). Hopefully the stage 0 service will sort that.
Brake pedal pulses and steering wheel has a slight shimmy under hard braking. That last service invoice says the front pads and discs were replaced. Could be that or suspension bushes?
Clear coat on the boot lid has lifted pretty badly so a respray will be needed. The rest of the car's paint seems to be fine but it needs a good clean and polish.
Battery tray has some pretty bad corrosion.
I'll update as things progress.