pg. 113 Specifications


pg. 114Dimensions and weights
pg. 115Label information
pg. 116Oil specifications
pg. 117Engine specifications
pg. 120Electrical system specifications
pg. 121Capacities

pg. 114 Specifications

Dimensions and weights

740 GL
740 Turbo
740 GLE - 16 valve

Length 188.4" 478.5cm
Width 68.9" 175 cm
Height 56.5" 143 cm
Wheelbase 109" 277 cm
front 57.5" 146 cm
rear 57.5" 146 cm
Turning circle, between curbs 32.5 ft 9.9 m
Trunk capacity (sedans) 16.8 cu. ft. 0.487 cm
Cargo capacity (wagons)
With rear seats up 39.3 cu. ft. 1.1 m
With rear seats down 74.9 cu. ft. 2.1 m

When adding accessories, equipment, luggage and other cargo to your vehicle, the total weight capacity of the vehicle must not be exceeded.

Consult your Volvo dealer for information.
All specifications are subject to change without notice.

Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW)

GL/GLE - 16 valve (Sedan) 3965 lbs (1865 kg)
TURBO (Sedan) 4050 lbs (1840 kg)
GLE (Wagon) 4275 lbs (1920 kg)
TURBO (Wagon) 4295 lbs (1950 kg)
Capacity weight: (sedan) 1000 lbs (455 kg)
Capacity weight: (740 GLE - 16 valve wagon) 1045 lbs (475 kg)
Capacity weight (740 Turbo wagon) 1035 lbs (470 kg)
Permissible axle weight, front
GL, GLE - 16 valve 1940 lbs (880 kg)
TURBO 2050 lbs (930 kg)
Permissible axle weight, rear
GL, GLE - 16 valve (sedan) 2030 lbs (922 kg)
TURBO (sedan) 2090 lbs (950 kg)
Max. roof load 220 lbs (100 kg)
Max. trailer weight 3300 lbs (1500 kg)
Curb weight (Sedan) 3003- (1351-
3117 lbs 1402 kg)
Curb weight (Wagon) 3135- (1410-
3239 lbs 1457 kg)

The max permissible axle loads must not be exceeded

pg. 115 Label information

The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) should always be quoted in all correspondence concerning your vehicle with the dealer and when ordering parts.

1 Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) *
VIN plate is located on top left surface of dashboard. The VIN is also stamped on the right hand door pillar.

2 Vehicle Emission Control Information
Your Volvo is designed to meet all applicable emissions standards, as evidenced by the certification label on the left wheelhousing. For further information regarding these regulations, please consult your Volvo dealer.

3 Model Plate
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Codes for color and upholstery etc. This plate is located on panel above right headlight.

4 Loads and Tire Pressures
Label on right-front door frame

5 Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) specifications (USA) and Ministry of Transport (CMVSS) Standards (Canada)
This label is located on rear-facing side of the driver's door.

All specifications are subject to change without notice.

pg. 116 Specifications

Engine oil

Oil quality:
According to API SG or alternatively API SF

Oil with designation SG - CD, also comply with these demands.
Synthetic or semi-synthetic oils may be used if their specifications comply with the above.
Volvo recommends the use of fuel economy improving oils. Look for the API label.

Volvo does not recommend oil additives as they can adversely affect the engine.
Capacity (including oil filter): 4.0 US qts. (3.85 liters);on Turbo models, add 0.7 US qts (0.6 liters) if oil cooler is drained.

Manual transmission

Quality: Volvo synthetic gearbox oil
1161324 or ATF type F or G

Capacity: (M46) 2.4 US qts (2.6 liters)
(M47) 1.6 US qts (1.5 liters)

Automatic transmission

Quality : ATF Dexron IID

Capacity : 7.9 US qts. (7.5 liters)

Rear axle

Quality : Volvo rear axle oil 1161329 or API-GL-5 (MIL-L-2105 B or C)
SAE 90 or 80W/90

Capacity : 1.7 US qts (1.6 liters)

Power steering

Quality : Type F

Capacity : 0.7 US qts. (0.7 liters)

Brake fluid

Brake fluid type : DOT 4

Capacity : 0.66 US qts. (0.5 liters)

SAE 15 W/40 oil is recommended for use in severe driving conditions which involve high oil temperatures or excessive oil consumption e.g. mountain driving with frequent deceleration, or high-speed driving. SAE 15W-40 must not be used at ambient temperatures below 5°F (-15°C).

pg. 117 Specifications (cont.)

