Volvo 244 diesel
My other car which I drove regularly is a Volvo 244 GL D6 diesel (D24-engine, made by Volkswagen) and automatic transmission which was build at October 1979 and has modelyear 1980. The car was painted in a bronze metallic paint but is being resprayed a couple of years ago in colorcode 220 (Beige gold metallic, which was available on the Volvo 340 and 360). The diesel-engine and BW55 automatic gearbox are being completely refurbished a couple of years ago by a workshop which is specialized in rebuilding VW LT-engines (the D24-engines were also fitted into Volkswagen LT commercial trucks). The car is equipped with beige leather upholstery. Originally the car had brown cloth I think, since the car had some dark brown plastic parts like the kickpanels and the B-pilars.
The engine of the car was rebuild at 200.000km. The automatic transmission was also completely refurbished. And the complete service history of the car was included.
The Volvo 244 was imported from Belgium in 2005. The first owner had the car for more than 26 years! I’m the thirth owner of the Volvo.
I sold the car last April after having the car for more than three years. The rear wheelarches started to rust from the inside. It wasn’t very bad and it would last for several years but since I can’t weld and had enough of the (sometimes) bad starts in the winter I decided to sell the car.
But I shouldn’t sell the Volvo diesel: it was a very nice car which handles a lot better than the petrol version (the diesels had a slightly different front suspension). And since I’m considering to replace my Volvo V70 with a Volvo 240 as daily driver I could have use the 244 diesel again as a daily driver. I’m regretting I sold the car. 🙁
Volvo 244 GL D6 diesel automatic image gallery
Here are a couple of pics of my good old Volvo 240 diesel with BW 55 automatic transmission. Click on the image for a larger version. It will open in a new window/tab. Enjoy!
After owning the car for a couple of weeks my girlfriend and I were planning to go to Sweden and Denmark. We’re considering to use the Volvo 740 of my girlfriend but we decided to take the Volvo 244 diesel. Not sure if it would be okay to use it in the winter (diesel doesn’t like winter), but only one way to find out! After checking the car, installing Vredestein winter tires and installing a heavy duty battery (which was used in light trucks with 12V-system) we’re ready to go!
And it was amazing: the car really handled well and didn’t have any problems with starting at (very) low temperatures! We drove about 5.000km with the Volvo 244 and the average fuel consumption was about 1:14 (7.1L/100km). Not bad for a three-speed automatic gearbox and old diesel-engine!
After a while I bought a wheel trim ring set of Ravus with small white walls (1 inch). Most people in The Netherlands think it isn’t original and it shouldn’t be installed on a Volvo 240 or 260. But they forgot the 240s and 260s were delivered in the USA and Canada with white sidewall tires! And in most countries it also was an accessory. It suits my 244 pretty well.
The Ravus set is very easy to install: you have to mount the sidewall and teflon protective ring over the high polished stainless ring and fasten it with plastic clips.
Thanks to the mechanic of the company where I worked I got a front spoiler for my Volvo 244. The front spoiler is only suitable for the old type aluminum bumper. Unfortunately the spoiler has some damage. It’s made of fiberglass and plastic and I thought it was an aftermarket spoiler. But after reading some old Volvo accessory-catalogs it seemed it could be an original Volvo-spoiler which sold for only a couple of years.
I was considering to install the spoiler, but it needed a lot of work and a respray. Because the spoiler was damaged I cut off the sides to the similar design of the late type spoiler but I forgot the underside of the spoiler was wider and thicker so it got a strange look. I painted it black but the front spoiler was never installed on my Volvo 240: it was too big and looked like a shovel. And thanks to the rear heavy duty springs I think the car could scrape the ground at tresholds and bumpy roads.
When I decided to sell the Volvo 244 diesel I removed the Ravus white wall set. It lost it’s glory (the rings weren’t damaged but the white walls didn’t really survive the winter) and without it the car looked a bit better.
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