1986 Volvo 240 DL from North America
It's time had come
Head blew and chewed up the valves. Odometer was dead. Not the car's fault, instead the fault of a ham-handed repair. Otherwise, car was doing well for it's age.
Bought this famous brick for my wife. She fell immediately in love with it. It's a popular model, iconic even, here in Los Angeles, where Volvo must have sold thousands of 240 sedans.
Solid as heck, with a paint job that looked almost new, a trunk that looked almost new (20 years later), and oodles of that certain Volvo 240...something.
Frisky still, fun to drive in a totally different way than my Mazda Miata, but still fun. A car to wear old clothes in. Wonderfully comfortable seats. Plus, the 240 just looks ethical.
Had the head not been poorly repaired, I'm sure we could have got another 10-20K out of it, with basic maintenance and repair (and assuming the tranny didn't go). It already had new brakes.
A family tragedy when she quit. Ample evidence that a car can be built for the long, long haul. If you'd bought this 240 DL new and been fussy about maintenance, I shudder to think what kind of lifespan you could have expected.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th July, 2005