Volvo 244 Reviews from France

1976 Volvo 244 DL B20A

Model year1976
Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission B20A Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired132000 kilometres
Most recent distance210000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz 190

Summary:

"No sports!" but torque!

Faults:

The "B 20 A" petrol engine sometimes lacks power;

it seems to say as Winston Churchill did: "No sports!".

Stock front seats were losing horsehair; swapped with newer Volvo 240 ones.

The engine has a new Zenith Stromberg carburettor for better daily reliability. "Only stock".

General Comments:

An "Old school" Volvo that you can drive every day.

The "B 20 A" petrol engine is full of torque at low and mid-revs. A trailer is never noticeable.

This gearbox "M 45" is pleasant to shift.

Though a 4-speed manual gearbox, the car is silent if driving under 110 km/h.

Very comfortable front and back seats.

Bright and roomy cabin, and a huge boot.

Though a king-size body, it's very safe to handle.

Easy to service on its own.

Huge choice of spare parts available at one's Volvo dealer or E-dealers.

Does 10.5 l/100 on average, using 98 unleaded petrol.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th January, 2014

1978 Volvo 244 L 1.9

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.9 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 kilometres
Most recent distance118000 kilometres
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

A car for life

Faults:

Rust appears at the back of the car.

I had to change the water pump, battery and exhaust pipes. For a 23 year old car, quite normal.

Nothing else to change.

General Comments:

A very solid car, comfortable and reliable. Performance and driving are not uptodate.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th August, 2001

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 2 reviews