Was bought in 1998 as a salvage car.
Been hit from the side, but was
undamaged otherwise; Volvo repairman
restored it and sold it at a great
price. As it's gotten older there've
been more repairs, mostly for things
that have worn out. Air conditioning
and tape deck no longer work and there
are problems with the door-locking
system. On the other hand, the int/ext
still look great and it's a very solid
car with 147K miles on it, and no
sign of turbo problems. With regard
to the turbo, we've been religious
about running the engine for a bit
after parking,& have serviced it
regularly. Plan to keep it until
it dies--repair is still less
expensive than new.
Tight turning circle; good paint job;
good speed on inclines; very
comfortable car for longer drives.
Cup holders! It's strange there are
none on a car of this age. Tires could
last longer-- I've been told the sway
of a car of this design causes greater
wear. Get rid of plasic-type radiator?
Replcmnt of this was suggested as
soon as I bought car to avoid sudden
failure & exp. repair.
I purchased the car used knowing I was
paying very little because It was in
need of an engine but being a mechanic
of Volvo's I saw potential in the car
and now I have ONE of the coolest
looking wagons that I have seen being
so old. Took it to a Volvo show and
took BEST in show took it to the
dragstrip and it got noticed when it
ran the 1/4 in 15.5 @ 89 mph not bad
for a grocery getter. Although I do
not feel the suspension and brakes are
as good as my other Volvo 83 244 T but
overal it is a good car.
ITZ A WAGON doesn't get noticed by
police when you are slightly speeding.
I bought this car 5.5 years ago - I
have been rear-ended at least 3 times
with NO damage to the car - bumpers
are indestructable. Body is wearing
great. I'm trading up ONLY because it
is rear wheel drive. If I lived in a
sunny clime I'd keep it! It has more
space with the seats down than a Jeep.
All around great car.
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