1978 Volvo 245 Review

1978 Volvo 245 GL 2.1 injected from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership1994
Engine and transmission 2.1 injected Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 kilometres
Most recent distance180000 kilometres
Previous carMazda 929


I never expected to say I loved a Volvo!


Emission control pipe came adrift prevented car from starting.

Usual minor problems with 13 year old car.

General Comments:

Great turning circle.

Solid build. Feels like driving a rhino!

Other drivers take more care in your vicinity. So you take advantage of that. Never seemed dangerous or unstable.

Weird fuel economy. Flat out with 5 people on board up hill towing a loaded trailer, 19 mpg. Easy downhill empty with a tailwind, 19 mpg. No more, no less! So why not go pedal to the metal everywhere?

Would love to try one of the conversions with a Ford 351 on board. That could feel about right regarding handling and performance. And probably get better mileage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th April, 2004

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 1 review