Re: Volvo 740 Safety
Great stories, Steve, and thanks for sharing.
I think that the same can be said for the 240 series. About a month
ago we had a freak rain storm that was preceeded as well as followed
by very hot weather. In a similar mountain community, on the next
ridge north, there is a fast, four lane roadway that connects the
community with the valley cities. The directions are separated by a
wide shoulder- about seventy-five feet wide dirt. Becasue of the
separation and the 55mh limit, folks tend to do 60-70mph.
In that rain storm, a 19 year old female, going down into the valley,
apparantly allowed her wheels on one side to leave the roadway, and
she probably over-corrected and rolled the car- an early to mid 80's
240 sedan. The news showed it on it's roof, with all the windows
intact and only one crack in the windshield. Other than that, it
appeared that the car could have been righted and driven away once the
oil settled back into the crankcase.
And a contributing factor to the accident- They showed her tires and
it was very clear that they did not have a legal tread depth- wuite
slick from the pictures, actually.
There's a joke up here:
Q: "Why do all the hippies drive Volvos?"
A: "Becasue when you are driving around stoned, you want to be in a
OK... So I started the joke... ;-) And No, I _NEVER_ drive when
under the influence of ANYTHING.
"Steve Shuttleworth" <email@example.com> wrote:
>Here in the UK, there is a weekly, light hearted but very informative
>motoring programme called Top Gear. Several months ago they tested 3 older
>cars in a variety of circumstances, the last of which was driving the cars
>into a concrete block at 30 mph, and one of them was an old 760.
>Whilst the other 2 cars demonstrated the value of crumple zones, the Volvo
>drove straight through the concrete and, apart from a burst radiator and the
>obvious cosmetic damage, was driveable on completion. What's more, it
>turned out that the speedometer in the Volvo wasn't working during the test
>so the driver 'guessed' his speed - it turned out he was acually doing well
>If you're going to be involved in an accident involving a 700 series Volvo,
>make damned certain you're sitting inside it.
>From my own experience (I'm on my fourth 700/900 series), my cars have been
>hit twice by other drivers. The first time, a Nissan coupe ran into the
>back of me in a car park whilst I was locking the drivers door. The car
>moved forward about 3 inches just as I was about to put the key in the lock
>and there was a loud bang. When I looked around, the Nissan was spouting
>steam fom a burst radiator and was a good 18 inches shorter than it was
>before it hit me. I looked very hard, but found absolutely no damage to the
>Volvo. The second time a Ford hit the drivers door with a glancing blow.
>It took the bumper (fender) off the ford and did no end of damage to the
>bodywork, but the Volvo didn't get away completely free - the rubbing strip
>half way up the door was scratched!
>These cars are certainly not indestructible, but they're as close as you
>will get for the money.
><firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>> Question... I am think of buying a 1991 740 Volvo for my daughter to
>> drive around town and to school. I was wondering if the safety
>> features of this 1991 car are comparable to today cars. Compare to
>> Taurus, Camry, Impala, etc.......
Randy & \ \/ /alerie's
'90 245 Estate - '93 965 Estate
"Shelby" & "Kate"