1979 Volvo 245 Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1979 Volvo 245 GL 2.1 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.1 Don't Know
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired255000 kilometres
Most recent distance265000 kilometres

Summary:

Like a favourite pet dog

Faults:

Exhaust replacement.

General Comments:

Comfortable, reliable and safe.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 16th July, 2006

1979 Volvo 245 GL 2.1 Fuel Injected from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.1 Fuel Injected Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired270000 kilometres
Most recent distance320000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Bluebird

Summary:

Love my Swedish brick

Faults:

Injector faulty, needed replacing, but was very cheap and easy to fix.

Hole in exhaust pipe.

Engine has been expertly reconditioned (by the previous owner) and has only done about 75.000 since. Is still like new.

Struts for tailgate aren't holding up the tailgate anymore. Need new ones.

The interior desperately needs fixing.

The only really annoying thing about this car is the daylight running lights, those lights that are always on. They burn out quite regularly and also cause all the dashboard to be on all the time. They tend not to last too long and they are a pain to replace. As a result half of them aren't working at the moment.

The car rattles a bit at the moment, ever since my son and his friends took it on a surfing trip, the roads to the beach must have been rough. Got to have a look at that.

General Comments:

I am only the third owner and know the car's history. It has always been maintained well and if you maintain a Volvo it won't let you down. So, its reliability is a plus.

Parts prices are fairly reasonable as long as you can stay away from dealers. They charged nearly A$ 100 for a front indicator lens recently (a small piece of plastic with 2 screw holes). I tried 12 wreckers, but gave up and ordered it from my local Volvo dealer. Brake pads etc are all cheap (I use generic brands).

The engine is quite smooth (2.1 fuel injected) but unfortunately it only runs well on (expensive) super. It is reasonably powerful, but the car is quite heavy, so fuel consumption is not good. It uses as much as my 4.0 diesel land cruiser, about 12 liter per 100 km. It is not that cheap to run in taht sense, but then again, I know a lot of people who buy new or different second hand cars all the time. You may save fuel, but you end spending a lot more. You sell and buy cars you always lose out. Not buying new stuff all the time is good for our planet as well. This Swedish brick just keeps on going.

Another good thing is that people don't steal them: they are not cool enough for young joyriders and other hooligans!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th September, 2003

1979 Volvo 245 GL 2.1 Fuel Injected from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.1 Fuel Injected Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired368000 kilometres
Most recent distance386000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 164

Summary:

Durable, comfortable car and very reliable if looked after

Faults:

Center joint in drive train failed at 381000 kilometers

Engine wouldn't start in heavy rain. Changed distributor cap and worked perfectly.

General Comments:

This car is built to last, I have run it into a gate and only damaged the windscreen. The automatic transmission leaks oil, and could use a 4th gear or overdrive. Engine is solid as a rock despite having done 386000 kilometers, leaks almost no oil and blows no smoke. Has had all coil springs replaced with longer harder springs to deal with rough country roads.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th June, 2003

1979 Volvo 245 L 2.1 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.1 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired295000 kilometres
Most recent distance363000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Gemini

Summary:

Family reliability, safety and economy

Faults:

Minor exhaust repairs were needed 5 years ago. Rust was cut out 3 years ago, and a couple of rust spots have appeared this year. Worked out that we'd only spent approx.$200/year on repairs since purchased. I travel a minimum of 200ks/week and spend $35/week on leaded fuel (currently priced @$1.01/litre.) Small electrical problems such as 'back' turn on the ignition, shorts on indicators, deterioration on door handles and door hinges.

General Comments:

This is not a performance car! But, it.

Has proved to be reliable and cheap to.

Run. We have also sourced non-genuine.

Volvo parts (much cheaper!) The boot.

Space is humongous and I feel safe.

Transporting the kids and learner-

Driver. The classic Volvo jokes are.

Relentless, but safety, reliability and.

Economy have the last laugh.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th April, 2003

1979 Volvo 245 DL 2.13 gasoline from North America

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.13 gasoline Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired175000 miles
Most recent distance210000 miles

Summary:

One of the best vehicles for some of the best prices

Faults:

Heater fan goes out on occasions and once in a while the electronic overdrive will disengage itself when traveling over 85 mph.

General Comments:

I'm going to buy another soon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th August, 2000

1st Oct 2010, 00:44

I love my 245 DL Volvo station wagon, for mine is the best car, and still on the top. Incredibly, my car since 1979 has only 89.000 miles. It will be the real antique, I am so proud of it. Thank God for this special gift.

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 7 reviews