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Body and interior

Page 2:1 Body and interior this index
Page 2:2 Doors and locks
Page 2:3 Central locking, Sun roof
Page 2:4 Interior lightning
Page 2:5 Rear view mirrors, inner and outer
Page 2:6 Front seats
Page 2:7 Child safety
Page 2:8 Seat belts
Page 2:9 Seat belts
Page 2:10 SRS
Page 2:11 SRS
Page 2:12 Boot
Page 2:13 Transportation of long loads
Page 2:14 Storage compartments
Page 2:15 Bonnet
Page 2:16 Refuelling

Page 2:2 Doors and locks

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Doors Doors

Door locks

The vehicle is equipped with a central locking
system. This means that the lock on the
driver's door controls the lock on the pas-
senger's door.

The passenger's door can also be locked
with the key but this does not affect the
central locking system.

Owners Key                                   Servicekey

This key operates all locks          This key operates the doors, ignition and steering wheel lock

Page 2:3 Central locking, Sun roof
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Central locking Sun roof
Central locking

The doors can be locked and unlocked from
the inside using the switch on the driver's
door armrest.
The doors are locked when the door buttons
are in the down position.

WARNING! The door buttons should not
be in the down position during driving.
In the event of a accident it will be diffi-
cult to gain access to the occupants of the
vehicle if the doors are locked.
Sun roof

The sun roof is manouvered electrically by a
switch on the dashboard - the ignition key
must be turned to position II. Once you re-
lease the switch the sun roof locks into posi-
tion. To close the sun roof depress the
opposite side of the switch.
If there is a fault in the electrical system so
that you are unable to close the sun roof
with the switch, it can be closed manually,
see 5:18 for instructions.
The sun roof is supplied with a manually
adjustable sun shade.
Note: do not slide the sun shade furher back
than the edge of the sun roof.

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Courtesy light, front reading lights    To avoid battery drain    Rear reading lights

Courtesy light, front reading

The courtesy lighting consists of a roof light
and reading lights for the front seats.
1 On
2 Off
3 The roof lights comes on when either of the
    doors are open.

The roof lights has a built-in timer which
switches off the light after approximately
7 seconds, thus giving you time to find the
ignition switch at night.

To avoid battery drain

The interior lighting and the red warning
lamps on the back edge of the doors turn on
when either of the door open for a
long period and want these lights turned off
press in the door contacts and turn them
clockwise a little. The lights switch off. When
the doors are closed again the contacts re-
turn to their normal postion.

Rear reading lights

There are two adjustable reading lights for
rear seat passengers. The lights are turned on
and off by the switches on the arm rests.
In order to switch these lights on the key
must be turned to "radio" position.

Page 2:5 Rear view mirrors
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Interior rear view mirror   Electrically operated door mirrors   Vanity mirror light

Interior rear view mirror

A Normal position
B Anti-dazzle position. Use this position to
    reduce the glare from the hedlamps
    behind you

Electrically operated door

The control switches are located in the dri-
ver's door arm rest.
A Adjusment sideways
B Adjustment up/down

The door mirror on the left-hand side is a
wide angle mirror which eliminates blind
spots. The door mirrors are heated to avoid
ice and mist.

Vanity mirror light

Both lamps light up when the cover is opened.

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Electrically operated front seats

The frontseats are electrically operated.
Using the switches on the side of the seats
you can adjust:
- the height of the seat (rear)
- the height of the seat (front)
- the forward-backward movement
- the backrest tilt

To gain access to the rear seats -
fold the backrest forward

To gain access to the rear you must fold the backrest forward. This
is locked in position but is released by a switch on the side of the back-
switch on the underside of the button. The seat will move forward as
long as the switch is depressed and the backrest is folded forward.

Electrically operated front seats To gain access to the rear seats - fold the backrest forward
                                                                 The STOP button cuts out the other controls. This is a safety feature
to prevent accidental movement of the seat.
A small crank is supplied with the tool kit. This can be used to adjust
the position of the seat (forward-backward and backrest tilt) if the
power control malfunctions. See 5:19.

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Child safety

An adult with a fastened seat belt in a Volvo is well protected in the
event of an accident, a sudden swerve or sharp braking.
In order to give your chideren the same protection follow the advice
given here about how where childeren-should be carried in the car.
Remember, childeren, irrespective of size or age, must always be
safely restrained in the car. Never let small childeren sit on a
passenger's lap.

