Slow Volvos

Yellow Volvo at the 24 Hours of LeMons

Yellow Volvo at the 24 Hours of LeMons

It seems like slow moving Volvos are commonplace on the highways of America. I know those old cars are slow, but I figured they should have enough power to keep moving at 65 MPH. They’re always puttering around much slower than they should be. Well, I think I learned the reason why after riding in my buddy’s Volvo. In most 240, 740, and 940 models the speedometer and automatic overdrive relay usually fails. Getting around without a working speedometer isn’t too hard. You just go as fast as traffic around you or use a GPS with a speed readout. Now when the automatic overdrive relay fails, the automatic transmission won’t shift into 4th gear (overdrive) so the engine will be screaming at highway speeds as well as burn up all the gas very quickly. Both issues are common and usually have a quick fix, but it seems most people don’t care.


One response to “Slow Volvos

  • Driven

    I’d have to agree with your analysis… I work at a Volvo dealership and we’ve seen a number of older Volvo’s with this exact issue. The new ones on the other hand, shouldn’t be driving to slowly…at least not without an excuse. The 2013 S60 R has 325hp and 350 ft-lbs of torque. I drive a 2009 S40 and its got plenty of get up and go. I drove an older 2000 S40 as well, and it was one of the fastest cars I’ve owned…it smoked my ’89 M3.

You must be logged in to post a comment.

%d bloggers like this: