The plastic headlights are yellow and dim, need replacing.
The previous owner changed the oil every 6 months or so... problem is, he drove it 40,000 miles a year! He thankfully only had it 2 years, but left it with a lot of sludge in the engine which had to be cleaned out.
The car was also in a front impact accident before I bought it.
Since then, I put 50,000 miles on it and it has been excellent. It starts up every time and has never left me stranded. The engine and transmission are indestructible. I have neglected it for two years (just basic maintenance like oil changes and brake pads) and it needs some attention, but it runs... and runs...
As a bonus, the cargo space of the wagon is unbelievable. I have hauled everything from hardwood flooring to furniture no problem.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th July, 2006
1987 Volvo 245 DL B230F from North America
Comfortable and agrarian, the Volvo 245 is the perfect amalgam of comfort and utility
After over 200 thousand miles, the air intake manifold needed its gasket to be replaced, ameliorating a rough idle condition.
The seams on the driver's vinyl seat have began to tear, from excessive use.
The plastic driver's headlight lens needed to be replaced, as it was taking on water, and decimating the head lamp bulb.
The back up lenses on the tail lights had cracked and failed, hence were replaced.
Considering that my automobile had sat dormant in direct sunlight for over three years, its general condition is remarkably good.