1992 Volvo 240 2.3L 4 cylinder from North America

Summary:

Tough and reliable, but don't be scared to do a little work

Faults:

Odometer gear; common problem and easy to replace. Don't understand why a little plastic gear costs $15 though.

Water pump (common issue), easy fix with an IPD pump and hoses; a good time to clean up the fan and fan shroud too.

Muffler rusted free from the exhaust; normally this is a $125 repair at a competent garage; I wasn't so lucky, details below.

Overdrive wouldn't engage, bypassed the switch, kickdown still worked well.

Rear shocks were a bit soft.

One of the tires had a bad wall; replaced two tires and put the good ones in the back.

Plastic pan under the engine was missing at purchase; replaced with a junkyard one, then a cheap non-fitting aftermarket one. You're better off just fabricating a metal one yourself. Without a pan, these cars get pretty mediocre highway MPG.

Various interior trim pieces were cracked or missing; replaced with junkyard bits. Door pockets are well known weak spots on these cars.

Aftermarket radio quit.

False overheating readings, temperature compensation board removed and a few wiring tricks done. Common issue on these cars, but the fix is cheap and easy.

Front spoiler cracked in an accident, replaced.

Mechanical thermostat stuck closed, ripped out. Common issue.

General Comments:

Handling's pretty good with communicative steering, and the short narrow wheelbase will feel a bit "old" compared to a Honda, but some better sway bars will fix that.

Most parts are simple to replace and cheap; get used to replacing interior bits if you want to keep your 240 looking perfect.

A good garage will charge you $125 to buy and install new exhaust piping for your 240; a bad garage will charge you $300 for some truly dreadful custom fabricated exhaust.

Highway gas mileage is decent if you have a pan; without, you'll think that you're driving a V8.

A/C could be better, but was bearable. Black paint didn't help when the outside temps were about 90 degrees.

Almost crashed into a deep sewer in a terrible storm, only damaged the front spoiler, thank you ground clearance!

I had the car out in hail that was about the size of a tennis ball, put maybe two tiny dents on the car. Find me a Japanese car from the 90s that can take that kind of punishment without flinching.

Brought on the cheap to flip and see if 240s live up to their reputation; they do, kept the car longer than I had planned due to how reliable it was.

If you want a fun RWD Volvo, get a 240, but if you want a safer daily driver, I highly recommend a 940 instead; the interior and electrical systems are far better designed than the 240.

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

Review Date: 16th December, 2014

1992 Volvo 240 Classic B230FX from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

An exemplar of design and engineering excellence

Faults:

Well maintained by previous owner. $28 fuel pump relay solved minor electrical problem. Tyres, shock-absorbers, and regular servicing, and it's ready to go for the next 100,000 plus kilometers.

General Comments:

This car has the best aircon... no, this car IS an air-conditioner on wheels - even on hot days it refrigerates.

The heater is even more effective, than the air-conditioner is at cooling, at heating! Man, you gotta turn that thing down and open the window a bit, it's freezing.

The B230FX engine is remarkably powerful, yet economical in-the long-run. Total of: purchase price + running costs compared with number of years of use/number of kilometers run.

Comfortable leather seats and lots of leg-room. Then of course there's the legendary boot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st May, 2012

21st May 2012, 12:35

I've heard of the B230F, but not the B230FX. What is the difference?

1992 Volvo 240 DL 2.3 from North America

Summary:

The world's best Volvo

Faults:

I broke the front brake caliper, my own fault, it's not a drifting car, only 45 bucks and I fixed it myself.

The belt on the tire blew all around the tire when I drove it home, but that would not be the cars fault.

General Comments:

This is my first car. I wanted a Volvo after I realized how much of a safe car they are. Also, I'm in High School and wanted something that wasn't a Honda Civic or Toyota truck.

My experience is great, it gets good gas mileage in my opinion, it's rear drive, which I like for handling.

It needs a trailing arm bushing, an overdrive solenoid bypass and some new paint. The car has held up well. It's dark red, a color that I know oxidizes badly.

Its kind of temperamental, but if you take somewhat care of it, it will take care of you.

The transmission isn't great, but not bad either. It can take a new Jetta off the line.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th August, 2009

17th Sep 2009, 19:05

To add to my review above. the car has over 400 000 kilometers. the last date I found is whats on it now on the timing belt cover, twelve years ago, and the car is seventeen. Overall it is still an excellent car.