740 GL
(B 230F engine)

Type designation Volvo B 234 F
Output(SAE J 1349) 114 hp at 5400 rpm (85 kW at 90 rps)
Max. torque(SAE J 1349) 136 ft. lbs. (184 Nm) at 2500 rpm
Number of cylinders 4
Bore 3.78" (96 mm)
Stroke 3.15" (80 mm)
Displacement 2.32 liters
Compression ratio 9.8:1
Valve clearance, cold engine 0.014-0.016"
inlet and exhaust (0.35-0.40 mm)
Valve clearance, warm engine 0.016-0.018"
inlet and exhaust (0.40-0.45 mm)
* California: 134 ft. lbs. (182 Nm) at 2500 rpm
740 GLE - 16 valve
(B 234 F engine)
Type designation Volvo B 234 F
Output 153 hp at 5700 rpm (114 kW at 95 rps)
Max. torque 150 ft. lbs. (203 Nm) at 4450 rpm
Number of cylinders 4
Bore 3.78" (96 mm)
Stroke 3.15 " (80 mm)
Displacement 2.32 liters
Compression ratio 10.0:1
Valve clearance Self-adjusting
740 Turbo
(B230F -Turbo engine)
Type designation Volvo B 230F
Output (SAE J 1349) 162 hp at 4800 rpm (119 kW at 80 rps)
Max. torque (SAE J 1349) 195 ft. lbs. (265 Nm) at 3450 rpm
Number of cylinders 4
Bore 3.78" (96 mm)
Stroke 3.15" (80 mm)
Displacement 2.32 Liters
Compression ratio 8.7:1
Valve clearance, cold engine 0.014-0.016"
inlet and exhaust (0.35-0.40 mm)
Valve clearance, warm engine 0.016-0.018"
inlet and exhaust (0.40-0.45 mm)
All specifications are subject to change without notice.

pg. 118 Specifications (cont.)

Cooling system

Type Positive pressure, Closed system
Thermostat: begins to open at
(GL, GLE - 16 valve) 189° F (87° C)
(Turbo) 198° F (92° C)

Fan belts, designation: (GL, GLE - 16 valve) HC47cog x 1013
(Turbo) HC47cog x 1000

Coolant: Volvo coolant type C (blue-green)

Capacity: 10 US qts (9.5 liters)

Ignition System

Firing order 1-3-4-2
Ignition setting:
(GL) 12° B.T.D.C. at 750 rpm
(GLE 16 valve) 12° B.T.D.C. at 850 rpm
(Turbo) 12° B.T.D.C. at 750 rpm

Spark plugs (GL, Turbo GLE - 16 valve) Volvo P/N270.146-1
Spark plug gap 0.028-0.032" (0.7-0.8 mm)
Tightening torque 15-22 ft. lbs. (20-30 Nm)

Distributor, direction of rotation Clockwise

pg. 119 Specifications (cont.)


Manual or automatic transmission
Hypoid type final drive

Manual transmission M46 M47

Reduction ratios:
1st gear 4.03:1 4.03:1
2nd gear 2.16:1 2.16:1
3rd gear 1.37:1 1.37:1
4th gear 1:1 1:1
5th gear - 0.82:1
Overdrive 0.78:1 -
Reverse 3.68:1 3.68:1

Rear axle
Reduction ratios: 3.73:1

Automatic transmission AW70L & AW71

Reduction ratios:
1st gear 2.45:1
2nd gear 1.45:1
3rd gear 1:1
4th gear 0.69:1
Reverse 2.21:1

Rear axle
Reduction ratios 4.10:1

Automatic transmission AW 72 L ( 740 GLE - 16 valve)

Reduction ratios:
1st gear 2.83:1
2nd gear 1.49.1
3rd gear 1:1
4th gear 0.73:1
Reverse 2.70:1

Rear axle
Reduction ratios: 4.10:1

Speeds at 1000 engine rpm (manual transmission)

Rear axle ratio










1st gear







2nd gear







3rd gear







4th gear







Overdrive/5th gear














Front suspension

McPherson-type spring and strut suspension. Shock absorbers housed in strut casing. Rack-and-pinion steering.
Safety-type steering column.
The alignment specifications apply to an unloaded car, but include fuel, coolant, and spare wheel.
Toe-in, measured on the wheel rim: 5/64" +/- 1/64" (2 mm +/- 0.5 mm)
tire sides: 3/32" +/- 1/32" (2.5 +/- 1 mm)

All specifications are subject to change without notice.

pg. 120 Specifications (cont.)


12 V, negative ground.
Voltage-controlled alternator. Single-wire system with chassis and engine used as conductors.

Voltage 12 V
Battery, type Maintenance free
450 A/90 min
(GLE 16 valve 500A/90 min)
Electrolyte, specific gravity 1.28
Recharge at 1.23

Alternator, rated output 1120 W (GL, GLE - 16 valve)
1400 W (Turbo)
max. current 80 A (GL, GLE - 16 valve)
100 A (Turbo)

The following bulbs may be obtained from your nearest Volvo dealer:

Lights, 12 V

US bulb No.





