Chapter 9 - (cont.)
Specifications pg. 125
Power transmission

Automatic transmission:

Reduction ratios: / AW 40
1st gear / 2.80:1
2nd gear / 1.53:1
3rd gear / 1:1
Overdrive / 0.71:1
Reverse / 2.39:1

Rear axle:
Reduction ratio / 3.73:1

All specifications are subject to change without notice.

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 unladen car, but include fuel, coolant, and spare wheel.
Toe-in, measured on the wheel rim: 2.2 mm +/- 1.0 mm (15" wheels)
wheel rim: 2.3 mm +/- 1.0 mm (16" wheels)
tire sides: 2.8 +/- 1.3 mm

Rear Suspension

Multi-link rear wheel suspension consisting of four elements per side: a trailing support arm with load leveling shock absorber ("Nivomat" level-regulating system on certain models), an upper L-shaped link, a lower traverse link, and an angled rear track rod to control wheel toe-in.
Toe-in, measured at the wheel rim: (0.4+/- 0.5 mm)
tire sides: (0.5+/- 0.8mm)
Specifications pg. 126
Electrical system

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

Voltage 12 V
Capacity 600 A/125 min

The battery contains corrosive and poisonous acids. It is of the utmost importance that old batteries are disposed of correctly. Your Volvo retailer can assist you in this matter.

Rated output 1400 W (certain models: 1680 W)
max. current 120 Amp (certain models: 120 Amp)


Bulb Trade No. Power Socket No. of bulb
Headlights HBI/9004 65/45 W 2
Parking lights,
turn signals, front 1157 N.A. 21/5 W/24/2.2 cp BAY 15 2
turn signals, rear 1156 21W/32cp BA 15s 2
Tail lights 2x67 5W/4cp BA 15s 2
Brake light 1156 21 W/32cp BA 15s 2*
Tail light/Brake light 1157 21/5W/32/3cp BA 15d 2**
High-mounted brake light 1156 21 W/32cp BA 15s 1
Back-up lights 1156 21 W/32cp BA 15s 2
Rear fog light 1156 21 W/32cp BA 15s 1
Front fog lights GE881 27 W 2

** Wagon

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

Bulbs Power Socket No. of bulbs
License plate light (wagon) 4W BA 9s 2
(sedan) 5W W2.1x9.5d 2
Door warning lights 3W W2.1x9.5d 4
Interior light 10 W SV8.5 1
Reading lights, front 5W W2.1x9.5d 2
rear 5W W2.1x9.5d 2
Trunk light 10 W SV8.5 1
Glove box light 2W BA9 s 1
Instrument lighting 3W W2.1x9.5d 3
Ashtray rear 1.2 W Volvo P/N966326 1
Seat belt lock 1.2 W Volvo P/N966326 1
Instrument warning/
indicator lights 1.2 W Volvo P/N966326

All specifications are subject to change without notice

Specifications pg. 127
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 without prior warning.

All specifications are subject to change without notice.

Fuel tank (approx.) 21.1 US gal.*
80 liters
Cooling System 10.5 US qts.
(10 liters)
Engine 5.9 US qts. **
at oil change 5.75 liters
Engine, 5.5 US qts. **
excl. oil filter 5.15 liters
Automatic transmission 7.9 US qts.
7.5 liters
Rear axle 1.4 US qts.
1.3 liters
Power steering gear 0.8 US qts.
0.8 liter

*"Usable" capacity - 20.3 US gallons (77 liters)
** if oil cooler is drained, add 0.47 US qts (0.4 liter)

Service manuals, Road assistance pg. 128
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.

All specifications are subject to change without notice.

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.

If you have misplaced your package, dial:
In the U.S.A.
1-800-63-VOLVO (1-800-638-6586)
In Canada:
Specifications pg. 129
Dimensions and weights

U.S.A. and Canada
Length (sedan) / 191.8 in (487.1 cm)
Length (wagon) / 191.4 in (486.1 cm)
Width / 68.9 in (175 cm)
Height, Sedan / 56.6 in (141 cm)
Wagon / 57.6 in (145 cm)
Wheelbase / 109 in (277 cm)
Track, front / 59.2 in (150 cm)
Sedan rear / 59.7 in (152 cm)
Wagon rear / 59.7 in (152 cm)
Turning circle, (between curbs) / 31.8 ft. (9.7 m)
Cargo capacity
sedans / 16.6 cu. ft. (0.49 m wagons (rear seat up) / 39.3 cu. ft. (1.1 m)
wagon (rear seat down) / 74.9 cu. ft. (2.1 m)

Weights / Canada only

Curb weight (sedan) / 3439-3530 lbs (1560-1601 kg) 1562-1604 kg
Curb weight (wagon) / 3536-3591 lbs (1604-1629 kg) 1602-1627 kg
Gross vehicle weight (sedan) / 4450 lbs (2018 kg) 2020kg
Gross vehicle weight (wagon) / 4630 lbs (2100 kg) 2100 kg
Capacity Weight (sedan)* / 919 lbs (417 kg) 416 kg
Capacity Weight (wagon)* / 1038 lbs (471 kg) 473 kg
Permissible axle weight, front (sedan) / 2170 lbs (984 kg) 980 kg
front (wagon) / 2160 lbs (979 kg) 980 kg
rear (sedan) / 2310 lbs (1048 kg) 1050 kg
rear (wagon) / 2530 lbs (1148 kg) 1150 kg
Max. roof load ** / 220lbs (100 kg)
Max. trailer weight (w/o brakes) 1100 lbs (500 kg)
Max. trailer weight (with brakes - 2" ball) / 3300 lbs (1500 kg)
Max. trailer weight (with brakes - 1 7/8" ball) / 2000lbs (908 kg)
Max. trailer tongue weight / 165 lbs (75 kg)
See also section "Trailer hauling".
Consult your Volvo retailer for information.

*The max permissible axle loads or gross vehicle weight must not be exceeded.

** For permanent roof racks, check the manufacturer's weight specifications.

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

All specifications are subject to change without notice.

Previous Page  Next Page

Contents | Top of Page