1985 volvo 240 advice

Old 11-24-2018, 12:32 PM
Junior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Nov 2018
Posts: 1
Default 1985 volvo 240 advice

So I am considering buying a volvo 240 from 1985. I have heard that this year is worse than others.

I am familiar with the 240 as I had a 1991 240 for a while.

This one is a bit unique in that its a "police" model with a turbo - Current owner has done a good bit of work on it (below) and its straight and lowish miles (less than 200K)
Current owner work done:
- Replaced steering rack
-Power steering hose
-Replaced brake booster and transmission mount
-Replaced belts and new battery
-Replaced Engine wiring harness
-Replaced fuel pump, new brake pads and rotors, and replaced left and right engine mount
-New rear taillight circuit board
-Replaced Alternator and power steering hose/belt

Thoughts, and or feedback or other things I should look at outside the obvious?
Old 11-24-2018, 10:42 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 128

WOW! A Police Model Volvo 240! I haven't heard of that here in the U.S., however there were a handful of 850's specially made for the California Highway Patrol years ago. Seeing that you describe the car's mileage in km., I assume that you are not in the U.S. It sounds like a lot of important things were taken care of by the previous owner; but you should be aware that "police" duty vehicles get a lot of hard use before being sold off when repairs become too costly for the agency's maintenance department.
Old 11-25-2018, 09:44 PM
lev's Avatar
lev is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 3,347

This car is in Eugene, OR... I am skeptical about the "police" version claim as the car came to Oregon in 2008 (Carfax), besides there is really nothing special about the car the way it sits that couldn't have been added by an owner during its 33 yr life. May be a decent car, hard to say without seeing it in person, but as far as 'police"?
Old 11-26-2018, 12:57 AM
Former Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: 37 North on the left coast
Posts: 9,995

i know there were a few small towns in California that used Saab 900 turbos as police cars in the late 70s or early 80s.... so its not completely impossible this was at one time a special order domestic police car... or i guess it equally well could have been a grey market import...

ah. found it! heh https://eugene.craigslist.org/cto/d/...750255138.html

so they claim it was a Portland PD 'undercover' car.

actually, it looks decent enough and sounds reasonably well maintained, although I would want to verify all the claims at $3000 for a 165K mile car, maybe even bring it by someone like IPD or Alamo (both in Portland) for a thorough PPI. my biggest concerns on a 85 are wiring harnesses, thats peak biodegradable eco junk era, and its not just the engine harness, although thats usually the first to fail, its all the other wiring too.
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
Volvo 240, 740 & 940
05-18-2013 02:49 PM
Volvo 240, 740 & 940
03-27-2012 10:23 AM
New Members Area
10-02-2010 01:32 PM
Volvo 240, 740 & 940
04-13-2007 06:11 PM
Volvo 240, 740 & 940
09-20-2006 08:20 PM

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: 1985 volvo 240 advice

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.