1992 Volvo 240 B230F

Summary:

Fantastically simple, well built and solid vehicle

Faults:

The major problems with the car were that the odometer had stopped, which is a common fault, and the air conditioner needed re gassing. There was also a slight leak with the diff oil and the idle was a bit rough. All but the odometer were cheap and easy fixes. I did not bother to fix the odometer.

General Comments:

I bought this car in December 2015 as a project car, with the intention of selling it for profit. At the time of buying the 240 I owned a 1989 740 16V and a 97 S70.

I love the simplicity of the 240 interior and the great boxy (even more so than the 740) exterior. I was disappointed with the lack of performance from the B230F engine and auto transmission, but I was under no illusion that it was going to be a fast car. The fuel consumption was also terrible, averaging at 13-14 in my month of ownership, which including long trips. It felt solid however, and the engine was smooth and quiet. There were no mechanical issues. The simplicity of the engine offsets its lack of power and poor fuel economy in my opinion.

Overall I loved the 240. It was always my intention to sell it, but it made me want another. I ended up buying a 1982 244 that had a 5 speed manual and a factory exchange Be GT engine in it. It is simultaneously much more fun to drive with stacks of power and also better on fuel. This is now my weekend car. Like the 240, the 244 has no mechanical issues and is a fantastic car in terms of build quality and design.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th July, 2016

1992 Volvo 240 GL 2.3

Summary:

An almost indestructible and legendary piece of 20th Century automotive history

Faults:

Overdrive relay died, meaning it lost 4th gear. $20 for a replacement.

When I bought it, the odometer was not working (a common failure, I am told). Also the heater was not working (opened up and removed clayish mud from heater). The clock was not connected to power for some reason, perhaps this happened when the newer stereo was installed, it works fine now. The door pockets were missing, I found some old ones, care must be taken to not kick them when getting in and out of the car, they are fragile.

The headlight adjustment was out, blinding other drivers; I had to tilt them down with an improvised replacement for the plastic thingies that had died. I think genuine replacements are available.

Sometimes is doesn't start like a new car. I had a 1990 Mazda that always started as good as new, even when 22 years old.

General Comments:

It has been a good old bomb, I have twice driven it from Melbourne to Tennant Creek (500km north of Alice Springs), also to Uluru, and back and forth between TC and Alice a few times. Otherwise, it has travelled from Sydney (where I bought it) and around Victoria.

I find the auto is too eager to shift down a gear, but that is preferable to the opposite in my opinion. I would prefer a manual, but they stopped making them some years before this one, so I went for the newest 240 I could find.

It's not a real speed machine and battles up hills at speed. Neither is it especially economical, maybe 9 litres per 100km in the country if you are careful, 12 around town. Reasonable economy I suppose.

The air conditioning is good, and the heater is very effective.

There is not the slightest hint of rust anywhere, and the paintwork is also in VGC.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th April, 2015

1992 Volvo 240 Classic B230FX

Summary:

An exemplar of design and engineering excellence

Faults:

Well maintained by previous owner. $28 fuel pump relay solved minor electrical problem. Tyres, shock-absorbers, and regular servicing, and it's ready to go for the next 100,000 plus kilometers.

General Comments:

This car has the best aircon... no, this car IS an air-conditioner on wheels - even on hot days it refrigerates.

The heater is even more effective, than the air-conditioner is at cooling, at heating! Man, you gotta turn that thing down and open the window a bit, it's freezing.

The B230FX engine is remarkably powerful, yet economical in-the long-run. Total of: purchase price + running costs compared with number of years of use/number of kilometers run.

Comfortable leather seats and lots of leg-room. Then of course there's the legendary boot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st May, 2012

21st May 2012, 12:35

I've heard of the B230F, but not the B230FX. What is the difference?