1990 Volvo 240 GL 1.7 from Australia and New Zealand


Best tank in this world


Button on the side of the gearstick broke.

Loud rattling noise on the front left of the car.

General Comments:

This car is a white, sedan 240 and is the most immaculate car ever. Runs like a dream with no scratches on the paintwork. I now have a game with myself when I go downtown to spot a better 240 than mine. I haven't been beaten yet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 27th September, 2010

1990 Volvo 240 245 Estate 1.7L from North America


If this car was any more dependable I would marry it!

With 170,000 on it when I bought it, I rebuilt the front suspension and replaced the rear shocks.

The only failure has been the air mass meter.

I fixed a rattle in the double-walled header pipe by driving in three or four short, self-tapping sheet metal screws.

General Comments:

Amazing handling for a wagon.

Feels like a solid steel brick in corners.

Actual 27+ MPG at 70-80 MPH (corrected for speedo error).

I love driving this car! While not a performance vehicle, I normally can leave just about anyone behind on most on ramps. Its torque-filled motor allows it to cruise comfortably at 70-80 without complaint.

It is also very easy to work on. And even with 207,000+ miles on the odometer, it uses very little oil. So little I do not bother to keep track, but it is probably about 1/2 pint per 1000 miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th April, 2009

1990 Volvo 240 DL 4 cylinder gas from North America


I live by the seaside, which may cause some problems, but this car has too many problems


I bought this car new and picked it up at Gothenberg... put 5,000 miles on it in Europe, rest in US. I keep the car due to insurance/tax costs versus annual repair approximations.

Transmission linkage broke 97,000 miles.

Clutch pedal disconnected from clutch mechanism at 100700 miles.

Fog lights - one light bulb blew at 97,000 miles.

Exhaust - mufflers and pipes - most not Volvo parts - wear out every 2 years.

Catalytic converter had to be replaced at 93,000 miles.

Steering linkage mechanism replaced at about 85,000 miles.

Brake lights circuit boards were replaced.

Radio was replaced at 75,000 miles. Shock absorbers replaced same time.

Steering linkage, 85,000 miles due to dealer recommendation.

Seats wear badly with yellow stuffing leaking out.

Driver's side door switch for interior light not working.

Driver's side electric window motor malfunctioned - was restarted and is okay - problem at about 70,000 miles.

General Comments:

The car has little pep, maybe due to mostly urban use.

The exhaust system, using either Volvo or aftermarket pipes and mufflers has been replaced too often, maybe due to my living at the seaside.

Twice I have had problems with catalytic converter, lst time replaced it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th December, 2008

16th Jan 2010, 20:30

I think that the amount of problems you mention with your Volvo sound fairly typical. Even owners that love their cars will admit that they have a regular schedule of electrical incidents. Volvos and electricity are strange bedfellows. But almost anyone who owns a Volvo will tell you that these car are great, anyway. They continue driving on broken fuel pumps, worn-out wheel bearings, and sagging springs. Clogged carburettors and broken fan-temperature switches are just part of the ride. These cars are dependable right to the end.

1990 Volvo 240 DL 2.3 SOHC I-4 from North America


Reliable, comfy, and gets GREAT MPGs


Nothing so far, quite the "brick" of a car. It's got a bit of rust, but what car doesn't in Ohio?

General Comments:

Very comfortable car, handles fairly well, and has a nice ride to it. It's nowhere near as quick as my previous car, it takes about 9.5 seconds to get to 60, sometimes 10. Not complaining considering most SMALL cars today take that long to get to 60, and this is a mid-size Volvo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th October, 2008

1990 Volvo 240 2.3 from North America


Built like an anvil, and seems to last forever


Vehicle speed sensor went bad, $25 replacement.

Some of the trim tends to crack after 17 years.

Light bulb burnt out in the radio.

Air con needed a recharge.

Had to replace the shocks and struts.

Annoying service light tells you to change the oil at 5000 miles, and the reset button was broken.

Transmission pan bolts were loose, leaking fluid.

Obligatory Volvo dashboard cracking.

General Comments:

Overall, I think this is probably the most reliable car ever made.

Some quirky things bother me sometimes. Drivers side leg room is a little cramped. It's a little slow and lumbering. Gas mileage is not terrific, but the motor design is from the 70's.

On the plus side, the timing belt is easy to change. Parts are cheap, but you usually don't have to fix anything. Easy to work on. Amazing condition for a car with 226000 miles, most things still work like new.

Handles great on highway. Always seems to get me there; I routinely drive 1000 miles to Florida. Easily drives 80 mph all day long.

Great in a small parking lot.

Seats are real comfortable.

Easily passed emissions test.

Statistically the safest car ever made (see Wikipedia).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd September, 2007