1984 Volvo 240 GL Diesel
Well hey, all, I'm new here.
So, about my car...
I bought her on eBay back in September of 2006. She had had one owner, an elderly lady who had kept her waxed and garaged since new; the lady left the car to the Doberman Pinscher Rescue society of Fillmore, CA, in her will; they in turn sold it to me on eBay.
This car has lived its entire life in California, save for the past five months here in Virginia. As stated, the owner had it washed and waxed consistently. Oil + filter changes were done every 2.5k, and timing belt every 65k. The lady kept seat covers on the seats from Day 1, and I've kept them on. The seats underneath are factory-pristine. The paint is smooth and shiny, and there are no dents or dings anywhere.
Here are the specs:
1984 Volvo 240 GL Diesel
Snow white exterior/tan interior/chrome trim and rims
4-door sedan, seats five passengers
2.4L inline 6-cylinder VW/Audi diesel engine (this IS original to the car--Volvo purchased their diesel engines from Volkswagen)
5-speed manual transmission (4 positions, plus electronic overdrive button for 5th gear)
Has towing hitch
Manual windows, all work perfectly, and manual side mirrors
New big diesel battery
Front and rear defrosters
Heater works perfectly
Has A/C, it does blow cold!
Has original working Volvo sound system (4 speakers + AM/FM/Cassette)
No cracks in any of the glass
**MPG: 30 city/45 highway!!!**
I really wanted this car to be better than new, so she's been at a garage which specializes in vintage European cars: Classic Transit, in Stephens City, VA. These are the highlights of the thousands of dollars of work I've had them put into it, all in the past three weeks:
* All new glow plugs
* All new tires (with whitewalls, very classic look!)
* Sent injection pump to a diesel engine shop for a full, professional rebuild
* New engine wiring harness
* New antifreeze seals
* New starter motor (Bosch OEM)
* New overdrive solenoid
* Flushed brake system
* New windshield washer fluid tubing
She has zero problems of any kind, looks like a showroom piece, starts and drives better than new.
I've attached only a few pictures so far: more are on the way! The pictures of the engine were taken by me back in December. The other two pictures--the picture of the front end and of the dash area--are NOT of this car; those are stock photos of the Euro edition...I included them just so you can have an idea of what this car looks like until I can take actual photos tomorrow; they do show, however, the correct colors. If you want a photo, or close-up, of anything specific, just ask and I'll be happy to take it with my digital.
She has only 100535 miles on her--and will, no doubt, live up the diesels' reputation of 400000 or even more. I've put all the money into replacing the old parts--the rubber parts, and the parts that give you problems after 20 years or so. This car turns a lot of heads. She has a very classic, stately, dignified, elegant look to her.
There are no leaks, and there is no unsightly dirt or excessive residue. Everything is perfectly clean. This car has no rust, the glass has no cracks, the seats have no tears. All the gauges and dials (odometer, speedometer, fuel gauge, temperature gauge, and clock) work without fault. All the lights, internal, external, and dash, work fine.
This car's emissions-control system, EGR valve and all, is working perfectly. It does not smoke, not even on start-up or acceleration.
The car has all its original sales materials (original window sticker, owner's manuals, bill of sale, original service records, etc.). All locks work, as does the central locking system. The trunk in this thing is--as was the case with the larger, classic cars--about half the size of Montana. You can fit sooooo much cargo in there. Nothing is cracked or warped or discolored or wrinkled. The car seats five comfortably, with seatbelts for all. There is a fold-down armrest in the back seat; in addition, there is plenty of leg-room and head-room. The front seats are adjustable, and the driver's side has adjustable lumbar support. The floor is carpeted, and the cloth seats are very smooth and comfortable. There is a spare tire with jack included.
The clutch, which is very easy on the knee, is as smooth as butter. All the gears shift smoothly. The brakes stop you on a dime. The e-brake is good and tight. The engine shuts right down when you turn the key off. It's very quick off the line, and also very quick to accelerate. It's not sluggish in any way.
(I was, at one point, going to sell it on eBay, due to finances; that was the text from the auction).