1992 Volvo 240 GL 2.3 from Australia and New Zealand
An almost indestructible and legendary piece of 20th Century automotive history
Overdrive relay died, meaning it lost 4th gear. $20 for a replacement.
When I bought it, the odometer was not working (a common failure, I am told). Also the heater was not working (opened up and removed clayish mud from heater). The clock was not connected to power for some reason, perhaps this happened when the newer stereo was installed, it works fine now. The door pockets were missing, I found some old ones, care must be taken to not kick them when getting in and out of the car, they are fragile.
The headlight adjustment was out, blinding other drivers; I had to tilt them down with an improvised replacement for the plastic thingies that had died. I think genuine replacements are available.
Sometimes is doesn't start like a new car. I had a 1990 Mazda that always started as good as new, even when 22 years old.
It has been a good old bomb, I have twice driven it from Melbourne to Tennant Creek (500km north of Alice Springs), also to Uluru, and back and forth between TC and Alice a few times. Otherwise, it has travelled from Sydney (where I bought it) and around Victoria.
I find the auto is too eager to shift down a gear, but that is preferable to the opposite in my opinion. I would prefer a manual, but they stopped making them some years before this one, so I went for the newest 240 I could find.
It's not a real speed machine and battles up hills at speed. Neither is it especially economical, maybe 9 litres per 100km in the country if you are careful, 12 around town. Reasonable economy I suppose.
The air conditioning is good, and the heater is very effective.
There is not the slightest hint of rust anywhere, and the paintwork is also in VGC.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th April, 2015