1977 Volvo 244 Review from North America

1977 Volvo 244 DL 2.1

Model year1977
Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.1 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired161840 miles
Most recent distance178834 miles
Previous carMercury Marquis

Summary:

Sturdy Swede That Outlasts Others

Faults:

A/c didn't work when purchased.

Wipers must be manually parked.

Windshield leaks onto passenger floorboard in rain (faulty gasket)

A/c blower motor started binding up at 170,000 miles.

Water pump started leaking at 175,000.

Front struts needed replacement at 174,000.

Exhaust developed rattle at 178,000.

General Comments:

This car was well cared for and looks and drives like a ten year old car.

Fuel economy has been consistant at 19mpg in city driving.

Very solid with no creaks or body/interior rattles.

Very very minimal rust; a small spot at the bottom of the spare tire well and another on the rocker panel inside the rear passenger side door.

This car is not terribly quick, but has adequate acceleration and handles like a sports car.

This has truly been a worry-free and impressive automobile.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th March, 2005

21st Mar 2005, 00:12

A Volvo 240 handles like a sports car???

14th Sep 2005, 10:17

(Disclaimer: I own a somewhat newer Volvo 200-series -- a 1990 4-door DL sedan.) Yes, I find my 240 to handle better than even most new cars. I have yet to do any modifications, like adding anti-sway bars.

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 1 review