Volvo 244 Review from Belgium

1978 Volvo 244 DL "Blue Star" 2.1 gas

Model year1978
Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1978
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.1 gas Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired250000 kilometres
Most recent distance350000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 140

Summary:

Best car ever driven

Faults:

Exhaust line 2 years after purchase, while in a trip in Finland. The local dealer did not have the spare in stock, so he built up himself the intermediate line.

The alternator blew out 9 years later, which was OK due to the mileage.

Some rust began to appear close to the rear lights and under the rear wheel compartment, which is a common issue on 14X and 24X.

General Comments:

This car is solid as a rock. I bought it from my father who purchased it new. It's extremely comfortable and reliable. It lacks some extra power, but 100BHP back in the late seventies was already enough.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th August, 2005

14th May 2009, 10:43

Oh yes! It is 2009 now and I have driven all kinds of new cars, including MB S-Klasse and BMW 7-series. Still my rugged old 244 feels better to them, thanks to good space and balanced ride and - of course - swedish engineering. Only they know, who have driven it...

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 1 review