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Old May 15th, 2019, 06:27   #1
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Hello everyone,

I'm looking at lowering my expenses and considering getting a Volvo 240 to do so. I've read on reddit and numerous other places how reliable the 240 series is, and how easy they are to work on, but are they easy to work on for someone who doesn't have much experience working on cars?

I've done the basics (i.e. changing tires, oil, brakes), but I don't have a tool chest full of all sorts of tools. Would I be able to get by with an owner's manual and some various tools like screwdrivers, wrenches and a drill? I fully understand that I'll eventually need to order parts, but I don't have access to an engine hoist, car lift, etc.

Thanks for any info!
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Old May 15th, 2019, 09:37   #2
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Good morning, 'Mark3217', and welcome to the forum. I don't know how motoring costs in the States compare with those in the UK, but having owned several 240s back in the day, I can confirm that the 2 series Volvos are inherently reliable cars if conscientiously maintained.

They are relatively simple cars in comparison with today's offerings, and you won't have the complex electronics to deal with. So yes, I would say that you should be able to service and repair one without too many problems using the resources that you mention. If you did hit a snag, there is plenty of good advice available on here - all you need to do is ask.

That is on the mechanical side. Bear in mind that the youngest 240 is now 26 years old and you also have the potential for extensive body corrosion, which may require advanced welding skills and equipment to tackle - or expensive garage bills! If I were in your position, therefore, I would look for the most bodily sound car that I could find and then concentrate on improving it mechanically. Do you have the equivalent of our annual MOT test, if so that should give you a good idea of the underlying condition?

In the UK, good 2 series cars are now being recognised as collectible and as such can command a healthy price premium. In contrast, 7 and 9 series cars, which are mechanically similar and generally more rust resistant, are much cheaper and represent something of a bargain over here at present.

These cars may also qualify for classic car insurance, which can also show a worthwhile saving, particularly if you are able to agree to a limited mileage. Being in the States, I assume that fuel economy is not a major factor in your motoring budget!

Hope this helps. Regards, John.
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Old May 15th, 2019, 12:34   #3
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Mark: ~ I have a 1988 240 that I purchased a few years back- one of my priorities when looking for an everyday usable classics had been one with very low technical aspects.
This car fits the bill exactly- I believe later models are a little more complicated (not sure how this applies to your regulations) maintenance is quite straight forward you will know most- the rest can be learnt as it is not computer complicated!
Buy the best you can- get a decent works manual & go for it.
You will not need a second mortgage for tools! Basic stuff will normally suffice.
I liked the car that much that I also bought a ’97 V70 a more advanced car in tech.terms but not silly stuff--- another keeper.

Good Luck you will enjoy yourself with some style!
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Much as I agree about the simplicity side and the fact I have liked my 240s, you will still be battling the age related items, I have now as year 2000 V70 and it keeps going, has now covered 260000miles and has only needed tyres brakes servicing etc during last 8 to 9 years and there is zero rust anywhere so much as I like the 240 I don't want to deal with old age issues and rust
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I purchased my first car and did wonder if it would ever reach 30- I still own it and it is now 66 years old! I think these cars are at a similar stage and with care & attention I see no reason why they shouldn’t reach this status. Yes some difficulties will always exist with classic ownership but the flip side is that more & more people & companies see the demand and move accordingly- The Volvo 240 & other stable mates are a lot easier in many respects than some earlier classic cars- have a go at restoring a wooden framed car- rust isn’t a great issue if tackled properly but fortunately descent cars are still available—time will tell- they deserve to be passed on.
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I had a 1989 240 GLT estate for 10 years and was my daily and only car for 8 years. It was very reliable and covered around 76,000 miles with me. Sold to new owner as couldn't have 3 cars and wasn't getting used much in the last 2 years as bought a 1996 Volvo 940 se lpt auto.

There were a few jobs that needed doing and general tidying as used as a workhorse. The 240 heater fan is a weekend job to do DIY as virtually a dash out job, so check heater fan works. Tailgate looms run through tailgate hinges and eventually break loosing things like tailgate wiper, heated screen etc. Looms available and not too bad to do. There are how too guides online.

In the UK rust is an issue. check front jacking points, behind rear bumper, end of sills, wheel arches, boot wheel wells etc

Mine had a B230E engine, mechanical Bosh fuel injection with AW70 auto gearbox and ran very well and had no major issues. Either age related like radiator etc and servicing etc

The 2.3 engine is the best for the weight. In the States you got the 240 Turbo. We never got it.

I moved onto the 940 as liked Ac and ABS brakes. 240's in the UK finding one with Ac is very very rare.
The other thing is service items on the 240 are cheaper than the 940.

The new owner very kindly invited me to see my old 240 and it was great to see him all shiny and getting some tlc that he so needed.

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Good morning, 'Mark3217', and welcome to the forum. I don't know how motoring costs in the States compare with those in the UK, but having owned several 240s back in the day, I can confirm that the 2 series Volvos are inherently reliable cars if conscientiously maintained.

They are relatively simple cars in comparison with today's offerings, and you won't have the complex electronics to deal with. So yes, I would say that you should be able to service and repair one without too many problems using the resources that you mention. If you did hit a snag, there is plenty of good advice available on here - all you need to do is ask.

That is on the mechanical side. Bear in mind that the youngest 240 is now 26 years old and you also have the potential for extensive body corrosion, which may require advanced welding skills and equipment to tackle - or expensive garage bills! If I were in your position, therefore, I would look for the most bodily sound car that I could uc browser shareit appvn find and then concentrate on improving it mechanically. Do you have the equivalent of our annual MOT test, if so that should give you a good idea of the underlying condition?

In the UK, good 2 series cars are now being recognised as collectible and as such can command a healthy price premium. In contrast, 7 and 9 series cars, which are mechanically similar and generally more rust resistant, are much cheaper and represent something of a bargain over here at present.

These cars may also qualify for classic car insurance, which can also show a worthwhile saving, particularly if you are able to agree to a limited mileage. Being in the States, I assume that fuel economy is not a major factor in your motoring budget!

Hope this helps. Regards, John.
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