1990 Volvo 245 Reviews from North America

1990 Volvo 245 2.3L

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.3L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 miles
Most recent distance320000 miles
Previous carVolvo 240

Summary:

Drove like a dream

Faults:

Replaced water pump, front end bushings, rear engine seal.

General Comments:

Amazing, reliable, comfortable, wonderful car. Ran smooth and never let me down.

I bought it for 2500 dollars and put 150000 miles on it. Great highway car, ugly, people made fun of it, but it just kept on going.

Everything on the car will eventually wear out and get replaced, but the engine just keeps turning.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 15th November, 2010

1990 Volvo 245 DL 2.3L petrol

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.3L petrol Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired250000 miles
Most recent distance275000 miles
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

Cheap, reliable, boxy, comfortable car

Faults:

Windshield motor went out the day I bought it ($90 new from IPD).

Drivers seat foam was shot, but the seat skin was perfect ($20 for a good pair used).

Starter and ignition switch went after about 5,000 miles of me having it ($100 for a new starter with lifetime warranty, and $75 for a new ignition switch).

The tail hatch wiring harnesses were shot from day one and only cost $26 from IPD and took a lazy 1.5 hours to replace.

Some suspension bushings are worn out, but that is to be expected with the high miles. Haven't got around to replacing them, not a big deal.

General Comments:

Great for people that are car savvy, ie, don't mind working on their cars. The easiest car to work on, ever.

For $950 its the perfect car. TONS of room, though I think it adds to the road noise.

In no sense of the word is this car fast, but feels great on twisty roads. That could be the $75 'Turbo' sway bars I installed.

For being such a long car and long wheel base, this car turns on a dime in parking lots, and can parallel park in all but smart car size spaces.

I see this car, stock engine and transmission, going to 350,000 miles or more.

Best of all the drivers side heated seat still works.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 29th June, 2008

1990 Volvo 245 DL

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Manual
Distance when acquired85000 miles
Most recent distance90000 miles

Summary:

Love my Volvo 245

General Comments:

Built like a tank, comfortable and reliable. The LH3.1 fuel injection system is a nightmare and super expensive to fix (LH3.1 on 90-93 Manula cars). Handles well enough for a heavy car and has never let me down.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th June, 2008

21st Jun 2008, 23:44

What goes wrong with the injection system?

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 3 reviews