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Reasonable RideLust: 1993 Volvo 240, Mint Condition

Posted in Cars, Reasonable RideLust, Volvo by Suzanne Denbow | November 9th, 2009 | 4 Responses |


In a parallel universe, I waltz into an Audi dealership, plunk down a briefcase of probably ill-gotten gains, and waltz out with the keys to a new R8 V10. In reality, I need a new car and can reasonably afford to spend around $5k. With that kind of money I can either a.) put a down payment on something new and saddle myself with debt or b.) scour Craigslist for oldie but goodies. Since I’m cheap, I chose the latter – which brings me to the first installment of Reasonable RideLust. As all 4 of you regular readers may know, I’ve got a slightly obsessive affection for turbobricks and now that my current 850 is ready to be retired to the garage as a weekend project I’ve been looking for a replacement.

Posted for sale somewhere just north of the City of Pseudo-Brotherly Love, this 1993 Volvo 240 is an incredibly rare find given its impeccable condition and relatively low miles. Unfortunately it’s RWD (marking the first and last time “unfortunately” and “RWD” will be used in the same sentence), which means it would be poorly suited for the rigor of daily driving during winter in the Northeast but perfect as a weekend cruiser. The seller is asking $4,800, which is $2,675 more than the KBB value of the car even in excellent condition, but I’m confident my Jersey-bred powers of persuasion could facilitate a successful negotiation.

Source: Craigslist

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4 Responses

  1. Dustin May says:

    First, RWD isn’t too bad. Throw some sand bags in the back in the winter and away you go. I do fine in my RWD Mustang without sand bags.

    Second, talk him down to KBB and buy it! It looks to be in great shape and if it’s as advertised, it should give you some troublefree service until you hit the big time and walk into the Audi dealership with your ill-gotten gains.

    • richard says:

      absoultly !!
      i’ve had 5 200 series, (two 260, three 240’s) and though a standard trans. does better in the snow (maine !), this too would be just fine… assuming anyone would drive a car this nice (condition/miles) on salt.
      good luck (look up IPDUSA … )

      v/r R.

  2. KBB is the one that is off on price with these. Most are going for mid 3,000s

  3. George says:

    So where is this car for sale? Number?