Reasons to drive a Volvo

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Cathy, Aug 30, 2003.

  1. Cathy

    Cathy Guest

    In 1985 I bought a new 1985 Volvo 240 DL Wagon to replace my 1978
    Cutlass. I loved everything about it with the exception of the weak
    A/C. I drove it until 1993 when I was involved in a serious accident
    and walked away without a scratch although the car was totaled (it had
    rolled).

    So I purchased a brand new 1993 240 Classic wagon. I put down the
    settlement from my 1985 model and financed the rest over 3 years.
    Since 1996 I have had no car payments. The car is just about to turn
    over the 100K mark and there is not a thing wrong with it. I still
    have my car serviced at the dealer along with completing the
    maintenance there, and the expenses are reasonable. All I pay for is
    gas, insurance, and maintenance expenses - no car payment. On top of
    it, due to the fact that my car is garaged and washed a lot, it looks
    perfect. The interior is immaculate, and I replaced the floor mats
    recently, making it look even better.

    Not making any car payment since 1996 has allowed me to spend more
    money on things like new clothing and trips to Europe, unlike my
    friends who must make a car payment every month in order to have a new
    car every three years.

    I love my 240!

    -Cathy
     
    Cathy, Aug 30, 2003
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  2. Not bad. My current 245 [Brick No 10] came from a Brazilian student who
    had left this country and given it to a friend to dispose of, with a
    cracked windscreen and dead starter motor. It cost NZ$50 [US$28.5851 at
    today's exchange rate]. NZ$120 for overhauling the starter motor. Runs
    on farm registration, NZ$25 for 3 months. Rustproofed body in excellent
    condition. Someone took the rubber facings off the bumpers, so they are
    intimidating metal beams = excellent traffic weapons. Photo before
    waxing [NZ$11] and fitting chrome wheel bands, so it looks quite smart
    now: http://classiccarfair.orcon.net.nz/volvo245.htm
    Car payments? That's just dumb. Cheers from Godzone.
     
    Classic Car Fair, Aug 30, 2003
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    Griz Guest

    Volvos are good for that, buy it, pay for it for a few years then drive
    forever without paying for it again!!I have a 940with 228,000 miles on it,
    running great!

    Griz
     
    Griz, Aug 30, 2003
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    brackenburn Guest

    Hi Cathy,

    Like yourself, my wife has a '93 240 Classic wagon, purchased new, and she
    too loves it. Not 100 but 200K on the clock! (Kilometres....) and running
    like a sewing machine (Husqvarna.....) Dutiful servicing at the dealer does
    help. In addition I change the oil and filter every 4000 Km. Regretfully I
    have to admit it has never been garaged. Nevertheless after washing it
    yesterday, it looks like new.

    What colour is yours? My wife's is blue/green metallic. She calls it
    "Bluebottle"..........

    Viva Volvo!
    Andy I.
     
    brackenburn, Aug 31, 2003
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    Craig Guest

    In late '99 I took a job involving a 110 each way commute from the
    east side of south florida to the west. I was looking for a good 240
    (having had several over the years) to pile the miles on when I came
    across a Mint 1990 780 Bertone Coupe
    with 27,000 miles on it. Over the next year I added another 50,000 to
    it before the commuting job ended. It now has 110,000 and I refuse
    to consider getting rid of it because it just does everything so well,
    including getting comments about "Volvo makes a two door?"
    This car has never let me down and never had any problem that wasn't
    routine.

    It's really too bad Volvo's credibilty back then for competing with
    the BMW and Benz Coupes wasn't sufficient to keep these in production
    as it was truly ahead of it's time.

    My daughter drives our previous '93 Classic Wagon, and is getting
    "tired" of it, wanting a rice burner like all of her friends. That
    car will be coming home to my garage before she trades it. I can't
    haul plywood or a boat load of luggage with the Coupe!
    Craig
     
    Craig, Sep 1, 2003
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  6. Time to modify it for more power and better suspension I say ;)
     
    Joseph Oberlander, Sep 1, 2003
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    James Sweet Guest

    Heh drop in a B230FT with a bit of extra boost and completely smoke the new
    rice burner :)\


    A 240 classic wagon is a damn nice car, I'd love to have one myself except I
    think 2 cars is enough.
     
    James Sweet, Sep 1, 2003
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