1978 Volvo 245 GL 2.1 injected from Australia and New Zealand


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