1979 Volvo 242 DL 2.1 carb from North America
A very reliable car for a cheap price
Replaced the head on the engine because the previous owner barely drove it and coked up #1 cylinder valves to the point of not seating.
Rear lights need rebuilding. Have a light out on each side.
Original suspension and shocks. Little sloppy, but still gives a decent ride.
Need to rebuild the heater fan. It squeaks when it's cold out.
Minor rust on drivers side between the door and wheel well.
Bought this car for $500 cdn, and put about another $500 into it.
This car was made in 1979, but has a '77 front end on it from the factory. (Still trying to research on why it was made this way. I have found no other 1979 Volvo 242 like this)
Everything is original in this car, but everything works. Even the buzzer for leaving the lights on works.
I miss my old 1974 142, but this car seems to be worthy as a replacement.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 8th April, 2007
11th Apr 2007, 00:47
Most of the body structure is the same on these cars and hence you can mix'n match parts between the years. This is especially true for fronts where you can bolt on a front from a '93 to a '75 with very few modifications. You can even replace the interior with the one from a newer car. Needless to say all engines and drive-train are interchangeable with few modifications. The Volvo 242/244/240 series is really like a heap of Lego bricks where you can build the car you want. There is a lot of after market stuff to this car as well if you want even if this car went out of production over 13 years back. If you take care of this car I think you can run this for many years since these are extremely durable. I have experience with '75, '79, '85, '89 and '91 models. My current Volvo is a '89 based one, but with a lot of parts from a '91 and a '92. It has got a 2.5L Garrett Turbocharged engine about 280bhp, limited slip diff and gear box from a old rally car. An ultra fast Porsche eater that cost me less than $15,000 to build and that are bullet proof. The sissies have to bite the dust. Enjoy your Volvo!