1990 Volvo 240 DL Fuel injected 2.3 inline four (no turbo)
With a little care and a grand, this Swedish sedan can last forever. Buy one if you see it
After buying it, I had to fix many things that weren't very hard to do. Even if this list shows a lot of fixes, I'm proud to say that I fixed mostly all of them myself, without even setting foot on the dealership lot.
Odometer froze at 193000 miles, but after talking to a few other owners who've had theirs break at 170000, it's a predictable problem.
Had to replace the battery that was made around the early 2000's.
Pieced broken center console back together (it's predictable for 23 year old plastic).
Passenger seat wobbles a little and can't be adjusted.
Fixed a open short in the horn.
Short in one of the speakers.
Needs a front end alignment, and the tires need to be rotated and balanced.
Replaced the spark plugs.
Replaced the spark plug wires.
Replaced the air filter.
Changed the oil.
Going to do a rear end flush, a transmission flush, and a radiator flush when I can.
I came across this car at the end of 2012, after the daughter of a woman who was retired was selling it for her, because she didn't need it for driving anymore.
I consulted one of my relatives who used to sell Volvo's from the early 60's to the early 70's, and he basically said "In Switzerland where they were made, they aren't bought, they're handed down. Buy it, it's still got some more miles left on it".
So I bought this car to commute in for a very low price of 500, because it had been sitting under a carport for the last few years. It has a little bit of a slow takeoff, but it has no problem getting on the highway. Gas mileage on this brick-like tank isn't very great, especially for a car with a four cylinder with only 12 gallons to the gas tank, but I can't complain for something this old.
It has never died on me in drive or in park, nor refused to start despite its young age of 23 years. If I haven't mentioned it already, everything that was wrong with the car was not out of my ability (I am not a mechanic).
When I discuss the car with my friends, they don't believe me and usually say "ugh.. a Volvo?" until they see it. When they finally see it, they love the way it looks and how "Fancy" it is compared to their newer cars, that usually cost more and are sometimes in the shop.
I love the car, and I would take it on a long trip because:
- It's comfy.
- It's roomy.
- It has plenty of trunk space.
- It takes bumps pretty good, despite its age.
- It's built like a tank.
- It's reliable.
- It even has seat warmers THAT STILL WORK.
You would have to pull a cash-4-clunkers (salt/sand water in place of engine oil) on it for it to actually die. I would recommend a Volvo 240 from this time era hands down, despite its age. Buy one if you need a dependable car. I wouldn't settle for a different car in this price range and age.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 24th January, 2013
"Odometer froze at 193000 miles, but after talking to a few other owners who've had theirs break at 170000"
This always results from a small plastic gear behind the odometer breaking; it's an easy fix if you have the right screwdrivers.
I want to note that Volvos were made in Sweden.
The gas mileage could indeed be better, but I've noticed that if you run the car on premium, the gas mileage and performance improve a bit, I tried this after reading the owners manual, it suggests only plus or premium fuel.
Fuel tank capacity for the 240 was 15.8 gallons. If yours only holds 12 gallons, there's something wrong with it.