Many countries have their own legislation governing how and where
childeren should be carried in the car. Find out about the regulations
existing in you county.
The best type of protection depends on the size of the child. Childeren
can be classified into 3 groups for this purpose:


Babies who are unable to sit up alone should sit in a suitable re-
straint. Seats are available even for new-born babies so that they can
travel as safely as older childeren.
Your volvo dealer will be pleased to advise you regarding the correct
type af restraint for your child.

Childeren - from when they can sit to a height of
117 cm (under approx. 18 kg)

Childeren in this group should always travel in a child safety seat. The
seat you use should comply with the regualtions in force in your
Never use the type seat which hooks on or suspends from the rear
seat backrest. The child safety seat may be positioned against the
backrest but should be secured independently to the body of the car.
To ensure that the passenger seat does not move lock with STOP
An approved Volvo seat is available from your Volvo dealer.
Child safety

Childeren taller than 117 cm (over approx. 18 kg)

Once the child has grownout the child safety seat he should sit on a
Volvo safety cushion in the rear seat with the standard 3-point seat
belt fastened. This cushion is available at your Volvo dealer.
The cushion is specially designed so that the seat lap belt sits as far
down on the hips as possible and ensures that your child is pro-
tected in the event of an accident.
The use of seat belts is described overleaf.

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Seat belts ligh

Two warning lamps, one on the dashboard and
one in the rear seat, flash if the driver has not
fastened his seat belt.

Fastening belt Lap belt low on hips

Seat belts should always be worn

Even abrupt stops can result in serious con-
sequences if you or your passengers do not
use the seat belts.
Ask all passengers to use the belts. Remember
in the event of an accident, unbelted rear
seat passengers will be thrown forward
against the front seats which will then be
placed under considerable strain, more than
they are intended to take. As a result all
occupants may be seriously injured.
The front and rear seats are equipped with
inertia-reel seat belts.
To fasten:
Pull the belt slowly from the holder and
insert the belt tongue into the buckle until
you hear a snap and feel the latch engage.

The belt is normally not locked and you can
move freely. The reel locks the belt im-
  • if the belt is pulled too quickly
  • when braking and accelerating
  • if the car is at a very sharp angle
  • during hard concerning.
    To ensure maximum protection it is important
    that the belt is adjusted to obtain a snug fit.
  • the belt must not be twisted
  • the lap belt must be positioned low on the
       hips (not pressing against the abdomen).
  • Adjust the fit of the lap belt by pulling the
    shoulder portion of the belt as illustred.

    the belt is designed for one person only, a
    special safety feature in the 780 is the belt
    tensioner. In the event of a collision the
    tensioners are designed to immediately tighten
    the seat belt and therefore protect the
    occupant from being thrown forward.

    To release:
    Press in the red button and allow the belt to
    retract fully into the holder.

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    Seat belt check Pregnant women

    Seat belt check

    Inspect the belts periodically for sign of
    abrasion or wear and ensure that the scews
    for the anchorage points are correctly
    Use water and a mild detergent for cleaning
    soiled seat belts.
    Check the locking action of the inertia reel by:
  • jerking the belt strongly
  • braking abruptly at 50 km/h or turning a
    tight circle while pulling on the belt (traffic conditions permitting).
    Note:In some countries the legislation states
    that everyone in the car must fasten their
    seat belts.

  • Pregnant woman
    Pregnant woman should always wear seat
    It is very important that care is taken when
    adjusting the belt to ensure that the pal belt
    is worn low and snug to prevent any pressure
    on the abdomen. See above.

    The centre lap belt is not of the inertia reel
    type and must be adjusted to the most
    suitable position so that if fits snugly on the


    If a belt has been to considerable strain -for example a collsion - the
    entire seat belt, i.e., the seat belt including the retracting and locking mechanism plus all
    anchorage bolts, must be replaced, even if it appears undamaged, since its energy absorb-
    ing properties will have been affected.
    Both seat belts in the front seat must be replaced after an accident, even if only one of
    the belt was in use. This is because the belt tensioner is no longer operative. Should you
    have any enquiries regarding the use of the seat belts, consult the manufacturer or agent.
    Never make alternations or additions to a belt on your own but have this done by a Volvo

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    The Volvo SRS consists of a driver's side airbag with a driver's side
    knee bolster. The system is designed to supplement the protection
    provided by the three-point seat belt system.
    The airbag is folded and located in the centre of the steering wheel.
    It is released only during a frontal or frontal-angular collision in which
    the forces sustained by the car are equivalent to an impact into an
    immovable barrier at the speed of approximately 12 mph (19 kph) or

    The airbag system includes a gas generator (1), surrounded by the airbag itself (2). In the event of a considerable impact the sensor (3) activates
    the gas generator causing the airbag to be inflated. to cushion the
    impact the airbag is gradually emptied as it is compressed by the
    movement of the driver. At the same time some smoke is expelled into
    the car.
    The entire process, including inflation and deflation of the airbag, takes
    approximately two-tenths of a second.


