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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

The Volvo 240 Wagon

Photo by Salt Water New England
The Way Cars Should Be.

25 comments:

  1. I'm showing my age, but my affection for the Volvo 240 (and 940) wagons is increasing. I was looking for one to buy and it seems most of these cars still on the road are located in Princeton New Jersey and Vermont, and aren't for sale...

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  2. A proven workhorse, that just keeps going! We love ours! Cheers!

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  3. ROBERT REICHARDTJune 8, 2022 at 8:52 PM

    I still own the "ageless" 240DL Sedan I bought new back in Chicago in 1989, and won't ever part with it. And you're right - most people don't sell their 240s.

    A few years ago, I replaced a good deal of the original mechanical parts: a new engine (used with much less mileage - Volvo doesn't make this type anymore), new fuel pumps, steering, new fuel injection system, brakes, etc. I spent probably about five times the Blue Book Value of the car - as was pointed out to me - but it was worth it to save it even though it's rarely driven. The car was always garaged so the body is still in good shape. 240s forever.

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  4. My first Volvo wagon was a 145, then a 240, then XC70, followed by an XC90 (2005) and now an XC90 (2016). The 240 was a great car.., until it wasn't.

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  5. There are the predictable Pacific Rim made cars on the streets of Beirut.
    Then there are 1980’s vintage Mercedes and old Volvos, lots of them.

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  6. The King of the Road. Virtue on Wheels.

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  7. There was a time when all of my parents’ friends drove these. (My folks drove Toyotas) My brother had a diesel for a time which he loved. His best mate tinkered with them and air cooled VW’s. I tried buying one once when I was about 17 but the owner sold it before I could return from the bank!
    -JM, VA

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  8. Had a silver wagon in the mid-80s. Miss it.

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  9. We had a 245 for eighteen years and unknown mileage. We bought it new, but it was replaced with a used 740 wagon, which unfortunately did not last as long. I drove a V40 for a number of years and our daughter still has an S60. It's entirely possible that those Volvo are what led me to this blog, but more likely the Land-Rover photos.

    While the 240 was good, even great, for what it was meant for, it certainly isn't what all cars should be. I have a long list of other cars that were all quite different and mostly un-Volvo-like, but only a few of which I actually ever owned. Some were as practical as the Volvo wagon, others were, well, just cars that I wanted to own, like the two Rover sedans. Some, like the Peugeots, went off the market before I had a chance to buy one. One, a Bristol, which I saw in a used car lot, were so rare that few have even heard of them. But twice I got to drive a Citro├źn, which is probably as far as I should have gone in that direction.

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  10. An industrial-strength car!

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  11. Currently have 1992 Volvo 240 DL Wagon with 289M miles preceded by 1983 Volvo 240 GL Wagon Roof Rack & 3rd Seat. They are nicknamed as a "Brick". Substance over style. Most owners have the Bentley Manuals & work on them or reference specific blogs such as Brickboard. Main issue is age & finding parts. You have to be creative. I find that Voluparts in Ga has a great inventory & know the vehicle. Have a good Volvo mechanic who knows 240's....I tell him my diagnosis & proposed fix..we usually agree. You better know that car. Keep a book in glove compartment detailing all maintenance from purchase to current date.
    Do not rely on receipts. Bring that book out, no one is going to question you. Yep, I am a shade tree mechanic..49, 55, 65, Chevy's , 66 Mustang ,65 Lemans, 84 Grand Wagoneer, Various Suburban's, 99 528it, 11 528i.
    Being an engineer, I don't have too many arguments.
    Best vehicle today is a Riceburner , Toyota Land Cruiser bar none. Ranks up with 240. Certainly happy with mine. FYI...no rear sticker on mine

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  12. I had a 1982 240 Diesel sedan that I purchased when it was 2-3 years old. It lasted quite a few years until it rusted out due to the heavy salting our streets get in the winter.

    The past few cars I have driven are the poor man's Volvo, Subaru's.

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  13. The 240 is a wonderful car but unsuitable as a reliable everyday vehicle. I wonder what current car compares to it.

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  14. We own two Volvos now, and I would love to guy a good second-hand XC70, but I HATED my parent's 1983 240DL wagon. It was such a rattletrap, and body role was awful. But, it was solid . . . .

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    1. The DL wagon had two faults. At least ours did. For one thing, it went through a lot of mufflers and tailpipes. I think the problem may have been the way they were suspended. Ours also started rusting out behind the rear tires, if I remember correctly, and the rusting probably may have hastened the frequent tailpipe and muffler replacements.

      At the time we bought that Volvo, the only other car I considered was a Peugeot 504 wagon. How that might have turned out, we'll never know. But Peugeot left the US market soon after that.

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    2. Audi A4/Allroad or Q5 would be comparable

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  15. True workhorse! My brother, sister, and I had one in the late 80’s thru 90’s. Drove thousands of I95 miles from Boston to DC in all types of weather - college bound! What a beast, college stickered rear windscreen, carried more collegiate crap one could imagine. We currently own three Volvos of varying types, however, I would buy a 240 wagon in a heartbeat. Just can’t find the anywhere!

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  16. Sigh. I really miss my old 244DL in monkey vomit green. A sedan, but a wonderful car with surprising pick-up on the interstates. Sadly a cracked engine block and a grad student's finances put an end to that relationship. But what a wonderful few years we had.

    Kind Regards,

    Heinz-Ulrich

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  17. Volvos have improved tremendously since the 240 series. My first Volvo was a 1986 240 DL wagon. I loved it, but was disappointed in its handling in the snow. I subsequently owned a 1994 940 wagon, a 1999 xc70, and a 2005 xc 70. The 2005 was the best of the lot, but the Volvo dealer left my town, so in 2015 I replaced it with a Lexus NX300h. I miss lots of things about the Volvo, but I have to say my maintenance costs are a lot lower now, and the Lexus front wheel drive is as good as the Volvo's all wheel drive in inclement weather.

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  18. Age sixteen, driving to a sailing regatta from Cape Cod to Northeast Harbor, Maine: us kids fooling around in the back seat of a 240 trying to see how many grapes we could get in our mouths. One kid started tickling another as we went through a toll booth and the one with her mouth full of grapes 'projectile-spit' them out into the coin collection bin.

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  19. My father had a Volvo, just like this one. He passed away in 1995, we sold the car, I should have kept it. The glove box would fly open every time we went over a bump.

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  20. We had a Volvo 240, well maintained. The camshaft froze in the cylinder head. I haven't owned a Volvo since.

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  21. A good friend in high school bought a used burgundy red Volvo 264 in 1981, which was my first experience with a Volvo. I was in the back seat when we were hit hard by a Ford pickup truck on ice during a snowy evening in Cold Spring Harbor, NY. I was so thankful that car was built like a tank because we all walked away from the accident unscathed.

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  22. The first Volvo I ever rode in was the predecessor of the 245, which I think was a 220. It was owned by one of the more interesting people I became acquainted with in college. We started the same year and even with me taking three years off to serve in the army, I still managed to graduate before him. He also owned a long wheelbase Land-Rover, which made him all that more interesting. However, he claimed that his Dodge pickup truck was the more practical vehicle of all of them.

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