1981 Volvo 244 GL from Australia and New Zealand
The Volvo 244GL is the perfect car for a beginner driver/mechanic, easy to drive and easy to fix
My steering pulls to the left A LOT!
The engine mounts are completely worn out, the engine shakes A LOT!
My alternator burnt out a couple of months ago leaving me stranded for the first time. Replaced it with a $30 second-hand alternater from the wreckers.
My suspension is completely shot - noisy and overly soft creating a slightly uncomfortable ride.
Power steering leak.
Dash lights seem to go easily as they are always on, but you can dim them to save the bulbs.
It has dents all along left hand side form the previous old lady owner.
Interior light doesn't always come on.
Interior fan is getting increasingly louder the more I use it.
I bought a 244GL about 6 months ago for $500 (Australian Dollars). Still going at over 320,000km's.
It is cheap and easy to fix, even for a beginner like me.
This car accelerates much better than my old '75 corolla (2 speed) and it is also much thirstier than the corolla.
I love the roar of the engine when accelerating hard.
The seats are extremely comfortable, you can drive for hours without getting numb legs.
It's a solid tank, it feels very safe and people always move out the way for a Volvo driver.
My friends hate the car, they're embarrassed to be seen in it.
I love my Volvo, but its gonna have to go soon, its seen better days and it has about 320,000km's on the clock (350,000 if you take notice of the second dash cluster I put in it).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th June, 2005