Volvo 240 Estate
This was my first Volvo 240. It’s a 240 DL of 1990 and runs on petrol and LPG. The car has a B230 engine and M47 5-speed manual gearbox
The 245 was driving like a tipsy duck and the paintwork (not even a metallic paint) was pretty dull. But after a long day of waxing and polishing the car looked much better. The tires were brand-new but of a unknown Chinese manufacturer who should choose a other market because the grip was horrible. I replaced the wheels and tires with 740/760-wheels (and Uniroyal tires, which came together with the used alloy wheels) and the car really handled a lot better!
After big maintenance (with new bushes, bearings and again new tires because I drove so much the Uniroyals were worn out) and replacing the seats by new ones the car drives like a 240 should drive: pretty good and nice at the highway (but not so good in cornering and bumpy roads compared with the 940). The thing I missed the most of my Volvo 940 (which I had before this 240) was the automatic gearbox.Switching from a automatic transmission to a manual gearbox feels like travelling back in time. After a while the distances I should drive were decreasing and the road taxes were too high compared with the new mileage I drove. So I sold the car and bought a S40 with LPG G3 (controlled direct LPG-injection, which is a lot cheaper in taxes). Fun fact: the LPG-tank was fitted at the Volvo importer and had a sticker with “Speciaal ingebouwd voor Volvo Nederland” (which means: “Specially built in for Volvo Netherlands”).
The new owner kept the car for a couple of years, but now it’s exported to another country (in most cases it would be Eastern Europe).
1990 Volvo 240 DL Estate gallery
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