65/45 W


Parking lights,front

turn signals, front

1157 N.A.

21/5 W/24/2.2 cp

BAY 15 d

turn signals, rear



BA 15s

Tail lights


5 W/4cp

BA 15s

Brake light


21 W/32cp

BA 15s

Tail light/brake light *



BA 15d

High-mounted brake light

21 W/32cp

BA 15s

Back-up lights


21 W/32cp

BA 15s

Rear fog light


21 W/32cp

BA 15s

License plate light

4 W

BA 9s

License plate light *

3 W

BA 9 s

Door warning lights

3 W

W 2.1x9.5d

Interior light

10 W


Reading lights, front

5 W

W 2.1x9.5d

Engine compartment light

10 W

SV 8.5

Trunk light

10 W

SV 8.5

Glove box light

2 W

BA9 s

Instrument lighting

3 W

W 2.1x9.5d

Lighting, control panel

1.2 W

Volvo P/N 966326

A/T selector

1.2 W

Volvo P/N 966362

Ashtray, rear

1.2 W

Volvo P/N966326

Warning lights/

Indicator lights

1.2 W

Volvo P/N966326

* Wagon

pg. 121 Specifications

Vehicle Loading

The tires on your Volvo should perform to specifications at all normal loads when inflated as recommended on the tire information label. The label is located on the rear-facing edge of the right-front door. This label lists both tire and vehicle design limits. Do not load your car beyond the load limits indicated.

Improperly inflated tire will reduce tire life, adversely affect vehicle handling and can possibly lead to failure resulting in loss of vehicle control prior warning.

Tool kit

Wheel nut wrench.
2 screwdrivers (1 Phillips, 1 standard)
Pry bar
2 open end wrenches.


Fuel tank (approx.) 15.8 US gal.
60 liters
Cooling System 10 US qts.
(9.5 liters)
Engine Except B234F 4.0 US qts. * 3.85 liters
at oil change B234F 4.2 US qts 4.0 liters
Manual transmission
(M46) 2.4 US qts
2.3 liters
(M47) 1.6 US qts
1.5 liters
Automatic transmission 7.9 US qts.
7.5 liters

Automatic transmission

Rear axle 1.7 US qts.
1.6 liters
Power steering gear 0.7 US qts.
0.7 liter
* Turbo: If oil cooler is drained, add 0.7 US qts (0.6 liter)

All specifications are subject to change without notice.

pg. 122 Service manuals

Service Manuals for your Volvo are available for purchase. These are the same manuals used by competent Volvo technicians.
Major sections within the Service Manual System include: 0-General Information; 1- Lubrication and Service; 2- Engine; 3- Electrical System; 4- Power Transmission; 5-Brakes; 6- Suspension and Steering; 7- Springs Shock Absorbers and Wheels; 8- Body and Interior.
A Service Manual Catalog/Order form was placed in the car prior to delivery from the dealer to you. Complete ordering information is provided.
Please note that these manuals may be offered for sale by your Volvo dealer. Prices charged by the dealer can vary from those listed in the brochure (according to Federal law).
Additional copies of the brochure/Order Form may be obtained from your Volvo dealer, or by mail directly from:
Volvo Cars of North America
Rockleigh Industrial Park
Rockleigh, New Jersey 07647
Attention: Volvo Service Literature

Note! The above pertains to USA only.

Volvo supports Voluntary Mechanic Certification by the A.S.E. Certified mechanics have demonstrated a high degree of competence in specific areas.
Besides passing exams each mechanic must also have worked in the field for two or more years before a certificate is issued. These professional mechanics are fully able to analyze vehicle problems and perform the necessary service procedures to keep your Volvo at peak operating condition.

Note that the above pertains to USA only.

Your new Volvo comes with a four year road assistance program named ON-CALL. Additional information, features, and benefits are described in a separate information package in your glove compartment.

Inside cover page

Detergents and solvents
Do not use gasoline containing lead or benzene as a detergent or solvent. Both lead and benzene are toxic and may be hazardous to your health.
Carbon monoxide is a poisonous, colorless and odorless gas which is present in all exhaust gases. If you ever smell exhaust fumes from inside the vehicle, make sure the passenger compartment is ventilated and immediately return the vehicle to your retailer for correction.
Never sit in a parked or stopped car for any extended amount of time, nor have it unattended while the engine is running.
Never operate the engine in confined, unventilated areas.

Back Cover

Volvo Car Corporation
Goteborg, Sweden
TP3056/1 (Canada 7 U.S.A.) 1.5M, 11.95
Printed in U.S.A

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