New Volvos are nice and all, but why did they ever stop building the 240? It was functional, easy to work on, and could be driven for decades. In fact, you still see quite a few kicking around because they really were some of the most durable cars ever built. Take this one for example. It has 188k miles and is still going strong. The owner inherited it from his sister and has been using it daily for the past four years. It’s not perfect, but has a lot of life left. It’s located in Harrisonburg, Virgina and Ed would like to get $2,750. More photos can be found here and you can contact Ed here via email if interested.
Here’s a view from the backseat and as you can see, there’s nothing fancy in there. This was still before Volvo decided they were a luxury brand. Their focus was still on building durable and safe machines. This may not have all the gadgets found in today’s cars, but the headrests and crumple zones really do make this a relatively safe place to be during your morning commute. The sight of the manual shift knob poking up is a welcome one because they weren’t exactly screamers.
They had enough power to haul you, your family, and a load in the back though. The 4-speed with overdrive is going to make it easier to keep up with traffic and you may have to learn to downshift for hills if you are used to having a V8. Luckily, these engines don’t have the oomph or thirst of a big V8 while still being just as stout. The block found in this wagon is just about indestructible so as long as you change the oil and motor mounts occasionally, you should be good to go.
It may not be powerful and it’s certainly not stylish, but as far a utility goes, these old Volvos can’t be beat! They are like a Swiss Army Knife – they aren’t exceptionally good at any one thing, but they can do just about everything. They are tough old birds too. This one evensurvived a hurricane back in 2011 when a tree fell on it. The damage was minor and has all been repaired. The clutch and starter have also been replaced recently and it just passed inspection in September. So, it’s ready for someone to see how many more miles they can add to that odometer.