1990 Volvo 240 2.3L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual Consumer Review - They Don't Make Them Like

1990 Volvo 240 - Consumer Review

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They Don't Make Them Like This Anymore
By IanCompetent on


1990 Volvo 240 DL 4dr Sedan


If you are looking to break the Land Speed Record - well...this is the wrong car for you. If you want a car of legendary quality, safety and reliability, then look no further. These may not be "sexy" qualities, but there's something to be said about a car that has an average lifespan of 16.2 years. Gas mileage (mine is 25/gallon in the city, 32 on the highway) is surprisingly good for the car's size and age. Great cornering makes them fun to drive. The chassis are huge and the engines are simple, making D.I.Y. maintenance easier than most vehicles. And I can't even begin to tell you how great it is to own a rear-wheel drive with a standard transmission in an Eastern Canadian winter.

Favorite Features

Extremely comfortable seats, great fit and finish, superior turning radius. While the styling of these cars is polarizing, I consider them to be one of the finest-looking vehicles of the last 30 years. The reliability of these cars cannot be overstated. Mine is at 360,000 km and is going strong.

Suggested Improvements

Plastic on the dash cracks over time. Heaviness of the car means lots of brake wear and tear. More room between brake and gas pedals would have been nice. Steel rims and plastic hubcaps were a cheap cop-out for even a low- end luxury car. That said, it's minor stuff for the longevity of the vehicle.
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