1977 Volvo 242 DL B19
Cheap, reliable, comfy and even fast - car for the closefisted!
One wheel bearing had to be changed.
Broke a hole into the gas tank under excessive driving. Used gas tank found and installed for a smile at an independent local shop.
Very nice ride for the comfy-minded - the car is a sofa with wheels, built for long distances.
This is an engineer's car, as opposed to accountants (GM), race drivers (BMW) or marketing people (the French bunch) - meaning: Everything is dimensioned to last forever! Mechanically, this car is undestroyable, but mind the rust! This is a serious problem, especially around the wheels. Try to clean the water-run-off-holes in the doors every once in a while.
Though old Volvo engines sound like tractor machines, the 242 is significantly calmer than the station wagon 245.
I bought this car as a student, and it turned out to be a perfect choice. If you decide not to maintain it, ride far, much and hard, and sell it to some handyman within two or three years, this one will hardly cost more than the money spent on gas! It is cheap, but safe, it is ugly, but comfy, and visibility out of a brick is top class - you never need to wonder where your car ends. Have been a family man for a decade, now I am looking for another one of those.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th October, 2010
2nd Jul 2011, 09:30
Call me when your Volvo reaches 600.000 miles. My 87 Chevrolet Caprice has that mileage, and it's still going strong. Volvo engines don't last as long as the old cast-iron Chevy smallblock. My car still has the original 305 engine with its th2004R automatic transmission.
5th Oct 2015, 20:03
I've owned multiple Volvos, and multiple Chevrolets (and a Toyota and Mitsubishi). All were good cars for their own reason. The Volvo 1.8-2.3 and the Small Block Chevy are 2 of the best motors ever made. I have driven SBCs to 300k, but I have seen a couple Volvo redblocks with over a million.