1979 Volvo 244 Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1979 Volvo 244 dl 2.1

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.1 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 kilometres
Most recent distance525000 kilometres

Summary:

Best money I ever spent!

Faults:

The Water Pump seems to fail about every 150000klm.

The alternator has been replaced twice.

The Clutch failed at 200000kms and again at 460000kms.

The heating fan has failed about 3 times.

General Comments:

It's like driving a tank.

But has never left us on the side of the road.

We recently drove it 29,000kms around Australia and I would not hesitate to repeat this trip in it.

A slow vehicle off the mark, but one my family and I, feel safe in.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd July, 2003

1979 Volvo 244 GL 2.1 4 cylinder

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.1 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 kilometres
Most recent distance220000 kilometres

Summary:

Volvo is like no other!

Faults:

Usual wear and tear.

Replaced universal joints.

Back brakes twice in a year.

Fuel pump relay blown twice due to rain getting inside the car and dripping into it.

General Comments:

Although it's not the quietest car about, it is without a doubt the most dependable.

It has never let me down!

A little slow off the mark, but once on the freeway, easily outpaces cars of a similar class (Volvos are no snails!).

Built like a tank.

Steering is a little stiff,and taking corners with speed is a little hairy, but if you want a car that will go on forever, with just a little TLC, it's for you.

I've since moved on to a 760, but always will remember the great 244!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th March, 2001

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 2 reviews