1986 Volvo 240 from North America


Best car ever! Would love to have another!


Needed to replace air valve, brakes, lighting issues and computer.

General Comments:

Drives well on and off the highway. Great car, and can always count on it, no matter what. Mileage means means nothing, because even at 200k, it still runs wonderfully.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th February, 2011

1986 Volvo 240 GL B230F from North America


Overpriced Chevy Corsica


Problems have included:

1. Brake master cylinder - $100.00.

2. Timing belt - 15.00 - luckily it's not a clearance engine (mechanic bartered for install $$$).

3. Entire engine wiring harness - harness ALONE $400.00 on the web ($250.00 more for mechanic to install - no odometer since).

4. Water pump grenaded into radiator - 200.00 for water pump, radiator, fan, clutch, labor.

5. Automatic trans has NEVER shifted into 4th gear. Replaced relay, no help. I don't have a garage to park it in to remove the trans and bypass the external solenoid.

6. Windshield with more bubbles than a bubble bath.

7. Decrepit leather interior - leather is crispy - see #11 below.

8. Disintegrated door map pockets.

9. Disintegrated front and rear turn signal assemblies (thanks, eBay, or I'd never pass another inspection) - $150.00 so far to replace 3 of 4 assemblies.

10. "Glove box" door plastic "hinge" broke, door crashed to the floor, disintegrated. I now have a "glove hole".

11. Most plastic trim in interior has disintegrated - crispy, like a potato chip. Push on the rear package shelf and watch the chunks break off.

General Comments:

My brick has been a money pit - spent more time parked than on the road in the approximately 4 years I've owned it.

My local Volvo dealer refuses to service it: "Our computer doesn't go back that far"...

When operational, it runs well enough. Even without 4th gear, it gets roughly 30 MPG at 65 MPH. Doesn't leak oil, decent handling and braking. Interior and exterior (paint) have not held up well under southwest sun and heat.

If you think these are cheap/easy to service yourself, either you are a mechanic or you have a very well equipped, heated garage.

135,000 miles.

In short: For a "luxury" car, it is an expensive piece of crap. Any car will go 500,000 miles if you throw enough money at it. I owned a 1975 International Scout II (160,000 miles when I sold it) - I'd trade in a minute. The Scout was crude, rode like a buckboard, and got only 15 MPG, but except for 1 busted shock, it NEVER broke - even with all of the off-roading I did with it. I'd compare it to a 1988 Chevy Corsica I owned - another money pit, but the Corsica cost 40% less new, and mine had a V-6 that ran strong (until that deer customized the front end and trashed the motor (crankcase suddenly full of water...).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th January, 2011

7th Jan 2011, 00:57

Well hang on tight - NONE of the modern cars will ever be as simple as the Scout.

8th Jan 2011, 20:14

Candid, well-written review. These Volvos had long-lived engine mechanicals - rod & main bearings, crankshafts, rings, etc. went the distance. The rest of the vehicle is not so rugged.

1986 Volvo 240 Wagon automatic from North America


If god has a name, it would be 'VOLVO'


Not a thing.

General Comments:

The Volvo 240 is the most perfect example of man's creative power, No one owns a Volvo, you are just extended the overwhelming privilege to drive it.

Volvo = I Roll.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th November, 2009

1986 Volvo 240 GLE 2.3 from Norway


Swedish steel at its best!


I had the car about half a year, and changed one taillight light-bulb. 6-7 NOK at the gas station (about one US dollar)

No problems of any kind!

A "foolproof" car, Swedish quality steel!

General Comments:

This is a sturdy old car, that seems very well put together.

Easy to maintain, cheap parts.

Good gas mileage for a car its size, about 0,7-0,9 liters per 10 kilometers on the highway. (Of course more if you have a heavy right foot)

No race-car, but NOT as sluggish as most people think. Quite a bit of torque, available even in the low RPM range.

No oil filling needed between change (i changed the oil every 10,000km)

Great heating/defrost system!

Not a lot of "gadgets", but then again, not that much will brake.


Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th June, 2008