1983 Volvo 240 DL Wagon 2.3L gas from North America
I could drive it forever if I didn't hate the performance
Poor acceleration performance after purchase was tracked down to a clogged fuel injector. This was inexpensive ($30) and easy to replace by myself.
No mechanical problems aside from injector. Numerous electrical problems with electrical accessories, mostly on the tailgate of the car. All were present before I purchased the car. All, save one, were easy to fix by rewiring.
Air conditioner blower motor failed and was extremely difficult to access. Accessing and replacement required over 10 hours of dash removal. If possible find a car in which the motor has already been replaced. Since I performed the repair myself, labor wasn't an issue, but were I to have it replaced at the dealer I would expect it to be horribly expensive.
I purchased the car for $850 which considering the amazing reliability of the car makes it a remarkably good deal. This car's engine is built like a tank. It has more mileage than most cars have in a lifetime, and it still runs like new, which is remarkable.
Unfortunately it is also the slowest car I've ever driven. 0-60mph takes over 12 seconds which is in line with its rated 111 horsepower. An engine this small should never have been taxed to haul a car weighing over 3000 pounds. I hate how slow it is. If you're at all interested in performance do not buy this car.
Handling is sub-par compared to anything made in the last 10 years. This would likely be significantly improved by new shocks and struts, but replacing all four of them would cost half the original purchase price of the car.
Ironically contrasting with the car's overall performance is the braking system, which is very very good. The tires are wide enough to not lock up under heavy braking and the 4 wheel disc brakes (well ahead of their time) stop the car very quickly.
Gas mileage is somewhat good, being 20-23mpg on average. Were I not constantly flooring the gas pedal to give it remotely acceptable performance, it would probably get better fuel economy.
The car is incredibly roomy. The back seat makes you feel like you're in a limosine. The legroom is very good. Leather seating is nice but the driver's seat is badly worn.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st June, 2001
16th Jul 2001, 16:33
If you think your Volvo is slow you should try driving an 83 Volvo diesel. That's what I have and, like you, the only reason I won't keep it forever is because its the slowest car I've ever driven. I bought it for a highway commute this summer and I will get rid of it in September.