1984 Volvo DL B230F 2.3L
The Perfect Car.
-High Beam Switch.
-Rear Brakes and Rotors.
-Needed a new rack and pinion.
Not bad for $300 is all I can say.
Well I bought this car for $300. I knew this car needed work. The engine looped when it idled for about 5 minutes until it was fully warmed up. It had a substantial amount of rust all over the car, the odometer and speedometer didn't work and it needed new brakes, so a lot was wrong with it. But I did fix everything except the odometer and speedometer. The car ran great! For $300, I had so much fun and made so many memories with that car. It is the safest, and most simplistic car to work on, hands down. The previous owner of this car showed me a scratch in the bumper where a 94 Mustang slammed into him at 40MPH. After that I was sold on the car, and 240s! Unfortunately the car had a lot of rust and rot, so the car would not pass R.I. inspections.. So it sits in my yard.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st December, 2004
Rust is the ONLY thing that will kill a 240 and even very rusted, they are designed NOT to become unsafe : suspension mounting points, etc are always sound.
If one can find a rust-free specimen and keep it that way, the Volvo 240 will last - indefinitely - they are as well built as the better (older) Mercedes and simpler to repair.
However a badly rusted one can drive you crazy with electrical problems - a leaky winshield seal can let water into the fuse box (no fun at all) and really mess the entire electrical system. But that can be fixed...
How did you fix the engine idling problem?