1982 Volvo 264 GLE 2.8 petrol
Powerful, if you can afford the fuel, but don't fancy yourself doing any work under the bonnet
Wouldn't start (water damaged).
Two of the electric windows don't work (red dust gets in the electrics).
Electric aeriel/radio didn't work.
Good power (spins the wheels easily).
Ridiculous setup under the bonnet (couldn't even get to the spark plugs without dismantling half the engine)
Lots of gages so you can keep an eye on everything (outside temperature gage, tachometre, battery gage).
Power windows handy.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th September, 2004
Forgot to mention that engine access is a nightmare for maintenance. Obviously designed by "boffins" Wasn't really meant to last 29 years without a major rebuild. All alloy block with wet steel liners not suited to "hard" water.
This is a nice solid car with only a few bad points. The main one is the BW55 transmission is smooth, but not that strong.
Accessing spark plugs is not too difficult if you have the right socket and extensions. If you fit platinum plugs, you will have a 4 year gap in plug changes. Older cars will need the injectors replaced, as the poor injector spray pattern will give poor fuel economy, as will a badly adjusted fuel distributor co idle setting.
Having electronic distributor means a service is generally an oil and filter change.
One feature I like is the Girling 4 pot calipers on the front, and 2 pot ATE calipers at the rear. If driven sensibly, brake pads last for a very long time.
Volvo 200 series bodies are incredibly long lived due to great rustproofing. Whether a six or a four cylinder, these cars are great cheap motoring if you like a comfortable car that has very predictable handling.