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So Volvo of Oak Park out of Chicago has begun selling older, yet very well-kept 240s and asking way more than they're worth (of course). But since when have new car dealers started stocking used cars more than a few years old? Has there been a revival in Volvo 240 interest elsewhere?
 

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Re: return of the 240 craze? (ACD)

My sister's '92 240 is going to be going up for sale soon, so hopefully this interest in 240s(especially 240s with manual transmissions) will continue <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> Have a splendid Sunday one and all <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: return of the 240 craze? (1sciroccofahrer)

From 1975 to 1993 Volvo sold more then 2 million 240 variants world-wide.<p>Cool car and easy/cheap to fix.<p>George Dill<p>
 

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i have 1989 240 DL<p>awesome car <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">. May not be fast but its got some character. Like mine for instance its riding on spinners(Walmart, but who knows the Difference) only got 150k on it so it will go for a long time to come.
 

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I am still looking for a 240 upgrade (from my 87 to a 90's) but find that they are harder to find. I think a few years ago people were still shedding them to switch to the fancier Volvos, and now the 240s are in the hands of their 2nd and 3rd owners who hang on to them. Just my theory. I've been checking the classifieds and Autotrader in Atlanta, Athens, Savannah GA - nothing, nada, rien. Six years ago the Autotrader was full of 240s. If Ebay is any indication, they are now all in New England. I agree that it seems that the very well kept ones go for a pretty penny. And the old workhorses for sale are a dime a dozen. In New England. And one in Athens GA <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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See I'm torn...the two 240s I owned were both '86 models with the m46 4spd/OD transmission.<p>I loved these cars...small, elegant steering wheel, manual windows, chrome front/rear window surround...but they rust like hell.<p>I may try to find a european version and bring it over...smaller rear bumper gives the ass a tighter appearance, no power windows! and better headlamps.<p>check out this one in the netherlands:<br><A HREF="http://company.klassieker.net/coscripts/gallery.taf?_function=detailVol1&_UserReference=B84F074FEE312C3DC847C518" TARGET="_blank">http://company.klassieker.net/...7C518</A>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>ACD</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I loved these cars...small, elegant steering wheel, manual windows, chrome front/rear window surround...but they rust like hell.</TD></TR></TABLE><p> ...What you need to do is move somewhere where they gravel the roads, instead of salting them. Like here. Glass & touch-up paint are a lot cheaper than replacing body panels. I should know... my Volvo is 36 years old!
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>T5atl</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> Like mine for instance its riding on spinners(Walmart, but who knows the Difference).</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Just out of curiosity 1) Are you serious about the spinners? and 2) If you are, did you do it as a joke?<p>I dont mind spinners, but spinners from walmart? and on a volvo? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> Ive seen them on Dodge caravans, and that makes me laugh.
 

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The link didn't work for me... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I'm a little torn too...the 87 served me well and I've seen a lot with a ton of miles. Rust is not a problem here in the south. The headlamps...I've seen a set advertised on ebay. I am tempted. Not a bad price for the set.<p><A HREF="http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/NEW-VOLVO-240-GLASS-EUROPEAN-E-CODE-HEADLIGHT-PACKAGE_W0QQitemZ280000777459QQihZ018QQcategoryZ33710QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem" TARGET="_blank">http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors...wItem</A>
 

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After looking at the eBay listing you posted, I can say that this looks like the same light pattern as my off-road Hellas; I love 'em to death, wouldn't trade 'em for the world, and you have to use a bit of patience to find a good compromise between low-beam visibility and proper aiming... but it can be done! The only downside is night vision can be a bit limited when facing a steep uphill (a quick stab on the high beams works in a pinch), but if my experience is any guide, you'll adapt your driving habits easily. Well worth it.
 

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Sorry guys. Go here:<br><A HREF="http://www.automusa.nl/uk/html/zoek.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.automusa.nl/uk/html/zoek.html</A><p>Then click on Volvo. You'll see the 240 I'd like.
 

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Drool. Gallery of Dreams no doubt. Very nice car. Still, I think there are nice ones out there for less. Although they seem hard to find.
 

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Yeah you're better off finding an older 240 model than a new. Since the newer 240s are just the refinement of the older ones they are more reliable hence owners don't give them up. I have an older 240 wagon. All I'm doing right now is upgrading mine. It's going to be a sleeper I tellya!<p>Truth be told, I'm just glad to have a 240. Everybody will be looking for one, one day. But they won't get mine.
 

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Re: return of the 240 craze? (gdill2)

To me, the 240 is Volvo's (Sweden's) answer to the German Volkswagon Beetle. Odviously, the Beetle has been out since Hitler wanted one built.
 

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Re: return of the 240 craze? (Vanguard)

The guys at one of our local Volvo dealerships always tells me "let me know when you want to sell your 91 240 sedan."<p>There are SEVERAL guys that work there that want my dark blue beauty...especially after I added the Borbet wheels, but I am not about to give it up.<p>The guys tell me that I am like other 90-93 240 owners in the fact that we are simply NOT giving up these cars, until they die completely and that is a very long time, indeed! Most of the tech guys at the dealership like the older rear drive Volvos like the 740, 940 and 240...they say they're better built than the newer, more complicated front-drive Volvos. Besides, they're owned by Fornd now, so theres little reason to buy a new Volvo...who the hell wants a fancy, overpriced Focus?<p>240 craze? Hardly...most people...unless they've owned one...know little about the 240 Volvo. They see it as boxy and outdated, clunky maybe. They don't know about its durability or simplicity or longevity like we do.<p>Good thing, I say...I hate driving what everyone else has. Camrys and Accords are flat out boring.<p>- Brickboy240
 

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Re: return of the 240 craze? (brickboy240)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>brickboy240</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">240 craze? Hardly...most people...unless they've owned one...know little about the 240 Volvo. They see it as boxy and outdated, clunky maybe. They don't know about its durability or simplicity or longevity like we do.<p>Good thing, I say...I hate driving what everyone else has. Camrys and Accords are flat out boring.<p>- Brickboy240</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Craze amongst the cognoscenti...not the masses.<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by ACD at 5:05 PM 10-11-2006</i>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Vanguard</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Yeah you're better off finding an older 240 model than a new. Since the newer 240s are just the refinement of the older ones they are more reliable hence owners don't give them up. I have an older 240 wagon.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>How old is yours? After which year do you differentiate between old and new? Just curious. I guess they became better every few years? I once had a very nice 1982, one owner beauty, with bad electrical problems that noone wanted to touch (the dreaded CIS!). Currently have a 1987, big difference to the 1982.
 

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I would say the new generation 240 began in 1990. '90 brought about the airbags, the standard power windows, the extra junk.<p>My '86 was a great year. '88 would be good too. In a way, the older ones are more charming to me, but the newer ones are probably technically better. I'd love a '93 body/paint on an '86.
 

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My first car was a 1978 245DL (sad story). Now, I have a 1980 245DL. The first major 240 upgrade started with the 1981 model. They upgraded like every eight to ten yrs. Differenciate the old and the new 240 just by the body style alone. And yes, the 740 series is included too.<p>I can practically upgrade my old 245 with 745 parts!
 
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