1990 Volvo 240 DL Sedan 2.3L 4 cylinder from North America


An unbelievably reliable car


The driver's side seat leans considerably towards the center of the car.

The tailpipe fell off about four months ago, but I haven't done anything about it. Seems to run fine without it.

The SRS light came on once. This, quite literally, is the only thing that has gone wrong with the car that required repair.

General Comments:

This is my first car and I've owned it now for three years.

It has been just incredible in terms of reliability- I paid a pittance for it, and I haven't taken it to a mechanic in two years.

It starts every time, runs smooth, and pretty much all of its original features work with the exception of the AC.

When I bought it, the AC was not working, but I didn't notice this due to the fact that it was the middle of winter. Since then, I've become accustomed to riding with the windows open in summer. The heater has the ability to melt plastic, so the car handles the cold Michigan winters quite nicely.

The car has just under 179,000 miles on it, yet it still starts the first time every time. I've driven it from Connecticut to Seattle twice (over 3,000 miles), Connecticut to Michigan (700 miles) countless other times, and not once has it given me trouble.

The only complaint that comes to mind at the moment is the fact that it is quite horrible in snow. That said, the manual transmission helps to get the car moving (sometimes).

I've kept track of the gas mileage of the car, and it averages about 28-30 mpg in the summer, and 25 or so in the winter.

Overall, I have been incredibly impressed by this car. I will mourn when the old Volvo bites the dust- it has been so reliable, I feel guilty when I consider buying another car. I imagine that it could very well last for another 180K miles, seeing as it shows no signs of stopping (knock on wood).

I would recommend a Volvo to anyone without any reservations.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th December, 2005

9th Jul 2006, 17:52

I have found my 240 wagon to be the most capable 2 wheel drive snow vehicle that I've ever owned, and better than front wheel drive. This is due the car's narrow track, and excellent rearward weight distribution (especially the wagons). With snow tires on, and a couple sand bags in the back, I will take you places no front driver would dare, believe me. A manual trans version is even better. These are excellent snow vehicles, with much more predictable handling in snow than a front driver.

15th Jan 2008, 15:16

I agree with you, my 93 is the best car I've ever driven in the snow (2 wd anyways)

22nd Sep 2008, 20:13

I drove the 240 '90 in Ohio white blizzards, DAILY, and never had a problem.. and it was out in the snow up to 30 miles a day for 4-5 hours with my sales job!

The big issue was expensive repairs.. being a 1990 it leaked oil badly and needed a head gasket ($300). My heavy coat caught on it and snapped the turn signal right off! Does this just happen to me? Repair cost: another $300.

Previous owner did not replace fuel tank.. I had to, at a cost of $750. It would still not pass emissions check so had to dump it.

I am so mourning the loss of this car.. if anyone is selling a 240 Volvo, let me know.

16th Jan 2013, 22:05

Yes, I am not sure about the snow comment, as Volvos were built for the snow and ice! Ensure you have the right tyres and weight in the boot, and yes they will go places other cars can only dream of!

1990 Volvo 240 DL Wagon 2.3 Liter L4 from North America


I love this car and fully expect it to reach 300000 miles


Master Cylinder needed to be replaced at 154000 miles.

Brake sensor needed to be replaced at 167000 miles.

General Comments:

Wonderful car as far as reliability is concerned.

Somewhat slow on the expressway, but fun to drive on back roads.

Generally gets good gas mileage.

Very cheap to maintain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th April, 2005