240s - What to Get, What to Avoid

Discussion in 'Volvo 240' started by Patricia Butler, Dec 21, 2005.

  1. I've seen info posted either here or elsewhere about which 240s
    (specifically wagons) are desireable and which aren't, and why. A
    friend is hoping to buy a 240 wagon sometime soon, and I'd like to be
    able to provide her with those guidelines. Does anyone know where I
    can find them? Or would folks be willing to post their recommendations
    here so I can pass them on to her?

    Thanks much,
    Patricia Butler, Dec 21, 2005
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  2. For more info, see www.brickboard.com.

    *All* are desirable and good cars, IMHO. However:
    * 1980-1987 240s have wiring harness problems that may cost about $500 to
    fix. Check for crumbling insulation on wires under the hood.
    * Some 1990s cars have ABS and an airbag. This can be good or bad,
    depending on what you're looking for.
    * 1993s have a lockup torque converted on the auto gearbox for more
    * Cars up to 1986 were offered with a 4-speed manual (with or without
    electric overdrive). Later cars were 5-speeds (the 5-speed boxes are
    considered weaker, but mine has lasted 195k so far).
    * Cars after 1986 have a smaller steering wheel making for more knee room
    * Cars after 1986 have plastic headlights that get yellow over time.
    About $100-150 per side to change
    * A turbo was only offered from (IIRC) 1980 to 1985.
    * Cars made after 1983 or so have better (electronic rather than
    mechanical) fuel injection. However, turbos always had the mechanical
    * Cars later than 1987 or so seem to rust less due to better paint/body
    * 240s after 1991 or so get a better AC system with an electric fan and
    R134a coolant
    * 1993s and some turbo models got power mirrors

    Takes your choice and gets yer pick,
    Andrew Szafran, Dec 21, 2005
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  3. Last post of the day....I have to get over to the dealer.
    As far as I'm concerned, there's nothing to really be concerned over
    with a 200 series of any model, with the possible exception of the
    underhood wiring. These cars were pretty much bullet-proof. Since it
    sounds like your friend will probably be keeping the car for a while,
    I'd search out the latest model that she can find, with the lowest
    mileage and the most cosmetically perfect. Check all of the window
    switches. On the 200's they can go kind of suddenly, like mine did last
    year. Right off the top, I can't remember any real glaring faults in
    these cars, like on the new Volvos. I have an old Volvo 200 that I
    bought new ('84) and as far as I'm concerned, they can bury me in that
    car. I've never had a problem with it. Oh, yes, the chime for the key in
    the ignition has stopped working unless you push the button on the door
    jamb in and out. Great brakes, great steering, solid and a really nice
    road car. The A.C. isn't anything to write home about but it's on a par
    with the Jaguar that I used to own about ten years ago. Something tells
    me that the A.C. was improved toward the end of the 200 series run. If
    she gets a four cylinder engine, if a timing belt snaps, it won't cost
    you $6,000. for an new engine. There are many 200 series Nuts in this
    group. They'll give you more info.
    .................................................., Dec 21, 2005
  4. Patricia Butler

    James Sweet Guest

    They changed so little over the years that it's not so cut and dry.
    Personally I'd look for the newest one I could find in the nicest
    condition available. Cosmetic facelifts occurred in '81 and '86, '84 is
    the last year of the Turbo, '89 is when the engine wiring harness was
    updated so the insulation doesn't rot out. '90 got the new style windows
    and trim on the tailgate and windshield, and at some point around then
    rear seat headrests were added. ABS became available around '90, and the
    dashboard was changed very slightly around that time as well. From '90
    on to '93 when the 240 was discontinued the cars are virtually identical
    in every way.
    James Sweet, Dec 21, 2005
  5. This is all really great, everyone. I'm printing it all out to give to
    her. THANKS!!!!
    Patricia Butler, Dec 21, 2005
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