1989 Volvo 240 DL B230F (4 cylinder) from North America
The blower motor for the heat and A/C went bad.
O2 sensor went bad.
Overdrive relay went bad.
The E.C.U (brain) went bad.
Replaced most of the lenses for the lights on the car, as they cracked and broke with age.
The odometer stopped at 213k, and a few other things; the list is too long.
I have put over $5 thousand in repairs.
I LOVE MY VOLVO! Despite all the things I have had to fix on this car, it has been a trooper. Including me it has survived 4 college students, been rode hard, put up wet and still usually doesn't complain. My friends and I affectionately call it "The Blue Beast", and it really lives up to its name. It is one of the most comfortable cars I have ever owned. The heated seats are a blessing in the winter.
As for the handling, it corners like it is on rails. I was shocked when I first started driving it. It's a big body sedan that will fit in places it's hard to get some smaller car, due to the fact it turns on a dime. The brakes are amazing, they are so responsive and stop the car very effectively.
The ac leaves much to be desired, it was built for Sweden. The A/C keeps it bearable, but not as cold as I would like, still and all it's OK.
As for acceleration, it's a little sluggish, but once it gets going, watch out. The car is a little underpowered, but at the same time has no problem doing 80mph down the interstate.
Another complaint I have about it, and it's a small one, the car seems to throw hubcaps. I have 1 original and 3 replicas. Luckily they are fairly inexpensive to replace.
I love the funky, boxy style of this car too.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th July, 2008