1992 Volvo 240 GL B230F (2.3L I4) from North America
Can't beat it!
Turn signal relay had to be replaced ($6.00)
I have replaced other things by choice, not by necessity.
I bought this 240 GL to help with rising fuel costs 8 months ago. I have been extremely pleased with the car. It's perfect for someone who wants to drive something different, but doesn't want the maintenance costs of other older euro cars.
Yes it's slow, but unless you race people on a daily basis you'll get used to it.
The fuel economy is good, but not great at around 25 mpg.
The handling and braking are good.
I primarily use the car to commute to college daily and it is perfect. The car can turn on a dime and is unexplainably reliable. It has been the most reliable and cheapest car to operate that I have ever owned.
Being the GL model, it has a few tricks up its sleeve like a manual sunroof, heated mirrors, and heated seats.
It's very simple and boxy. Parts can be VERY expensive if you don't shop around, but a little shopping around will save you tons.
Finding a solid, well maintained 240 is getting hard and they are fetching top dollar, but they are really in a class of there own. I'll have my 240 for years to come and will enjoy being different.
In today's economic crisis, the 240 makes sense. No car payment, Very little maintenance costs, and cheap insurance (<$250/ yr). I would highly recommend an older Volvo to anyone.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st December, 2008