1992 Volvo 240 B230F from Australia and New Zealand
Fantastically simple, well built and solid vehicle
The major problems with the car were that the odometer had stopped, which is a common fault, and the air conditioner needed re gassing. There was also a slight leak with the diff oil and the idle was a bit rough. All but the odometer were cheap and easy fixes. I did not bother to fix the odometer.
I bought this car in December 2015 as a project car, with the intention of selling it for profit. At the time of buying the 240 I owned a 1989 740 16V and a 97 S70.
I love the simplicity of the 240 interior and the great boxy (even more so than the 740) exterior. I was disappointed with the lack of performance from the B230F engine and auto transmission, but I was under no illusion that it was going to be a fast car. The fuel consumption was also terrible, averaging at 13-14 in my month of ownership, which including long trips. It felt solid however, and the engine was smooth and quiet. There were no mechanical issues. The simplicity of the engine offsets its lack of power and poor fuel economy in my opinion.
Overall I loved the 240. It was always my intention to sell it, but it made me want another. I ended up buying a 1982 244 that had a 5 speed manual and a factory exchange Be GT engine in it. It is simultaneously much more fun to drive with stacks of power and also better on fuel. This is now my weekend car. Like the 240, the 244 has no mechanical issues and is a fantastic car in terms of build quality and design.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th July, 2016