1992 Volvo 240 Reviews - Page 4 of 4

1992 Volvo 240 DL B230F from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission B230F Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired252772 miles
Most recent distance253687 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Faults:

The lift-gate latch is stuck, so I depend on the springs to keep it closed.

The driver's seat is a bit sprung after 1/4 million miles, but it's still quite comfy on long drives.

General Comments:

I had no qualms about buying a 240 with more than a quarter-million miles on it. In fact, I picked it up at the dealer and drove it 300+ miles home without anyone to follow me.

Like all of the 240s, this is a tank that I intend to keep for another 100,000 miles.

It is so much nicer inside and out than the 95 Taurus I sold to make room in the garage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th October, 2003

1992 Volvo 240 DL 2.3L from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.3L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired186000 miles
Most recent distance209000 miles
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

Great car. I'd recommend it to my grandmother

Faults:

There was a factory alarm system put on the car by the previous owner (I'm the 2nd owner) and I had that removed.

One problem I had was that I took it to a mechanic to have the plugs/rotor/cap/wires changed and he put the wrong wires on and it shorted out my fuse box and the alarm, which is why I had it taken out, and burnt the distributor cap to where the car wouldn't start. That, of course, was no fault of the car, but the ignorant mechanic.

The other problem I have had was currently at 209,000 I have a crack in the catalytic converter and am about to replace that and the exhaust with new.

General Comments:

I've put about 23,000 miles on this car in less than a year driving from Columbus, Ohio to Toronto, Canada and New York City and Ottawa, Canada numerous times. It is a great riding car, but I would have gotten the cruise control option installed if I had bought it new. Ah well... I'm sure eBay has one listed on there. (:

Buy one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2003

10th Nov 2008, 21:24

I have a question. Would it be wise to buy a 240 wagon with 375,000 km on it, if it was cheap? And in absolute great condition?

Can I expect it to run a lot longer?

1992 Volvo 240 SE 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired98143 miles
Most recent distance101987 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz W124

Summary:

Solid, durable and comfortable car which holds its value well

Faults:

The most persistent problem is poor cold starting at temperatures between 5C and 10C which seems to be a problem with the temperature sensor on the fuel injection. At temperatures below 0C it starts first time.

Brakes are not good having a very dead feel and the handbrake needs constant adjustment.

Electrical items can be temperamental, but the fitting of a heavy duty battery has cured those problems.

General Comments:

Performance is acceptable for an automatic in such a heavy car - kickdown is very effective, but the overdrive has to be switched out to maintain speed on motorway gradients.

Fuel consumption is atrocious around town dropping to as little as 12 mpg in cold weather. However on a long trip 30+ mpg is easily obtainable especially if speed is kept down to 65mph.

Cabin comfort is excellent as is visibility from the driving seat.

The car is solid and built like a tank - which also means far fewer drivers in tin boxes try and cut you up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd February, 2003

1992 Volvo 240 DL standard from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission standard Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance101100 miles
Previous carVolvo 240

Summary:

Definitely recommend it

Faults:

One of the prongs that engages/disengages the clutch broke so that the clutch wouldn't completely engage and the gears would grind on occasion when you were stopped. We had the clutch replaced (which was hardly worn) and the prongs, etc and everything's been great since. 80,000 miles.

Something strange happened to the car last fall, but it turned out to be minor and repairs were fairly cheap. 90,000 miles.

Brake pads were replaced once, oil changes, etc.

There are a few stone chips on the front of the car from high speed driving (or someone following to closely a cinder truck).

That's pretty much it! :-)

General Comments:

This is the only car my dad would let me take to college (one of two 240 Volvos at my mid-west college). It is safe, reliable, and slightly underpowered.

The engine actually is not stressed, despite what some of the other reviews said, which is why they last forever. It's a great car and will hopefully last for another 100,000 easily!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th October, 2001

1992 Volvo 240 SE Estate 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired147433 miles
Most recent distance147749 miles
Previous carFord Sierra

Summary:

Solid and reliable

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

One of, if not the safest cars I've ever driven. Although I've only had it for just over 2 weeks, I'm sold. Definitely built for comfort and reliability, although it has guts when needed. Very good value for money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th August, 2000

1992 Volvo 240 DL 4 cyl. from Sweden

Year of manufacture1992
Engine and transmission 4 cyl.
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10

Faults:

Oxygen sensor replaced at 100k, the black trim turns grey when it rains.

General Comments:

For my first car ever, I am truely proud of my Volvo. It is reliable, safe and the most comfortable car I have ever ridden. Good on gas milage, and looks like new. I will keep it as long as it wants me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th January, 1999

29th Aug 2004, 22:40

I looked at a 1990 240DL today and will test it tomorrow. I noticed the gray - should be black - trim. I have a Jeep TJ with plastic fenders. I have found that 303 Protectant works wonders. Turns gray back to black. Works much better than other products on tires too. Absorbs into the material instead of just greasing it up. I find it at marine/boat dealers. Based on all the reviews I have read tonight, assuming it starts and runs and I can strike a decent deal, I will be ready to join the "club" this week.

This 240 has 150,000 miles on it, but looks clean. I just sold a 1985 Dodge Caravan with 170,000 miles and my daughter totaled my 1996 Jeep Cherokee with 135,000 miles on it. I am not particularly afraid of miles on the odometer. I did notice the brake pedal was not as worn as some I have seen with 60,000 miles. Only suspect is the pan is oily and many posts have given me ideas about that.

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 15 reviews