I've had 2 types of 240's a station wagon 87' and now a sedan 91'. The station wagon saved my life. . I was hit head on collission and all I had was a bruise on my knee and some back ache. I immediately bought another volvo but this time it's a sedan. I love the euro style.. Yes it's boxy but I would say euro-boxy which makes all the difference in design. It's rear wheel drive so you don't have to mess with axles and boots going bad. . and since the engine is not. I repeat not crossed from right to left. You have plenty of space to work on it.. I've replaced the starter once. I have done a tune up myself. . and it's got plenty of space to move around. Solid design, roomy, Reliable!!!
Good Looking, Gives me peace of mind, easy to work on; YES it's a Rear Wheel Drive!!; Good A/c COLD; Great Heater; Big Trunk; Big Doors. . GOOD Gas Milleage; GOOd Old Quality and Design, Above all Craftmanship and Ergonomic designs. E U R O P E A N Style. Plain Beautiful.. NO CHEAP cuts. .
SOME Plastic parts(interior) tend to crumble after some years. Rear suspension tends to sag or lowers down after some years of use and abuse. Please keep making rear wheel drive cars. They are plain better. Run Cooler and are easier to work on whithout braking your knuckles.
When I came to USA one of my questions was, what is the safest car in this country? and the only answer was Volvo! after 5 years and counting I still love my 240, took me from TX to NY,NY to Canada and back to TX with some minor repairs just like we all need, it has been an excellent car, strong body, it was great for driving in the snow and after 3 winters in snowy Canada the paint still immaculate, my big mistake putting a remote starter it killed my battery so I suggest to anyone do not do it, otherwise still running like a Swiss watch or should I say like a Volvo.
I love the square body,very clasy after 14 years I still love the look compared with newer cars,the seat warmers very handy in a -25oF weather, the moonroof perfect for cool evenings in TX, trunk space wonderful with the openning for your skies and of course gas mileage even better. Love it!
Purchased the vehicle in Germany 14 years ago and actually picked it up at the factory in Gotheborg Sweden. This car has been to Berlin, Venice, London, and Paris with no problems. 140,000 miles later I had my first major problem. The Mass Air Flow Meter acted up and had the car running hard with a high idle. Replaced with new flow meter and it runs like a top. Expect another 100,000 miles out of her.
Handles well in snow. Easy maintenance. You can actually change your own spark plugs in less than 15 minutes without ripping your knucles apart.
Due to its tank like features the 4 cylinder engine must work awfully hard going uphill.
I bought this from a friend with 220,000 miles and have owned it for two years. It now has 230,000 miles and I expect it will go for 300,000. Except for a few routine repairs (spark plug wires, exhause pipe, new hoses) this car has been incredibly reliable. It is incredibly comfortable and safe. It doesn't have a lot of pick up, but nothing's perfect. Mileage is about 23 mpg, which isn't bad for a big, heavy, and safe car.
I live in LA and used to drive a '96
Toyota Tercel. Practical and reliable
but not much protection from all the
SUVs out here. Wanting a bigger car
for a reasonable cost, I went back to
the guys who sold me the Toyota and got
the '91 Volvo 240 sedan. It's been a
wonderful car to drive and fairly low-
maintenance to own (had to straighten
out some electrical issues after
installing a CD player and replaced the
clutch which was worn when I bought the
car). I drove from Cali to Ohio in
August and the trip was a joy. Smooth,
comfortable, safe. No problems since,
or resulting from, the drive. So it's
not a great accelerator. That's not
what these old Volvo's are known for
Big, comfy seats. Great heat. Retro,
stylish body. Uber-roomy trunk.
Smooth hum of the engine that makes me
feel I've got some action under the
hood. Good gas mileage. Interior
feels old fashioned and Euro (I know
the Volvo is a Swede). Sunroof. Big
ol' steering wheel.
Electrical issues (I pushed in the
cigarette lighter and the radio went
out. Had to mess around with the
fuses. This sort of thing is a bit too
typical in older Volvos).