VonRichtofen
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Volvo 240, What Do You Think?

Wed Nov 07, 2001 3:03 am

I took my truck into the shop today and they gave me a loaner, a 1984 Volvo 240. I must admit I'm quite impressed with it. I've never driven a Volvo before. This one ran a lot better than most cars of around the same year (I know if it's owned by mechanics they look after it but still). It seems to have a lot of kick for it's age, and all of the accessories work perfectly.

One thing though, it's hard to get used to the difference in layout of the European car vs. Domestic.

Any thoughts or experiences on Volvo's?

Regards,

Kris
 
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RE: Volvo 240, What Do You Think?

Wed Nov 07, 2001 4:39 am

I´m a Citroën-freak myself, but if you want to know what people think of the "Brick" check out www.carsurvey.org
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RE: Volvo 240, What Do You Think?

Wed Nov 07, 2001 4:39 am

They're boxy.

My dad sold Volvos in the late 80's early 90's. In general he did not like 240... he said it rode like a truck. Now the 740/760 was a much nicer car compared to the 240.
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RE: Volvo 240, What Do You Think?

Wed Nov 07, 2001 5:21 am

I like how Volvos are boxy, it gives them personality  Smile. I don't like the newest curvy ones (since Ford took over I think), they don't look like Volvos, just any other car.
 
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RE: Volvo 240, What Do You Think?

Wed Nov 07, 2001 5:44 am

If you like the 240, you'll LOVE the 700 turbo cars. (740 turbo, 760 turbo, and 780 turbo). I drive a 760 turbo and I love it. The thing has over 240,000 miles on it, whatever that means(seriously).

My dad owned a 1987 240-DL for 14 years. 256,000 miles but that didn't mean a thing. Sold it last year because we needed a bigger vehicle.(a 2001 honda odyssey minivan took its place.)

American cars are good, but in my personal opinion, Volvo still smokes them for quality, reliability, and longevity(I'm sure to be flamed for saying this, but oh well.)

As for the layout, my advice is get used to it. I wasn't around when my parents owned any American cars, so I have a hard time getting used to the layout on American cars because I've always been around foreign cars.

Pay a visit to http://www.brickboard.com. This is a great site all about Volvo.
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RE: Volvo 240, What Do You Think?

Wed Nov 07, 2001 7:28 am

My mom has a 1998 Volvo S90 and it is a great car! Although it is a lot newer than the car you have been driving, they are great cars!!
 
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RE: Volvo 240, What Do You Think?

Wed Nov 07, 2001 9:30 am

The 240 is a TANK! An old neighbour of mine got into an accident a few years ago. Having only seen the damage done to their grey late-80s 240DL I assumed it wasn't a bad crash...however, the other car involved in this head-on was much more damaged. I was impressed.

Volvo later became a pioneer of crumple zones, or areas on cars that are commonly the area of direct contact in a crash. The crumple zones are designed to "crumple" in the case of an accident to make the shock easier to handle for the occupants of the car. So, with the more modern cars you'll notice more damage in a crash done to a Volvo, but they are still extremely stylish, safe vehicles.

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RE: Volvo 240, What Do You Think?

Wed Nov 07, 2001 1:03 pm

I personally prefer the inside look of Volvos and all Euro cars over all American and most Jap ones. Euro interiors have a much more utilitarian and conservative look, while Jap and American cars have all kinds of curves and stuff to make them look pretty (which makes it ugly IMO  Smile ). Ever see the inside of one of the newer Tauruses? Its all ovally and rounded, I hate it. Same with the Focus etc.
 
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RE: Volvo 240, What Do You Think?

Wed Nov 07, 2001 1:16 pm

My mom had a 1981 Volve 240 wagon that she just only sold about a year ago. It was a great car and she sold it for a good price too.
 
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RE: Volvo 240, What Do You Think?

Wed Nov 07, 2001 9:24 pm

I have always been driving Volvo. The latest is a 745 Turbo that I tuned. I kick some cerious ass now!
BMW M3 is one of them!  Big thumbs up

But if you tune a car like I have done, the engine needs to picked down in pieces every winter.
I balance and change alot in it every winter. Also change oil every 5000 km. in engine, differential + gearbox.
When in doubt, flat out!
 
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RE: Volvo 240, What Do You Think?

Thu Nov 08, 2001 2:59 am


If you live in Sweden you can't see anything special with the 240. It's just everywhere like all SAAB and Volvo models here.
I don't see anything wrong with the 240 though but I like the 700-series more (perhaps not the 780).
 
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RE: Volvo 240, What Do You Think?

Thu Nov 08, 2001 3:43 pm

One big problem with old Volvos, RWD...
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RE: Volvo 240, What Do You Think?

Fri Nov 09, 2001 1:37 am

In 1978, my mum and dad bought a brand-new beige Volvo 245DL station wagon. Very basic - AM/FM radio with two speakers, no A/C, vinyl seats. My mum drove that car until it was given to my sister to use for college in 1991. It was still in the family until 1998, when my sister, who was driving it at the time, traded it for a beat-up piece of crap 1980 VW Scirocco which she thought was cute, but blew its engine about a week after she traded the still great Volvo wagon for it. The 245 had over 140,000 miles on it at the time of its sale, with paint still in excellent condition (I kept it detailed from the time I learned to do that sort of work in 1981).

In 1984, my dad bought a new graphite metallic 244DL sedan, which he drove for literally hundreds of thousands of miles. Dad always swore by the comfort of the Volvo's seats - he has a bad hip, which bothers him only in certain sitting positions, and the Volvo's seat turned out to be ideal for him. Today, my sister drives that car, which still performs well and has not had one single major breakdown in almost 20 years, with over 250,000 miles on it. The paint of course went to hell, as is quite common for metallics on the older Volvos. My sister had it re-painted for $300 on special. LOL! Not a bad investment, considering the car still has its original engine and transmission.

