1988 Volvo 240 Reviews - Page 2 of 6

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

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.0L petrol Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired234750 kilometres
Most recent distance234750 kilometres
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

A great classic

Faults:

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

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission B200k Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired83000 kilometres
Most recent distance94300 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 240

Summary:

Rocking my granny car!

Faults:

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

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance143000 miles
Previous carFord LTD

Summary:

The best car that I have owned!

Faults:

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

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.3 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance180000 miles
Previous carVolvo Previa

Summary:

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

Faults:

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

1988 Volvo 240 GL 2.3 gas from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.3 gas Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired312000 kilometres
Most recent distance317000 kilometres

Summary:

Brilliant to drive

Faults:

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

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 19 reviews