Volvo 244 Reviews from UK and Ireland

1975 Volvo 244 DL 2.1 CARB

Year of manufacture1975
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.1 CARB Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired85000 miles
Most recent distance88000 miles
Previous carVolvo 740


Retro Head Turning Tank!!!


Stromberg carb faults.

Welding required (But she is 32 years old!!!)

General Comments:

Bought this car as a non runner requiring some welding for £77!!!

Spent last summer welding and spraying, she looks great now.

Traced non running to cam belt which had skipped 3 teeth!!! - Non interference engine, so no damage. New cam belt on and she fired into life!!!

Stromberg carb is rubbish and needs keeping an eye on.

Body panels are tricky to get, mechanicals no problem.

This car is a true testament of the durability of older Volvo's.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd January, 2007

1982 Volvo 244 DL 2.1 manual

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.1 manual Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 miles
Most recent distance95000 miles


Well built, cheap and comfy!


Nothing was wrong with the car when I had it, just a bit rusty in the boot.

General Comments:

I bought this car for £30 and I'm going to use it for banger racing, not road use!

It had stood for 3 years without moving or having the engine run. I added a battery and away it went, amazing!

It drove home like it had been in use everyday and only had 1 sticking caliper. It's very comfortable, very easy to work on, is logically constructed and quite quick.

Although it's a bit thirsty and the handling is a bit boaty.

Crumple zones in the front and rear don't bode well on the banger track, it's going to get squashed quite easily, not as strong as some people think!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th May, 2001

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 2 reviews