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peranders 1st May 2011 05:16 PM

An old Volvo 745 at 300 km/h, 190 mph
An old Volvo 745 at 300 km/h, 190 mph.... I drive a 745 -91 with 110 hp....

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Gyuri 1st May 2011 05:44 PM

My old Peugeot 405 I was never able to fight above 200 km / hr. Budapest, Frankfurt is once managed to get home in 8 hours. It is 1,100 km. Not so bad, with three short stops. The red Porsches were faster than me so.
This is not consumed too much, so it was under the seven liters of fuel consumption.
I loved that car.

woodturner-fran 13th May 2011 09:50 PM

7L/100km is pretty good.....

my volvo 164 does not compare well...... a petraholic.

vinylkid58 13th May 2011 09:53 PM


Originally Posted by woodturner-fran (
my volvo 164 does not compare well...... a petraholic.

Carbs or fuel injection? My parents had a '74 164e with FI. It was pretty good on gas.


woodturner-fran 13th May 2011 09:58 PM

Twin stromberg carbs, at last measurement I reckoned about 14mpg. Given current fuel prices its err, extravagant! But she only comes out the odd time. :)

vinylkid58 13th May 2011 10:22 PM

Wow, that's pretty bad, even for carbs. I had a big old Pontiac when I was a kid. Even with a 2-barrel 396, it got consistent 15 mph.


woodturner-fran 13th May 2011 10:55 PM

Ah, 3L straight 6 with a heavy chassis, 3 speed borg Warner auto box and only rated at 15mpg from new anyway..... what I'm getting isn't too badbad maybe!

And at 1973 its a pre oil crisis car....

martin clark 14th May 2011 08:36 PM

Lovely old thing though.

Are yours the kind of Strombergs that use rubber diaphragms? Do check and change them if split! It's cheap to do, easy, and makes a huge difference in mixture accuracy hence fuel consumption (I once had an old 2litre Saab that used the same, long ago...)

woodturner-fran 14th May 2011 08:46 PM


I did a complete refurb of the carbs although the diaphragms were ok. Must check them again though..

mrfeedback 15th May 2011 01:35 AM

I used to have a 164.... indestructible car and no need to lock it cause nobody was interested in stealing it !
The diaphragms can get stiff/hard with ageing and this can cause mixture issues....eventually they can form a split causing vacuum leakage and mixture error.
From memory I used to get around 22mpg driven gently.

Q - Whats the difference between a Volvo and a cactus ?.
A - With a cactus the pricks are on the outside !.


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