My 1991 240 has 195,000 miles. It has reached the point where I wonder every day whether it will even start when I try to leave for work. Recently, it simply stopped running and left me stranded on a rural highway. I've used up all of my AAA tows for the year and it's only June! In the past month alone, I've spent over $1200 in major repairs, with more to come (that I know about.) I'm trying to survive on part-time work due to unemployment and I can't afford this car.
by Jaime Obando on Aug 7, 2006 Vehicle: 1991 Volvo 240
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!!!
by Danna Scully on Nov 12, 2005 Vehicle: 1991 Volvo 240
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 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.
by sappmama on Oct 10, 2004 Vehicle: 1991 Volvo 240
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
by surferbabeae on May 27, 2004 Vehicle: 1991 Volvo 240
being a teenager and driving a volvo
deff aint cool...especially b/c i go
to a private school. firstly the motor
is extremley noisy...so if you go
through drive thru's often make sure
you yell loudly. and the air
conditioning makes the motor run so
loudly that it sounds like its going
to explode completley. excelleration
is pitifull,and the interior design
could use some serious work. But it
does get great gas mileage. and its
never left me on the side of the road.
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