1980 Volvo 242 DL Wagon B20 from North America
The car was a tank
Had to replace the right side MacPherson strut.
Replaced and spliced exhaust pipe.
Cleaned and replaced brake pads on all four wheels. No more rubbing, grinding and squeaking.
Manual shifter plate was missing, so you never knew what gear you were in.
When outside temperature was high, transmission wouldn't go into overdrive.
Rear window wiper wouldn't work.
Cruise control wouldn't work.
Fog lights wouldn't work.
Air conditioning wouldn't work.
Major body damage due to road salt. Rear wheel wells were gone. Recovered with thin aluminum from recycling yard and attached with rivets. Sealed edges with silicone and filled interior with expanding foam. Worked great.
Driver seat was in horrid condition.
I purchased car from private owner for $400. It needed new tires right away since the front were bald and the rear had old worn out studded snow tires.
I drove the car for four years with only the repairs noted above.
I used the vehicle as my geology field truck. It worked great.
Four years for four hundred bucks!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd May, 2002