1986 Volvo 240 DL 2.3L from North America
A decent car if it has been well maintaned
Recently the heater blower motor has failed.
Three of the floor boards underneath the car are completely rusted out.
AC does not work.
One of the heated seats not working.
This is the first Volvo I have ever owned, and it has been pretty dependable so far.
The previous owner bought the car new, and was the only owner, had always had the car dealer serviced, and had all the maintenance records when I bought the car.
Overall, the 240 model is a decent car, but is well underpowered for being such a heavy car. The transmission seems to shift well and smooth, and handling is very touchy on wet and snowy conditions, and being rear wheel drive does not help.
The thing that upsets me the most, is that I did not know the underneath was so rusted, and it is going to cost me a lot of money to have repaired.
Also, the running costs are very high on these cars, and to have just the blower motor fixed is a $750.00 job, from the dealer of course.
When I look at the engine compartment, it does not seem difficult to work on these cars, so I am still puzzled about why they are so expensive to have fixed. I assume this is because since Volvo's are expensive to begin with, everyone, including the dealerships, charges outrageous pricing, because people have the money and pay it.
I bought a 1988 Dodge Colt to drive around, since it is small and cheap to maintain, and I plan on fixing what needs fixed on the Volvo, and then selling it or drive it around for a little while, since they are supposed to have a history of lasting forever, and since mine has been dealer serviced and has low miles, it may be worth keeping. The inside is also in very good condition, except for cracks in the dash, which I have found was a common thing on these models.
I would add that if you want a Volvo, then just be prepared to spend money when they need repaired, or try and get one of the newer models with a warranty left on them.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th February, 2004