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I did a lot of research and decided to purchase a 1988 Vclvo 245. (Maroon with Tan seats, panels and carpet). Everything I read stated it was a extremely reliable car. I purchased it in PA and have been working on multiple repairs. <p>The car was not represented correctly and I am discovering issues as I go. <br>U-Pull gave me a free Hayes Manual - I can not find anything to help me in this book. I bougth a Bentley Sevice Manual from Amazon. Waiting for book to arrive.<p>So far this is what I found!<br>1) Voltage Regualtor! On the ride home from purchasing the car, I experienced the lights dimming and going out, electrical inside the car was fading. When stopping the lights come on again. I pulled the car over to a Wal-Mart and left it until the next day. Approx. 130 miles from home. I called 2 people and they told me it was the "Voltage Regulator". The next day I had a shop replace it and it was back on the road.<p>2) Rear Driver side Door want open. Had to cut through the Back Door panel to get to the lock, noticed that the Door Lock Motor was not working. Disconnected the unit and now it works manually. Went to U-Pull <p>3) Front Driver Seat Bad. Went to a U-Pull and bought 2 front seats. Relaced the Vinyl front seats with Cloth seats from a 1992.<p>4) Broken Center console. Went to U-Pull and replace Center console. <p>5) Front Door Panels Damaged! Went to U-Pull and got replacements from a 1992.<p>6) Inside Door handle Trim Broken! Went to U-Pull for replacement<p>7) Rear tailgate Cargo inside handle broken! Went to U-Pull<p>8) Odomoter not working! Ordered Part from <br>Jeff Caplan, Owner<br>Odometer Gears LTD<br>757-593-3478<br>and followed attached instructions <A HREF="http://www.hyperocity.com/volvo240/volvoodometer.htm" TARGET="_blank">http://www.hyperocity.com/volv...r.htm</A><br>Works like a champ!<p>9) Replaced all lights within Instrument Panel! Since I replaced the above gear I went ahead and replaced all the lights. Works great!<p> 10) Replace all fluids and Flushed the systems! Went to Lube Center and had them completed flush and fill: (Oil, Power Steering, Rear Differential, Transmission, Raidator, Brakes). Not all at once but over 3 weeks. Best thing I did!<p>11) Driver Headlight Yellow! Replaced lens only with a spare I had in trunk! Works Great!<p>12) Rear Blinker Clear Covers! Had shop replace and glued in! Very Cheap! Works Great!<p>13) Horn Not working! Went to U-Pull I asked questions and they looked could not find issue. Took it to a different Shop and Tech found out that the horn was unplugged! He said someone replace the steering wheel column. Works Great Now!<p>14) Steering Wheel Cover did not Fit! Went to U-Pull and tried various covers non fited. They were unable to help. Took it to a shop and Tech told me someone replaced the steering wheel column with not even a 240 model. Column held in with Zip ties. Had it replaced with a pulled part he had! Works great now!<p>15) Clock on Insturment Panel does not Work! Tech gave me a replacement for Free! Replaced It and it works Great.<p>16) Rear Body Modling! Went to U-Pull<p>17) Car Stalled 2 times! The Car stalled 2 times at redlight, started up immediately! Went to Lube City and had Cleaned Fuel system. Car working fine. <p>18) Back end looks like it is sagging! Possible Trailing Arm Bushing. <A HREF="http://www-ese.fnal.gov/People/wilcer/volvo_trailing_arm_bushing_tool.htm" TARGET="_blank">http://www-ese.fnal.gov/People...l.htm</A><p>19) Rear End Noise makes Clunk sound! TirePlus said it needed new rear bushing.<p>20) Replaced Radio! Prior owner had a cassett deck, I wanted a CD player! Prior Owner cut all wires so could not tell which wire was for what. Ran New speaker wirers to front and new rear cargo area speakers.<p>21) Replace carpets - Carpets really nasty with burn marks. Went to U-Pull! A little carpet shampoo 100% better. Also added sound proofing under carpet, newer cars had this under carpet. ! <p>22) Drive Side door handled showed ware. Went to U-Pull and got one off the right side Back door. Very quick to replace and Cheap.<p>23) Replaced One Washer Pump motor, went to U-Pull got it for Cheap. <p>24) Replaced Front Wiper Relay fuse.<p>25) Work in Progress! (Wish List - over time)<br> a) Rear Cargo Carpet - Rear cargo area is smooth and would like to add carpet. (Possible to help out with the noise)<br> b) Outside noise Reduction - Thinking about adding sound proofing for engine, and possibly in the doors.<br> c) Front Passenger Tire Panel Dented! Got from U-Pull, will replace one day!<br> d) Repaint car! Would like to one day! Maaco price $990 including prep and fixing all rust spots. <p>I am driving the Car back and forth to DC every Day. Rides smooth! Over All Experience is Extremely to Find parts most were free and most parts were extremely easy to replace. A wealth of knowledge exist to determine most issuses.<p>26) Did not pass Maryland Inspection! Failed for the following reasons!<br> Needed 2 rear rotors and Rear Breaks - Replace them myself<br> Needed 1 rear tire - Had Tire Plus fix<br> Needed 2 outer tie rods (Front)- I bought parts and had same tech that fixed steering wheel column replace them.<br> Needed front alignment - Had Tire Plus Fix<br> Took it back for re-inspection - Passed like a champ!<p>27) Emmission Test! HC - Pass .1641 GPM ; CO - Pass 1.8663 GPM; NOx - Failed 3.8238 GPM. Maryland Emmisison rating: HC 1.4 GPM; Co 30.0 GPM; NOx 2.5 GPM. Not sure what to check Need Help!<br><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by dreammmkr at 11:16 PM 7-3-2006</i>
 

