Autokerkhof: 1990 Volvo 740 Turbo met bijna 500.000 mijlen


Byon February 10, 2020

1990 Volvo 740 Turbo wagon in California junkyard, RH side view - ©2020 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Carsinteresting discarded vehiclesis the fact that most cars and light trucks didn’t start getting six-digit odometers until the 1980s or even the 1990s. I find vehicles that Iknowmust haveracked upincredible totalmileage figures, but their odometers all turned over (once? ten times?) when they got past 99,999 miles.

Fortunately, Volvo felt sufficiently optimistic to adopt the six-digit odometer way back in the 1960s, so I was able to read a very impressive figure on the one in this740 wagon:493,549 miles.

24 - 1990 Volvo 740 Turbo in California junkyard, speedometer - Photo by Murilee Martina Mercedes-Benz W201 with better than 600,000 milesanda Volkswagen Rabbit Cabrio showing a not-sure-I-believe-it 930,013 miles, plus lots and lots of junked Hondas and Toyotas (andone Oldsmobile) with readings of close to 400,000 miles, but this Volvo in the San Francisco Bay Area ranks near the top of the longevity sweepstakes.

24 - 1990 Volvo 740 Turbo in California junkyard, interior - ©2020 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsI see this phenomenon oftenwithhigh-mile junkyard (rear-wheel-drive) Volvos.

24 - 1990 Volvo 740 Turbo in California junkyard, engine - ©2020 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars
To a radar gun, it looked exactly like a Porsche 944… though I’ll bet the brick shape of the Volvo made it detectable at a longer range.

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