1990 Volvo 240 GL Estate 2.3 petrol from UK and Ireland


A good family workhorse


Radiator replaced at 150,000 miles.

Windscreen leaked.

Rear shocks replaced.

Rear tie bar bushes failed twice!

General Comments:

Very well built car that is easy to work on.

Lots of room inside and easy to clean out.

Not a car to worry about if it starts making a strange noise, unlike some tin boxes I have owned.

Handling is not sports-like...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th March, 2001

1990 Volvo 240 DL 2.3L from North America


This car is a dream!


Overheated frequently, had the radiator flushed and now it never overheats.

Needed new brakes (paid for by the seller).

Needed new belts. Will replace the timing belt next month.

General Comments:

I drove past this car every day on my way to work. I had dreams about this car! Finally one day after doing a title search and history on it... it was gone from the dealers lot! I frantically called the dealer, it was getting detailed. I bought it the next day.

My family has had numerous Volvos, the most attractive feature for me is the safety of this car. It's black with a tan interior, is beautiful and I feel good putting my 2 little boys in it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th January, 2001

14th Jan 2001, 19:37

Hi, my name is Reginald Cheek, I own a 1983 240 DL original Volvo. All the way to the floor mats this car is immaculate, love it to death, wouldn't take a 2001 Vette Z06 for it, just that great.

16th Dec 2005, 00:18

It's so funny that you have a volvo that is black with tan interior, and you have two boys. I have a 1990 volvo 240 that is black with tan interior, and I also have to boys of my own :) Great minds must think alike :)

7th May 2010, 18:47

I had a 1990 240 DL and it was a very reliable car that handled well, even in winter in the snow!

Weaknesses are electrical in nature, but the engine will go on endlessly.

1990 Volvo 240 GL Estate 2.0 from UK and Ireland


It's too thirsty


Mainly, IT DRINKS, nothing major.

General Comments:

It is big and solid, a strong box and can take heaps and heaps of punishment as everyone says. But it takes a lot of petrol, 11-15 mpg. If you can afford it go for it, or a BMW will work out cheaper.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd December, 2000

3rd Jan 2001, 09:48

I have got 8 Volvos and not one of them is heavy on petrol. And I think they are a really nice car to drive, even though the one I am driving at the moment is an A reg it is the most safe car in the UK and other parts of the world. And when I put a gallon of petrol in the beast it lasts for 3 days.

Yours sincerly,

Mr John Joseph Percival