The Results Are IN – A ROWE Stress Test in a high mile Volvo 740


The Volvo 740; a vehicle that is assumed to run forever.  However, people are still always surprised to hear when your car has 500,000 miles on it. One way to get there is to always use high quality synthetic fluids, and that’s what David’s done with his 1989 Volvo 740 GL, which had an odometer reading of 489,663 by the time his ROWE Stress Test was over.  Under the hood lives the famous Redblock 4 cylinder 2.3l B230 engine, which you can read more about here: Get to know an engine – Volvo B230 Redblock.

This standard GL isn’t equipped with a turbo, or the fancy 16v head that made it on to some cars in 1989.  As they say “slow and steady wins the race”.  In this case, the race was won strictly due to outliving all other competitors.  David went longer than the 5,000 miles that we requested for the ROWE Stress Test, leaving the ROWE Synt RS HC-D 5w40 in his oil sump for a hair under 9,000 miles.  This is a state-of-the-art HC synthesis technology based, premium, multi-grade, low- viscosity engine oil for use in gasoline and diesel engines. Meets the following specifications and approvals:

-API SN/CF
-ACEA A3/B4
-BMW LL-01
-MB 226.5, 229.5
-Porsche A40
-GM-LL-B-025
-VW 502 00 / 505 00

Half a liter of oil was used to top up between oil changes.  Anyway, here’s what Blackstone has to say about the oil:

“Universal averages show typical wear for this Volvo engine type after about 4,200 miles of oil use. Following a longer run, cylinder-area wear (aluminum, chrome, iron) is still average, and that’s impressive. There is some extra copper (brass/bronze parts), but we’re wondering if that might be wear-in, with the silicon from harmless sealers/lubes needed to complete the work. If not, just go over air filtration, in case the silicon is dirt. A longer run should be fine.”

ROWE Stress Test Volvo 740

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  1. I was wondering when this was going to come out. Good to know that using synthetic in my car is paying off! By the way, I have a picture of the car I can send you for the blog. The copper/brass residue might also be from the previous drain plug I had on there, which was a screw-on universal type that wouldn’t come off at the 5K interval. That was the delay that led to the extra mileage, making sure I had a replacement drain plug before I took that one off, as it required a crowbar to remove it. An 11K oil change interval means the next one will be part of the 500,000 mile service, so I’ll add that to the celebration! Thanks Adam!

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