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940 saloon vs. estate.

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Old Feb 20th, 2018, 17:23   #11
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The estate is the more practical out of the two, the 2.3 is better suited in terms of power to weight ratio so has the potential to be less thirsty.

It all depends what you want really.
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Old Feb 20th, 2018, 22:33   #12
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I run my own property maintenance business and use my 1996 940 LPT estate, previously the 240.

I found a load cover and it hides all my cheap and basic tools. It's an auto with the B230FK engine. Really nice to drive and more comfortable than my 1989 240 GLT auto that I still have 9 years later.
I have spent a grand bringing it up to spec and even got the AC working.

I bought the 940 as I wanted a car with more luxury like ABS, AC, Electric sunroof, drivers airbag etc. Apart from the AC when I bought it, it all worked.

The best thing is both cost virtually nothing to buy. 240 350 9 years ago and 940 250 but spent a further 1k. I like that they are both automatics.

240 needs some TLC and rust repairs in the spring/ summer but very simple and reliable. I like the B230E engine.

I also have a hankering for a Toyota land cruiser Colorado VX auto diesel model but 2-3k for a late 90's early 2000 model. The non VX not as well equipped as my 940. Love the styling of the amazon but mega money.
I bet fuel economy isn't great on a 3 litre diesel auto! Insurance is 650, 940 450.

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Old Feb 21st, 2018, 17:01   #13
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The 2 litre turbo will be quicker than a 2.3 LPT but upping the boost is easy and at the end of the day the 96/7 block can be tuned harder, particularly if you change the turbo.

The estate might have the ALD - useful when its slippery, and probably will have nivomat shocks - wonderful for loads and all-round excellent until they need replacing. They should do 130,000 miles or more. Check by looking - they look upside-down as correctly fitted! Nivos should pump up the ride height if you let the vehicle stand for an hour then jump up and down on the towbar. If they don't do that, or leak, walk away. They are several hundred to replace if you can find the right ones.

I have a B230ET, a B234F, two B230FTs and a B6304. None do over 25 mpg and with abuse do less.
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I prefer my 940 estate because the anti theft device would'nt fit in a saloon.P1010001_edited [800x600].JPG
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I prefer my 940 estate because the anti theft device would'nt fit in a saloon.Attachment 110576
Very nice! On the limits of space with those three i reckon though! Three rotties and a Huskador were a bit cramped in mine!
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