I'm a student, so I'm stuck with this car and it's stuck with me. That being said, it's my first car, and when I don't know that I have to take it into the mechanic, I'm happy to drive it- especially with a brand new catalytic converter that doesn't rattle indefinitely. The previous owner had it in a climate controlled garage for several years, so it went untouched until the time he pulled it out to sell it. If cars were conscious, I still don't know if this one would know it's back on the road. I dream of the day where my 240 snaps out of it and chugs beyond a leisurely pace- but then I remember that every single stock 240 is no different. These aren't made for speed- they were made for safety. I've yet to be in an accident to test that out myself- I did come close before I changed the tires, though. And that's another thing: these are RWD, meaning they're not good for winter driving (I speak from my own experience). I spent a fair amount of time slipping and sliding across the road- but if you ever wreck in the snow, that heater is something else. The A/C on mine hasn't worked since I got it, but the heater is unbelievable. You won't go cold, and you might even end up stepping outside to cool off. The defroster, unfortunately, isn't as effective as the heater, so keep that in mind. It comes with heated seats, too- my controls for those are just busted (I wish it had been taken better care of), so I can't comment on how effective they are. One thing that seriously bugs me is the lack of a cupholder. I like to drink coffee while I'm driving this thing, so I have to put in the empty seat next to me and hope it doesn't spill. Speaking of spilling, the moonroof on mine broke its seal, so I got soaked the first time I took it into an automatic car wash. Not fun for me, but the person in line behind me got a show as I tried to crawl around the car to avoid the soapy shower rocking the interior. All in all, I love it and hope to have it for a long time. The 240 is a very pretty (and safe) car, just as much now as 27 years ago.
These are amazing cars, nothing drives quite like them, they feel like an old house. They're plush, comfortable, safe, reliable, mechanical, and solid. The old b230f redblock just keeps chugging along sounding a tractor but impeccably reliable. Mine started at the first turn of they key in -8 degree wrather (my heated seats were an absolute treat that day!). Drives great in a foot of snow with my all seasons, it doesn't have any of those stability control items you get on old cars, mine doesn't even have abs for that matter but with a little know how they're great to drive. You also don't get any of the saftey equipment that's standard on moden cars, the newer models only have a driver airbag, but it's an old Volvo! Really the closest street legal thing to a tank! It is an old car however, the interior rattles, some of the plastic is starting to get brittle, it's more than likely going to have some rust, but you don't need to drive it like an old car. You can drive it just like any car and if something breaks you can still buy parts at your local autozone for them, not to mention the cars are beautifullying simple and easy to work on. The car does lumber along the straights and you definitely won't be putting down any great times at the strip but it handles amazingly, it's a solid and secure feeling but there is a good amount of body roll due to the weight. The breaks on the car are fantastic! You get 4 wheel discs with 2 piston calipers at the front and the car stops on a Dime! They're great cars and kind of forgotten amongst classics making them cheap and you definitely get your money's worth, but they've hit that age where the value will only go up. All in all these are amazing cars and truly one of the best classic cars you can buy because of the reliability and availability of parts.
Above all, it should be noted: in a 1991 Volvo has been well maintained, it will run forever. If maintenance has been shoddy, all bets are off. That said: I love this car. This thought runs through my head all too often while driving - whether because of surprising uphill pulling power, filling the back of the wagon with an astonishing amount of stuff, or the general comfort of the ride. That's saying a lot, the 240 is not really anyone's idea of a comfortable, powerful car, but from the correct perspective it is nothing short of a treat - nothing about the car should inspire confidence or excitement, but the 240 is full of surprises. Right off the line, the 240 is a bit of a lazy beast. 1st gear gets the car moving, and you have to wonder if the 4 cylinder is up to the task. The 5 speed hits its stride around 35 though, with plenty of big, lazy power. This car will never spin its tires, but it keeps up with traffic perfectly well. A 25 year old wagon has no business going 100mph on the interstate, and it only adds to the confusion that the 240 is so stable and assured at that speed. Fast highway cruising benefits, no doubt, from the 3000 lb curb weight. It feels heavy and european, like a poor man's Mercedes. This heavy comfort applies all around - cruising the main strip, a weekend jaunt on curvy 2 lane highways, you are reminded that this car is definitely NOT a sport coupe and yet...and yet...it feels so *good*. Heavy, smooth, surefooted. Strangely like a very low pickup truck, but somehow different. Better. The rear wheel drive is great, absolutely amazing in snow. This is where half of the TANK comes from. The other half is pure build quality. The car is solid, overbuilt to hell, full of big clunky metal parts. It isn't unfair to say the car is full of simple 1970s engineering, but here it is a compliment. In our modern era of puffy plastic lozenges, a spare, hard, pure steel box stands out both for its unusual, utilitarian appearance and brilliant security. This car will take a thrashing, and come out running like a champ. Volvos have saved countless lives - yes, safety technology has come leaps and bounds since 1991, but these are the cars that safety standards were once measured by. You know someone (or at least someone who knows someone) who not only lived through a horrific wreck in a Volvo, but walked away. Repairs are easy for even the most rudimentary shade tree mechanic - with a Bently manual and a metric tool set in hand, almost nothing is off limits. I replaced my own timing belt in an hour and a half in a parking lot - thanks to more smart, simple Swedish engineering, a broken timing belt does not ruin the engine. It's nothing more than a nuisance, a protracted inconvenience. On the downside, these inconveniences increase with age. The legendary engine may run for upwards of a million miles (and beyond, again, with good maintenance), but in that time plastics become brittle, electronics corrode. The fuses are idiotic in placement and execution, the tail light contacts require almost monthly upkeep to avoid a ticket, some relays will burn out and introduce a cascade of electrical gremlins. As a tall person, I take some issue with the size of the cockpit. I fit, I've become used to it, but there isn't a ton of room. The 3rd row seat, while novel, is in the rear crumple zone - a significant rear-ending may not limit the Volvo's ability to limp home, but it may easily kill anyone seated in the way back. But the bottom line is that if you are patient, your expectations are realistic and you have a AAA card on hand, a Volvo will be your friend for a long, long time. We have a hyundai for quick jaunts to the store. Its fast & easy, but has been in the shop far more than the old beast.
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.
Power windows still work (today)
Since it hasn't been manufactured since 1993, this seems rather pointless
This is the fourth 240 I've owned and the first wagon. I love the car. It's comfortable, safe, reliable and it drives well. I got this one from a doctor that owned since it was new and he had the engine replaced in June of 2008. The reason I bought it was because the engine he had put in came from another 240 and had only 31k miles on it (certified). When I picked it up he had put 8k on it, so it's a 1991 240 wagon with a 240 engine that has only 39k miles on it. I'll be driving it 20 years from now. I also have an all wheel drive 2002 Passat that I use when it snows heavily, but when I have a choice I choose to drive my 240.