1989 Volvo 240 Reviews from North America - Page 5 of 5

1989 Volvo 240 DL 1.4

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.4 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired121000 miles
Most recent distance165000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Custom Cruiser

Summary:

Loved it so much, we bought another one!

Faults:

The only problem we have ever had with this vehicle was the circuit board in the right tail light lost it's conductivity. We had to replace the tail light.

My vehicle needs to be repainted. The clear coat and paint didn't seem to hold up real well on my once silver car. Has the look of brushed stainless steel now.However, the body of the vehicle has stayed rust free after 15 years, even with it being outside all the time and in snow and salt.

General Comments:

The suspension on this car makes it not handle all that great, especially while cornering.

The seats could be more comfortable. They are hard to adjust to get them exactly the way you would like them to feel.

Like it's earlier predecessors, this car is made for safety and durability. It does not have the tons of power American cars have, and doesn't like to go much over 75 mph, and it can take quite awhile for it to get up and go.

A winter package is the way to go with this vehicle. Not only does it give you an early version of traction control, but it also provides heated seats for those really cold mornings, if you live anywhere that is prone to freeze.

Routine maintenance is easy to do yourself, and the engine compartment is highly user friendly. There is plenty of room, everything is clearly marked, and oil changes to brake pads are fairly uncomplicated to do. I was shocked to find out that replacement pads for the brakes were under $20 at any auto parts store. Aftermarket rotors, under $30. It doesn't get any better than this!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st March, 2004

2nd Apr 2005, 19:28

We're on our second used 240 wagon, a 1989 manual, and we love it. It's incredibly spunky. I'd recommend a manual if you can find one! We found that putting 205/70 -14 tires on the car (not the recommended size, but will work fine) improves the cornering roll tremendously.

1989 Volvo 240 DL 1.4

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.4 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired230000 miles
Most recent distance281000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Calais

Summary:

A reliable car that feels like a tank:)

Faults:

Needed new brake pads, gasket went on the engine (where you pour the oil into) AC dosen't work anymore.

The only problem I have with my volvo is that in the damp weather the car hesitates and will stall for the first 10 - 15.

General Comments:

Great Car. This thing is a tank. I got into a accident, somebody pulled a you turn in front of me and I couldn't stop. I hit him dead on. the only damage that I had was I broke my passenger side turning light glass. The bulbs were still intact and working.

This Car just loves to be driven it keeps asking for more.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th July, 2003

23rd Sep 2004, 12:06

I also have a 1989 Volvo 240 DL and I have those same problems with mine and I do not know if there has been any recalls on them, but if you know of any please someone let me know.

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 13 reviews