1991 Volvo 240 4 cylinder from North America


This car is great, only had to do maintenance that would be expected of a car this old. Buy one!


Replaced front shocks (still had original)

Front torque rod bushings replaced.

Front brakes discs and pads replaced.

Getting ready to replace foam in driver seat.

General Comments:

Car is a bit slow off the take off, but once moving handles great.

Amazing turning radius for a big car.

So much space a person almost feels guilty.

4cyl engine gives pretty good gas mileage.

I see so many with over 400,000-500,000 km that I have no worries about the next few years.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th December, 2005

1991 Volvo 240 DX from North America


I love this classic and durable car


The central locking system for the door locks stuck in the on position, draining the battery. Self repair by disconnecting the central door lock system.

Did complete tune up including AMM, timing belt and brakes when purchased.

Drivers seat has a bit of a "lean" to it, but you get used to it.

General Comments:

The car has surprising power considering the small engine and the weight of the car. Feels very safe, surrounded by steel. Handles well, good turning radius. Fuel mileage not too bad at about 26 MPG average.

I bought this car as a first car for my teen-aged son. Paid $850 for the car and have another $1500 in it to get it "road ready" We feel very good about having our son driving such a solid, safe vehicle.

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

Review Date: 8th December, 2005

1991 Volvo 240 from North America


Worth taking care of!


In Feb. 2004, the AC condenser went bad at 148,000 miles. This was a $625 fix, and was retrofitted. The retrofitted unit blows 38 degrees. It can pull a lot of power on the lowest setting, cycling on and off, so I run it for shorter times on a higher setting.

The crank seal, cam seal, and timing belt were replaced at the same time as the AC unit because the car was smoking. $250 for mostly labor. No more smoking. Also, the hood latch became impossible. New parts and labor were only only $10 (done at the same time that the AC condenser). At the same time, I replaced a headlight and turn signal light myself because the lense had suffered considerable sun damage. $170 for parts. The handle for the driver's door had come loose. I fixed it myself for free. Also, oiled the door hinges, which had become sticky. Now very smooth.

At 130,622 miles I had to replace a lug nut. $26.00 The original hub caps kept flying off, so I got aftermarket ones, for $60 and have had no problems ever since.

I also have replaced the timing belt at 116,831, and I had a tuneup at 108,617 miles. $142.

I live two blocks from the ocean and have some rust issues. Especially the windshield seal on the driver's side. I keep this maintained with putty and paint. It's right above many electrical parts. I've had four volvos, and they all rusted in the same spot!

I had brake rotors and calipers replaced at 121713 miles. No problems ever since. $524.

Electrical issues that are more annoying than expensive. The overdrive began to stick on at $145,000 miles. The repair was $60.

General Comments:

You have to maintain any car. I've had this car for 10 years and have been driving Volvos for the last 20 years. Repairs are less expensive today than ever, due to availability of aftermarket parts. Don't let anyone tell you getting an old Volvo repaired is expensive. It isn't. It's worth every cent.

You can greatly improve the look of the car with a little effort. Paste wax once a month, and apply a cleaner/lubricant to all the black accents, (side mirrors, seals, etc.) If the accents look gray or old, apply a lubricant once a week for a month to build it up. It will come back! I clean the interior and carpet with dish detergent, and it all looks new. Wear has not been a problem.

I drive this car mainly to work. The speed limit is 45 or less the whole way, so I rarely go much faster. Performance is not an issue.

My insurance is $240 a year!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th May, 2004

20th Jun 2005, 16:36

It sounds like you're pretty familiar with the inner workings of this car, so I hope you wouldn't mind if I asked you a question.

I've been told that my '91 240's A/C compressor is about to bite the dust as well, something that happened around the 148K point like yourself. I'm at 158K currently and haven't bothered replacing the compressor yet, because I was advised by mechanics to leave it alone until the compressor finally kicks the bucket, and use the A/C sparingly in the meantime.

I think, however, that I've reached the point where I want to look into replacing the unit. It gets into the triple digits during the summer here in the San Fernando Valley, and the 240's abundance of glass assures that the interior is never exactly cool to begin with, even in the wintertime. It can be difficult to rely on open windows.

Besides, whenever I turn on the A/C, the compressor makes very audible noises as the automatic transmission changes gears. I forget the specific relationship (Perhaps you know?), but I know that in this car the compressor and transmission are interlinked somehow and I don't feel like I'm doing the car much good keeping this ailing compressor unit. Sure, it works fine and all, but those noises are making me paranoid.

OK, here's my question: did you have your compressor replaced at a Volvo dealer, or with an independant mechanic? I received a price estimate from one mechanic in the $800 range, definately higher than what you paid, so I was wondering.

Additionally, did you experience problems similar to the ones I described to you earlier? Do I even need to replace the compressor? Should I just tough it out and roll down the windows?