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1993 Volvo 240 Sedan – Black + Black Cloth – 135K

  • Make: Volvo
  • Model: 240
  • Type: Sedan
  • Year: 1993
  • Mileage: 135,000
  • VIN: YV1AS8801P1489217
  • Color: Black
  • Engine size: 2.3 liter, single overhead cam
  • Number of cylinders: 4
  • Power options: Power antenna, Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Black
  • Drive side: Left-hand drive
  • Safety options: Rear fog light, Anti-Lock Brakes, Driver Airbag
  • Options: AC, Cassette Player
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
  • Location: Glen Allen, Virginia, United States


I purchased this car in May 1994 from my local Volvo dealer (Moores Volvo). At that time the car had 17,000+ miles, and 2 years left on the warranty. Since then I have been the sole driver.

Other than being a little tougher to start, this car still runs, drives and stops well (drive once a week, drive on interstate).

This car easily passed its last May 2017 inspection (i.e., nothing needed to be fixed) – and it has always been registered, insured and used. It has a clean title.

This car has never been in an accident or fender bender, and has no dents or rust. Until 2005 this car was primarily maintained by my Volvo dealer, and has been regularly serviced at 10K mileintervals.

This car comes with the original Volvo Maintenance Records book – with the dealership stamps.

This car also comes with the original:

  • All weather floor mats/ trays

  • Spare tire

  • Jack & Tool kit

  • Spare Car key

  • Trunk/ Glove box key

  • Owners manual

  • Cruise control manual

  • On Call manual

  • Warranty Information manual

  • Audio System password card

  • Consumer Information disclosure brochure

  • 1993 Volvo sales brochure catalog/ Consumer Guide photocopies

I never thought I would sell this car – great car and an iconic Volvo. However, between my GF’ car and my 3 cars – we have run out of space.

If you are looking for a classic 240 in mint condition, this is not that car. If you are looking for a classic 240 that you can restore while you drive it, this might be that car.

The Good


  • Most of the exterior is original – paint, grill, wheels, "hubcaps", mud flaps, etc.
  • The tires, windshield, wiper arms, and front& rear lenses have been replaced (still have original lenses).

  • The overall paint is still in decent shape.

  • However, the car sits outside and the paint on the roof has faded/ bleached out in places.

  • Does not have any dents or rust – have never had any body work done.

  • None of the trim is missing - there are some cosmetic defects.

  • The headlights and tail lights all work.

  • All the glass is good.


  • Most of the interior is original – seats, carpet, mats, radio & speakers, buttons, gauges, etc.

  • The odometer and temperature gauge have been replaced.

  • The seats are in good shape – the Passenger and Back seat have almost no wear.

  • The dash, glove compartment, vanity mirror,visors,center console, and headliner are in good shape.

  • The door handles, arm rest, map pockets, and head rests are in good shape.

  • The carpet is in good shape, and has always been protected by all-weather floor mats/ trays.

  • Food and drink were not allowed in this car (and yes, some of my GF’ complained).

  • The interior could use a good cleaning and detailing.

  • The dash, cabin, and glove compartment lights work.

  • The power windows, locks, and mirrors work.

  • The heater and AC work.

  • The speedometer, fuel gauge, temperature gauge, and clock work.

  • The cruise control, turn signals, and intermittent wipers work.

  • The parking brake works.

  • The radio and power antenna work.

  • All knobs and the cigarette lighter are present.

The Bad

Mechanically, the following needs repair/ work:

  • Odometer needs to be repaired.

  • AC needs to be recharged.

  • The cassette deck does not work.

  • The front speakers need to be remounted (rear speakers are fine).

The trunk lid will stick sometimes, and needs to be opened using the trunk key. My mechanic could never find a ‘problem’ to fix.

Also, the temperature gauge will sometimes report that the car is running hot – will enter “red area” on gauge, and then stop.I had it replaced while the car was under warranty

The dealer could never find a reason why the gauge reported that the car is running hot – engine & cooling system all working fine.

The independent mechanic that now services my car came to the same conclusion too – despite gauge reading, the engine & cooling system all working fine. Considered selling the car last Spring, so I had the "situation" checked again - same conclusion (please see April 2016 service report below).

I’ve driven the car all over the state, including the mountainous SW portion of state, with no problems.

The Ugly

The only aggravation this car has ever given me is the Odometer.

It broke in 1999 at 54,800+ miles – and I had it replaced in 1999.Then it broke again in 2010 at 51,300+ miles – and I did not have it replaced/ repaired.

I purchased a new car in 2005, and the 240 became my “spare” car. Since I knew that I was driving under 1,500 miles per year,I just kept track manually.

I prepared a historical ‘Mileage/ Service/ Inspection’ table using my Volvo Maintenance Records book, and service center invoices (please see below).

Based on the blocks of time when the odometer was working, we know that:

  • I probably averaged ~8,500 miles per year from 1994 to 2004.
  • After I purchased a new car in 2005, Iprobably averaged under1,500 miles per year.

  • I am 99% sure that the total mileage is no more than 135K.And I am 100% sure that the total mileage is less than 150K.

    I recognize that this is not an optimal situation; however, all of the records that I used for my mileage analysis will given to the buyer. And ifI did materially misrepresent my mileage analysis, that would beimmediately obvious once you compared my table to the records.

    Also,I sell antique globes on Ebay ($1,000 to $4,000) – and have never had a single problem/ discrepancy (or poor Ebay rating).Neither party needs the aggravation & headaches caused bydishonesty.


    Selling as is, with no warranty.


    Full payment/ 100% is due no later than 72 hours from the auction end.

    There are no fees, etc. (private seller).

    Payment must be made via Ebay & PayPal (again, private seller).

    Local pickup or Shipping must be arranged by the buyer – and 100% paid for by the buyer.

    Local pickup or Shipping must be completedno later than 21 days fromthe auction end – unless I agree to extend the time-frame (I’m flexible).

    Lastly, I have attempted to be transparent about my car – and welcome any additional questions you may have. Happy hunting

    April 2016 service report

    On Mar-07-18 at 07:58:10 PST, seller added the following information:

    • The Timing Belt was changed during the 100K Service.
    • The paperwork on the Odometer replacement will be include in the 3-ring Service binder given to the buyer.
    • What looks like a big scratch under the gas cap is just a reflection of something in the paint.
    • The original touchup paint tube will be included too.

    On Mar-07-18 at 15:31:17 PST, seller added the following information:

    • The Heater/ AC fan works just fine - and it has never been replaced.

    On Mar-07-18 at 17:54:06 PST, seller added the following information:

    • I came back from a short drive tonight, and the radio antenna will not retract.
    • If I can not correct this problem by the end of the auction, I will refund $75 to the winning bidder.
    • If you have already bid and wish to retract your bid, happy to do so, if you contact me no later than 03/08 @ 9:00 ET.
    • Posted a pic of the glove compartment & vanity mirror.
    • Posted a pic of the original Spare Tire, Jack and Tools (none have ever been used).
    • Posted a 'straight on' pic of both sides.
    • I am a non-smoker, and have never smoked in this car.