Durable and reliable transportation
I have not experienced any failures.
The wagon has minor electrical quirks that do not affect reliability.
A brake warning light flashes when I step on the brakes -- even though the brake system is in excellent condition.
Sometimes the idle is uneven.
Sometimes the automatic transmission overdrive mode light comes on without my activating it.
I purchased my blue 1984 Volvo 245 in December 2012.
The Volvo station wagon has been extremely reliable. It starts and drives smoothly. My expenses have been for the replacement of wear items -- tires, ball joints, strut mounts, and tires.
My station wagon is simple and very easy to work on. Quality parts are abundant and reasonably priced.
Work I have done: removed and cleaned the mass airflow sensor, replaced the spark plugs, spark plug wires, rotor, and distributor cap; replaced the rear shocks, repaired electrical problems; replaced a rear lens element, changed the differential fluid, and replaced the coolant. I have three Volvo manuals and much experience working on old cars.
I do not recommend an old Volvo for those who lack mechanical skills and tools. You will pay high labor costs for routine maintenance.
My Volvo doesn't have much power. On flat highways, it will cruise at 70 miles per hour. But let a small hill appear and the little B23F engine has a hard time pushing the heavy wagon. My speed will drop commensurate with the steepness of the climb. No big deal -- I once drove underpowered air cooled VW buses.
Right now, I am getting about 20 miles gallon on the highway and about 16 in stop and go driving.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 28th February, 2014