(Don't know how to put pics in threads anymore...)
Delivered last Tuesday- my new 1983 Volvo 240GL Tour Series. 152300 kilometres; exterior and interior both in pristine condition.
B23E engine- 2.3 litre, fuel-injected inline 4 cylinder. Despite primitive technology it pounds out a smooth 100kW @ 5500rpm, and 190Nm of torque @ 4500rpm using 98 octane premium unleaded. Makes surprisingly light work of pushing the 1800kg behemoth around, and the angry bark it produces at over 4000rpm is music to one's ears.
3-speed auto transmission- does the job. Better than even a 6-speed manual, if you ask me- I'm not a manual driver; I'd rather the car drive me, not so much the other way around. Silky smooth and has a very quick, useful kickdown.
15" genuine Volvo alloy wheels/4-wheel disc brakes/GoodYear Regatta tyres- all excellent quality; great ride, great handling, good stopping distance(now that I'm used to the extra braking distance required by a car weighing about twice as much as what I previously drove).
Plush interior with automatically heated front seats- nicer to hang around in than my lounge room!
Late-model econo-cheapo tape deck/AM/FM tuner and 4 original Volvo speakers- garbage, all being replaced this week.
Air conditioning, power steering, electric radio antenna, push-button boot release, oil pressure/oil temperature/fuel usage gauges, tachometer; height/angle/firmness-adjustable driver and passenger seats; illuminated boot(trunk)/engine bay/glovebox/rear ashtray; rear centre armrest; drink tray/vanity mirror built into glovebox door; tinted windows.
I absolutely love this car. It's the best darn thing I've ever driven or rode in, let alone owned! Being able to see acres of steel sticking out in every direction really makes me feel safe, too, and helps with parking(no more guessing how far out the bonnet goes!).
The best part is how flawless it is mechanically. Not a thing wrong. Probably drives just as well as it did when it left the factory! And it really doesn't look a day over 5 years old, if that.
So what y'all think?