1990 240 has 225,000 miles: who can top that?

Discussion in 'Volvo 240' started by storitman, Jul 19, 2005.

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    storitman Guest

    Anybody out there got higher mileage, and it's still a daily driver? Please
    storitman, Jul 19, 2005
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    Bev A. Kupf Guest

    Neither of our Volvos are over 200,000 miles. But someone I meet
    often, and who used to post to this group (Karen B.) has over
    300,000 miles on a daily-driver 1993 850 GLT.
    Bev A. Kupf, Jul 19, 2005
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    Steve Guest

    We bought our 97 850 with ~80 on the clock, it's now up to 135.
    I see no reason save a major failure, or the price of gas (just bought 91
    octane shell for USD 2.649/Gal) keeping us from going well over 225.

    In France I was paying around 5ish us per gallon of deisel when I converted
    it out, has the price of gas risen in Europe as much as here--in the spring
    gas was ~USD 2.059/gallon or so, and 87 octane was around USD 1.909/gal.

    The rapidly rising price of gas is a big factor in my used volvo vs new
    Acura TSX calculus. 4 cyl, 200 hp 28 MPG...hard to beat...
    On the other hand nice used 960's are ~$3-5000...
    Steve, Jul 19, 2005
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    Steve Guest

    We just put down our daily driver last week, a 1990 740 GLE (16-valve)
    wagon with just shy of 240,000 miles (was hoping to make it to a
    quarter million). The timing belt unexpectedly (and catastrophically)
    failed with only about 35,000 miles on it. The car was being driven
    over 250 miles per week and averaged 26 - 27 MPG.
    Steve, Jul 19, 2005
  5. 1985 245 273K miles. Dying of rust.

    Howard Nelson, Jul 19, 2005
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    jds Guest

    12th on the high mileage club!

    452600 and climbing!!

    jds, Jul 19, 2005
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    Randy G. Guest

    I am headed out this weekend to look at and possibly purchase a 1990
    240DL 5 speed stick wagon with 190,000 on it...
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    Randy & \ \/ /alerie's
    '93 960 Estate
    Randy G., Jul 19, 2005
  8. My 1978 264 went to about 450K. I don't know exactly because the odometer
    broke at 375K. We drove it for another 5 years after that.
    Robert Lutwak, Jul 19, 2005
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    Joe Blizzard Guest

    Not a Volvo story, but I traded in an 86 Nissan Stanza Wagon (called a
    "Prairie" outside the US) a few years ago with 265K miles on it. The
    salesman grabbed all his cohorts and dragged them over to see it as none of
    them had taken a trade with that many miles on it before. And yes, I was
    driving it every day up to then. Here's hoping my little V40 does at least
    as well.
    Joe Blizzard, Jul 19, 2005
  10. Check out Irv Gordon in NY state. His 1800 has more than 2,000,000 miles
    certified and is still his daily driver. He is number 1 on the High mileage

    All the best, Peter.
    Peter K L Milnes, Jul 20, 2005
  11. My 1990 240 has over 300,000 km and still gets daily use at 120 km/h on the
    Judy and Brad, Jul 20, 2005
  12. 235,300 miles on our '85 765T and I add about 100 miles per week. Original
    turbo and the head has never been off the engine. The original windshield,
    too, which is amazing in Arizona.

    A decade ago I gave away a 1970 145 on the high side of 290K miles - I
    rebuilt the engine at 190K because the rings had been broken by detonation
    before I bought it. I put in the thick head gasket and matching water pump
    ring and had no more detonation.

    Michael Pardee, Jul 20, 2005
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    James Sweet Guest

    Sure, '79 242 with 229K, '86 245 with 243K and '87 744 Turbo with 270K, all
    still daily drivers and running strong.
    James Sweet, Jul 20, 2005
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    Steve Guest

    Not to rain on your parade, but in the USA, a car with 186,000 miles on it
    going 75 MPH every day is perhaps not common but surely not unusual,
    especially in the west (where the miles are quite a bit easier, so it might
    not be apples to apples...)

    My 91 Acura (honda) has ~152,000 and it goes 80-85 MPH fairly
    frequently--and it runs fine, either full size Ford and Chevy, or quality
    Japanese (e.g. toyota and Nissan) pick up trucks tend to get 300,000 miles
    all the time, but then with their heavy duty components not a real fair

    It seems to me that one sees many many more cars on the road with well over
    100,000 miles on them--when I was a kid in the 60's it was quite uncommon.

    Perhaps the type of driving has a huge effect on the impressiveness of the
    miles driven...
    Steve, Jul 20, 2005
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    bob Guest

    89 240 daily driver 255,000 and I still get it up around 100mph at least 3
    days a week and sideways every chance I get...
    bob, Jul 21, 2005
  16. I had a customer in my shop today whose '93 Civic showed 349,000 on
    the clock and still runs & drives perfectly.
    Regular oil changes, tire rotations (she said she got 100,000 out of
    her last set of tires).
    James Goforth, Jul 21, 2005
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    Randy G. Guest

    I bet she doesn't know how to toe-heel downshift or power drift out of
    a corner! ;-)

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    Randy & \ \/ /alerie's
    '93 960 Estate
    Randy G., Jul 21, 2005
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    Steve Guest


    Steve, Jul 21, 2005
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    Jim Corey Guest

    Our 86 740--350,000 plus. Had it since it was new. Just replaced engine
    wiring harness. We gave our 99 S-80 to our kids; too many problems. The
    740 keeps running.
    Jim Corey, Jul 22, 2005
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    Rusty, Jul 22, 2005
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