    As its name implies, SRS is designed to be a
    SUPPLEMENT to - not a replacement for - the three-point belt
    system. The airbag is not designed to be released in the event of
    a side or rear-end collision, or during a rollover situation. For
    maximum protection, wear seat belts at all times.


    Do not attempt to service any component of the SRS
    yourself. Attempting to do so may result in serious personal injury.
    Of the need for services arises, take your car to the nearest authorized
    Volvo Dealer for inspection as soon as possible.

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    A self-diagnostic system incorporated in the sensor monitors the SRS.
    If a fault is detected, the "SRS" warning light will illuminate. The light
    is included in the warning/indicator light cluster in the instrument panel.
    Normally, the SRS warning light will be illuminated along with the other
    warning/indicator lights when the ignition key is turned to the ON
    position (position II), and go out a short time after the engine has been
    started. Check that this light is funcioning properly every time the car
    is started.
    There is no maintenance to perform on the SRS yourself. The only
    periodic maintenance recommended on the SRS is that the air bag
    module and the sensor unit should be replaced every ten years and
    that the other components in the system (wiring, connectors, etc.)
    should also be inspected at this time. This service must be performed
    by an authorized Volvo dealer.

    Should you have any questions about the SRS sytstem, please contact
    your authorized Volvo Dealer.


    If the warning lights stays on after the engine has
    started or if it comes on while you are driving, drive the car to the
    nearest authorized Volvo Dealer for inspection as soon as possible.

    Page 2:12 Boot

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    Boot Boot, Jack

    Opening the boot

    The boot lock can be released automatically
    by actuating a push button switch in the
    glove box.
    The lock can also be released by using the
    release lever situated in the rear pillar on
    the driver's side.
    Always lock the boot with the key when you
    leave the car. The lock is also situated in the
    rear pillar on the driver's side.

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    If use is made of the boot hatch to carry
    luggage it is essential that the load is
    secured safely to prevent injury to occu-
    pants in the event of sudden braking.
    Sharp edges should be covered for

    Boot lighting Boot hatch


    Take care when loading/unloading the
    vehicle. Always turn off the engine and
    apply the parking brake. this will prevent
    the vehicle from moving if the gear lever
    is accidentally moved out of neutral.

    Boot lighting

    A The light is allways off
    B The light comes on when the boot is opened

    Boot hatch

    The panel behind the rear seat armrest can
    be removed if long objects are to be trans-
    Please note that only light loads should be
    carrie in this way.
    Max. lengt 2m
    Max. weight 15 kg

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    Storage compartments
    Page 2:15 Bonnet, Engine compartment lightning
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    Opening the bonnet  Open catch fully  Engine compartment light

    Opening the bonnet

    Pull the release lever beneath the left-hand
    end of the dashboard. The bonnet will spring
    out of its lock.
    Lift up the bonnet slightly and depress the
    safety catch. Open de bonnet.

    Check that the bonnet locks properly when
    closing it.

    The normal opening position for the bonnet is
    approximately 55°. By turning the catches on
    the hinges as illustrated, the bonnet can be
    opened to a vertical position. The catches
    return to their normal position on closing the
    Take care in low roof garages

    Engine compartment light

    A the light is always off.
    B The light comes on when the bonnet is

    Page 2:16 Refuelling
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    Unleaded fuel

    Your vehicle is equipped with a catalytic
    converter and can only be run unleaded
    fuel. Otherwise the catalytic converter will
    become ineffective.
    Fuel cap cover Tank opening

    Fuel cap cover

    A switch on the dashboard opens the fuel cap
    cover. The ignition key must be in position II
    You can also open the fuel cap cover by
    pulling the release lever which is situated in
    the rear pillar on the driver's side.

    Refuelling-unleaded fuel

    The fuel cap is located behind the flap on
    the left hand wing. The cap can be placed in
    the bracket on the inside of the cover when
    refuelling. After filling the tank, screw on
    the cap until a click is heard. The tank can
    hold 80 litres.

    text en picture's from Owners manual Model year 1990

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