Volvo 244 Review from Norway

1980 Volvo 244 DL 1.9

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.9 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired169000 kilometres
Most recent distance185000 kilometres


Good sedan for it's age


CO level too high, I had lots of trouble finding out why, changing this and that, changing lots of parts, eventually I had to change the entire carburettor. Surprising for a sturdy engine like the B19.

Brakes squeak like old Volvo's do.

The engine keeps overheating. Changed the thermostat, cleaned the radiator... Could be head gasket, but not losing any water. Annoying!

And of course it's rusting...

General Comments:

I was very satisfied when I came across this old car - low mileage, looked good for it's age and it was comfortable and spacey like Volvo's are. However, the carburettor thing was awfully bugging. That little thing cost me a lot of worries and a lot of parts that I didn't need after all... And now, as I am selling it, the engine keeps overheating when A) it's hot, and B) I'm driving uphill. Not good at all.

I've only had this for a year, but I'm surprised by the faults I've experienced. Though this is essentially a sturdy and reliable car - I guess it's just bad luck...

But generally; good comfort for a twenty-four year old car, though I miss my Amazon estate at times...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 2004

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 1 review