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Re: Learning Curve for 240 Wagon (dreammmkr)

Welcome to Swedespeed, Fred.<p>Nice Volvo! Pics?<p>Post your current problem here and we will bring in the hotshots to fix everything.<p>George Dill<p>
 

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Re: Learning Curve for 240 Wagon (gdill2)

Wow you seem to be really happy despite the fact that it appears as though you got totally hosed.
 

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you know youre not supposed to tell people when they get hosed. nobody told me when i got hosed, and it made me happier. they just helped me. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>NRM8573</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Wow you seem to be really happy despite the fact that it appears as though you got totally hosed. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Ummmm....."hosed"? dreammmkr didn't mention the price paid for said wagon, so how do you qualify that statement? To me, it sounds like a typical 'repair discovery' senario for an `88 245 purchase. It also sounds like that 245 is in good hands.<p>Welcome, dreammmkr!!
 

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while on the flush and fill all fluids gig........<p>don't forget the brake fluid<p>very important to do that every year
 

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when you do this, do not use synthetic brake fluid. only use volvo brake fluid, dot 4 or dot 5.1. DO NOT USE DOT 5!! this will corrode parts of the system and is not safe for use in a volvo. make sure to bleed your brakes properly. i believe mine were done with dot 3 or were improperly bled, as there is a bit of sponginess in the pedal that i find a bit of a safety issue.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>SL8Brick</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Ummmm....."hosed"? dreammmkr didn't mention the price paid for said wagon, so how do you qualify that statement? To me, it sounds like a typical 'repair discovery' senario for an `88 245 purchase. It also sounds like that 245 is in good hands.<p>Welcome, dreammmkr!!</TD></TR></TABLE><p><I>"The car was not represented correctly and I am discovering issues as I go. " </I>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>SL8Brick</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Ummmm....."hosed"? .... To me, it sounds like a typical 'repair discovery' senario for an `88 245 purchase. It also sounds like that 245 is in good hands.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Rest assured - you're not alone. I also bought a 240 on eBay last year and barely made it home. It looked as though the poor thing had been mis-treated in its former life - the engine was full of goop (not really oil) and still it made it nearly 1,000 km before losing pressure.<p>So far, we've spent $ on:<br>- rear door fix<br>- full new exhaust<br>- head gasket repair<br>- new alternator<br>- new radiator<br>- motor mounts<br>- transmission mounts<br>- new shocks (rear) <br>- new clutch<p>No 1 son has it for the summer and will, I'm sure, unknowingly abuse it in the wilds of northern Ontario and out to Alberta and back. At least he's safe. <p>
 

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Re: Learning Curve for 240 Wagon (dreammmkr)

dreammmkr, where is this U-Pull?? I have been looking for places to get some parts but have had little luck, and it sounds as if youve hit the jackpot. I live in Arlington, so I am a NoVa native, as far as streets and the Metro area goes.
 
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