In 1987, I purchased a silver 1982 244GL sedan as my first car, and upgraded it considerably with all sorts of Volvo accessories, including rear headrests, new Volvo stereo with equaliser, cruise control and matching headrest pads and front centre armrest. I used it for college, and it performed flawlessly, with no major breakdowns during any of the 2,200 mile treks I made in it from CA to TX twice per year for school. My 244GL had over 130,000 miles on it when I sold it in 1993 to finance a venture I was going to invest in overseas. I still see the car from time to time around the town where my parents live as it was sold to a local resident. It is in much sadder shape than I ever allowed it to fall into, but still running.

My mum now drives a dark metallic blue 1991 744GL, fully loaded with leather and ABS. She complains about the cost of maintaining it, but really, this should be nothing new to her or Dad as they have been driving Volvos since 1978. The 744 has over 135,000 miles on it. Dad drives a yellow 1989 244DL, which he got after he gave his old 244 to my sister. That car is fast approaching 100,000 miles as well. It must be said that the comfort of the 740 series is FAR superior to that of the 240 - Mum often comments that driving Dad's 244 is like driving a tank, compared to her smooth-riding luxury car. And of course, the 740 is much roomier, much more refined and drives much better than the 240.

It is no secret to any Volvo owner that the cars are expensive to maintain. Weak areas on the 240 include brakes, air conditioning and exhaust. I put a few thousand dollars into my 244GL, but all of the parts I had to change were parts that wear out during the normal life of a car. One of the secrets to the 240's reliability is that the engine and transmission are pretty basic - no complex electrical systems, no on-board computers. This changed somewhat when airbags and ABS were introduced on the series in 1990, but the cars still remained very basic and reliable. Rust has always been a major problem on the 240 series, which I think rather odd, considering the cars are designed in Sweden, where the winters are quite harsh. I have hardly seen a single 240 here in Wisconsin which does not have rust around the bottoms of the doors and in the wheel wells.

To sum it up, the 240 was a great design, very tough, and very safe. Although quite boxy and maybe pretty basic, the cars were comfortable and very reliable. I have long been considering purchasing a 260 series Bertone Coupe and restoring it. The only thing I would change if possible would be to install a 2.1 litre turbo four from a 244GLT, rather than the awful, unreliable, high-maintenance 2.7 litre V-6 which was standard on the Coupe.
 
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RE: Volvo 240, What Do You Think?

Fri Nov 09, 2001 5:41 am

A durable and very safe vehicle, but absolutely awful in slippery winter weather. A three season car only.
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RE: Volvo 240, What Do You Think?

Fri Nov 09, 2001 5:46 am

Stretch 8-

My mom's volvo actually has a button labeled "W", for wet weather and it does perform better in snow, rain...etc. The other buttons are labeled "S" for sport and "R" for regular.
 
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RE: Volvo 240, What Do You Think?

Fri Nov 09, 2001 7:37 am

Alessandro, IMO there is nothing wrong with RWD, the Porsche 911 is RWD  Big thumbs up
 
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RE: Volvo 240, What Do You Think?

Fri Nov 09, 2001 7:40 am

Most high performance cars are RWD. BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, Lambourghini, Ferrari, etc are all RWD I believe.
 
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RE: Volvo 240, What Do You Think?

Fri Nov 09, 2001 8:17 am

Volvo 240's aerodynamics isn't any better than a brick's.
 
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RE: Volvo 240, What Do You Think?

Fri Nov 09, 2001 10:05 am

HAHAHAH Staffan you have earned a spot on my respected users list for that! LOLOL
 
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RE: Volvo 240, What Do You Think?

Fri Nov 09, 2001 12:22 pm

Actually bricks are pretty aerodynamic... they have holes in em.... most Volvos don't. Unless they are rusted out.
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RE: Volvo 240, What Do You Think?

Sat Nov 10, 2001 10:01 pm

i think it is the best car you can get. congratulations! i would give a lot to have one. i'm a fan since years, my fave is the 264 and the 244 GL. those cars look great, also the earlier models, the 140 series. can you include a photo of youre one ?
 
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RE: Volvo 240, What Do You Think?

Sun Nov 11, 2001 2:57 pm

XtristarX,

You know it! Gotta love the turbos especially...I love my 760 Turbo!

Rides smooth as glass but is fast when you want it to be...IMO it doesn't get any better than that.
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Xtristarx

Mon Nov 12, 2001 5:46 am

I don't own it, it was loaner car my mechanic gave me for the day while my truck was being fixed.

I wouldn't have minded owning it though  Big thumbs up

Kris
 
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Bricks, Bricks...

Mon Nov 12, 2001 5:55 am

Well, nothing for being a Citroënist, RWD is something I
don´t like, Citroën was one of the first with FWD during the 1930ies and never changed since then (exept for the odd 4wd).....
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RE: Volvo 240, What Do You Think?

Mon Nov 12, 2001 6:56 am

We have a Volvo 242 from 1978 as our "workhorse". I agree, it rides like a truck, guzzles gas like a 727 but is very very reliable.

We used to have a 850 but my folks recently got a Saab 9-5 Wagon. Now, that is a really nice car...


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RE: Volvo 240, What Do You Think?

Mon Nov 12, 2001 7:34 am

USAir_757

damn hell, the 760 turbo blows everything away!!!
the versions for the northamerican markets look much more better than our ones.
how old is yours? i specially like the earlier models (but all are great!).
you are a respected user now because of your car  Smile

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