: Hi, I'd like to ping the group for some input on a potential 240
: purchase. I'm considering buying an 1985 240 DL with 169K. This would
: be a first car for my teenage daughter that she would learn to drive
: in. The seller is willing to accept $1100 for the car
i sold mine '86 w 350K+ smiles for $750, it was reliable, rusted, & good. ok,
i never caught *any*
money cause i wanted it to keep going... 1 mo later
it dropped the clutch... so, i felt happy, at that age, the Volvo is
an antique, really *no*
$ value. my newer '90 245 has 80K and i'm very
happy with it...
: My questions are ,
: The car has rust in both rear wheel wells in the trunk (on the
: passenger side you can see the road below). There is corresponding rust
: outside the car on the fenders. Is rust in this location dangerous i.e.
: structural (the strut towers looked solid), is it repairable, would it
: kill the deal for you if you were buying the car?
no problem, just don't keep heavy things in the wheel well...
: Also the AC is non functional, the guy selling it says it's the
: compressor that's shot. Is that easy and cheap to repair by the
: shadetree mechanic?
no way, unless you're in FL or NM, forget about AC...
: Finally the 4 headlights at the front of the car have mositure in them.
: The car has the cheap type of headlamps ($5 each) so I'm not bothered
: about the cost of replacing them but recent news items have warned
: about Katrina flood cars 'flooding' the market and water in the
: headlamps was one of the things to look for. Has anyone else with the
: same headlamp setup suffered moisture in the lens?
those are easy to replace... forget about Katrina!
: The car is a 4 speed stick with OD, I did drive it and it drives fine,
: doesn't wander, brakes are good and the OD works. I really want a stick
: for my daughter to learn in and they are very hard to find, at least
: here in Colorado.
CO is cool, it sounds good, don't pay more than $750 for it! it's a
great and *safe*
car for your daughter... be prepared to pay for brake
pads (DIY) clutch ($350), struts @ $50 ea (Sears, not Midas)... electrical
problems solved by junkyard bottom feeding... it sounds very good!
i've been driving volvos since 1963... will drive nothing else
the 240 series is the best they ever made, and at <150 it sounds great!
: thanks any feedback gratefully received