1990 Volvo 240 Consumer Review: Built to Last

1990 Volvo 240 - Consumer Review

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DL Sedan (2.3L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Built to Last
By edj0516 on


1990 Volvo 240 DL 4dr Sedan


I purchased this car new in 1990 and to
date have put on 254,000 miles, and it
still is going strong. I expect to
drive it for at least another 25,000,
perhaps 50,000 miles.

I've never had a problem with
reliability. I service it every 5,000
miles without fail, changing the oil
and following Volvo's maintenance

Before I purchased my present car, I
had a 240DL rear ended by a van. My
trunk was destroyed, one-half of my
rear seat was crushed, all four tires
exploded, but my passenger and I
walked away unhurt. Volvo is a safe

I keep putting off a new car because
my old Volvo continues to run without

Best Features

Simplicity and reliability. In its staid and understated way, it is elegant. No bells and whistles, but who needs or wants them. An extremely safe car, with a crash zone that works.

Worst Features

Improve the rear light housings; they leak. The audio system should be improved; Volvo speakers are not very good. Don't sacrifice safety design for marketing fluff.
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