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

1990 Volvo 240 GLT 2.0 113hp from Belgium


It drives like a butterfly, a safe one!


When the weather was humid, the engine did not turn well. My Volvo dealership did not 'find' the problem for three years. It appeared to be an electrical device. I changed it (not too expensive) and the car runs smoothly again.

For the rest the car seems to be perfect!

General Comments:

I wanted to have a Volvo since I was a kid, but certainly NOT a 240, which I related to old people wearing hats and smoking cigars. When I saw 'my' 240GLT I knew I had been wrong the whole time. I drive it for 4 years now, it has saved my life once, and we have driven 110000kms together. I want to keep it until the day I will be wearing a hat and smoking cigars!

This car is extremely reliable, handles well and is more quiet than modern cars. Driving this car is a relaxation therapy to me.

This '90 240GLT is not turbo charged, it is never quick, but has fair accelerations and top speed. My average consumption is 9,5 litres per 100kms. This is good for the car's weight and aerodynamics. On long trips I managed to go under 8l/100kms.

One negative point: it has no ABS system. In 1990 this was no problem, but in today's traffic it is impossible to stop this car (1800 kg) as quickly as the others in front of you. Certainly not with rainy weather.

I hope to keep this car for many more years and kilometers! With this Volvo it is forever indeed!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th March, 2006

9th Jun 2009, 07:05

06.06.2009: This Volvo did what it was built for, protecting us in an accident. Total loss, with only 258000 km, and still driving like the first day. Sad day! Where do I find a comparable one???

6th Jul 2010, 12:36

Well, I found and bought a 1988 240 GL 2,3 automatic with only 67.000 kms from a Volvo collector. A beauty, but slow and thirsty (50% more than my former car). I missed the sense of the butterfly so I decided to repair the old one. It has been restored and is driving as before: smooth, quickly and creating a smile!