1988 Volvo 240 GL 2.0L petrol from Australia and New Zealand


A great classic


The odometer does not seem to be working.

Aerial does not go up and down.

Mass air-flow meter does not work. Because of this, the car is sometime hard to start when cold and the engine is prone to stall easily (when cold).

Right-hand loudspeaker "died" soon after purchase. Fixed for $40 by the mechanic who sold me the car.

General Comments:

This car is fairly quiet, rides well and is a pleasure to drive.

The wireless has remarkably good sound. It is also quite sensitive, receiving radio stations from near, and far. The A-M section is remarkably good, with wide bandwidth allowing for a rich bass, and clear treble.

The paintwork is remarkable, and has held up well. Looks almost like a new car!

The heater works extremely well, although the air-conditioning does not seem to be working.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd October, 2010

1988 Volvo 240 GL B200k from Peru


Rocking my granny car!


I purchased this car from a Volvo dealer in my city. It had two previous owners, one being an old lady who kept it for most of its life and did close to 30k in 15 years!

The second owner was one of the managers of the dealership, so it was been well maintained and kept.

It looks brand new, everything works, paint shines like new, seat upholstery is new, etc etc.

I have even traveled over 5500 km from Lima (Peru) across Chile to Argentina in this car, and it runs smoothly the whole way. It could use a little more power to cruise on highways, cos top speed is roughly 140km/h.

Sending it to be serviced is kinda pricey; I changed one small diaphragm of the carburetor (US$ 90.00) and original spare parts are expensive (a regular service costs around US$ 200, pricey for a 21 year old car).

I think it's a small effort to make to maintain such a great car running for years and years to come.

General Comments:

Timeless design, still draws people's attention.

Simple and reliable mechanics.

Built to last, feels really safe.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th April, 2010

1988 Volvo 240 DL 4 cylinder from North America


The best car that I have owned!


1. Clutch had to be replaced.

2. Air conditioner failed.

3. Radio speakers on the doors had to be replaced.

4. Shocks replaced.

5. Brake pads replaced.

6. Back of front seat frame broke-seat leans to the right. Replacement is not available.

7. Cruise control never worked correctly.

8. Fog lights malfunctioned soon after I bought the car.

General Comments:

1. Overall a very reliable automobile.

2. Car is slow on the acceleration; probably related to 4 cylinder engine.

3. Exceptional gas mileage; about 30 miles per gallon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th April, 2010

1988 Volvo 240 DL 2.3 from North America


EXCELLENT car for $1000...bought another one when this one started leaking oil


Started leaking oil at 180k.

General Comments:

Originally bought this vehicle as a temporary car, but wound up keeping it for 5 years.

Very reliable, and inexpensive to maintain and operate. (Have a really great INDEPENDENT VOLVO repair shop.)

GREAT gas mileage, easy to park and turn, and fun to drive. Really wish I had bought a 240 when they were new... but loved this one so much, that when it started leaking oil, I got on Craigslist and found another one. My new one is a '92 with an automatic, but the truth be told, I much prefer the manual transmission of my old, leaky 1988 model. I guess one can never have enough old 240's parked in the driveway...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th May, 2009

17th May 2018, 22:10

Regarding oil leaks, not many people are aware that 240s have a flame trap and it gets clogged after a few thousand miles. If it is not replaced, it can cause pressure to mount, resulting in oil leaks.

1988 Volvo 240 GL 2.3 gas from North America


Brilliant to drive


All the brakes needed to be fixed when I bought.

It needs a new clutch.

That's all that has been wrong with it and I've only fixed the brakes.

General Comments:

I love this car. It did me well for the time I owned it. I like driving a lot so quite naturally a Volvo suited me well. Comfortable to drive and absolutely brilliant handling when in the right hands. Did a couple a rallies with it and won. Great in the snow with the studs too.

I took it to the mountain lots and enjoyed every trip, and every corner taken a little more sideways. Unfortunately due to the work it needs I am selling it. I will definitely own one again in the future. They are awesome.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th December, 2008