Hi, and thanks for your thoughts. Other than the cracked dash (black,
so probably cracked from the Sun) and the possibly broken driver's seat
(another way to talk the price down! assuming I can later repair it or
get a replacement in the junk yards), the interior is quite good and
clean. The rear seats are very comfortable.
Thanks for telling me about the toggle button for the overdrive, that
must be it. And if it stays on, like you said I could use that to
negotiate him down.
You mentioned fuel economy as being not-so-good. I just checked on the
EPA site http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/noframes/8983.shtml
and it gets
24MPG combined, which I don't find too bad with a car of this size. I
don't put a lot of mileage on my cars, so that wouldn't be too much of
a factor for me.
My main concern is reliability - not having a car that's going to
require me to be fiddling every weekend trying to fix this or that.
The low mileage indicates that the drivetrain should be relatively
trouble free anyway. I assume that older Volvos are probably plagued
with electrical problems and such...
Anyway, it's a much different car than a mid-90's Camry Wagon (which is
roomier, more comfortable, quieter) but there's something appealing
about the utilitarian nature of a Volvo wagon. With some TLC, this one
may last me for quite a few years, if I can keep the rust away from it.
If anyone else has tips of what to pay particularly close eye to when
inspecting, I'd like to hear. I've heard the heating fan is tough to
replace, and to make sure that it works well (seems to). The rear
windshield washer/wiper works well too.
Since it comes with no service records, I may negotiate the dealer to
replace the timing belt as part of the selling price.
I'll mull it over some more, and may go have another look at it and
test drive on Monday. I got my girlfriend to go have a look at the
outside today, and she thought it looked very good.
Michael Pardee wrote:
> <email@example.com> wrote in message
> > HI all,
> > I'm shopping for a wagon. Would prefer getting a Camry wagon (92-96)
> > but they are quite scarce around here. Found a 90 240 wagon being sold
> > by a dealer who picked it up at an auction. Just over 100,000 kms!
> > Body was rust-proofed so is quite good, no major rust showing anywhere.
> > Interior is quite clean (dash is cracked in two places). The driver's
> > seat doesn't feel very comfortable, maybe I'm not used to Volvo seats
> > (feels like it's caving in or something). Drives well. ANyway, the
> > dealer would sell it for $5500 cdn and I'm wondering if that's a
> > reasonable price for a car with this low mileage. No A/C
> > unfortunately. Power windows and door locks work, and it seems to have
> > heated seats.
> > How reliable would this car be? I need a commuting and general
> > all-around car, and like the flexibility of a wagon. I am handy and
> > can do a lot of repairs myself, with a good manual.
> > Thoughts?
> > Anything I should look for in the 240 wagon?
> > Oh, on the dash there is a row of indicator lights with symbols, and
> > the rightmost one (an arrow) is lit. Not sure what it means...
> > THanks,
> > --Robert
> That is a good vintage of a sturdy car. The interior will probably limit the
> useful life - at 235K miles (about 380K km) our '85 760 turbo wagon is
> reliable but the interior has cracked into a hundred pieces. I'm no expert
> on the price you should expect to pay, though.
> The driver's seat sounds like it is broken - I've never done a repair myself
> but I'm sure others here have. If that arrow is the orange "up" arrow, it
> means the overdrive is locked out manually. There should be a button near
> your thumb on the side of the shifter that toggles that on and off, but if
> it stays on when you push the button you have a minor repair ahead of you.
> (The dealer probably doesn't know it's minor - if you point out the
> overdrive isn't working you may bring him down a bit: like $5500 if he gets
> it fixed or $5000 as is.)
> The worst news is the fuel economy. The saying that "nobody ever bought a
> Volvo for fuel economy" applies to the 240.