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    1. Member Zman86's Avatar
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      10-23-2012 01:23 PM #1
      Picked this beauty up of a fellow vortexer a few months ago for $350. The body is in great shape and it was very clean for its age/mileage, so I decided to buy it just because. The car was one owner from '93 until September '11. The original plan was to replace my jetta with this because I was bored with it, but my girlfriend decided to get rid of her Pontiac G6 and daily this. The fellow vortexer's original thread can be found here https://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...in-interesting

      Also, for those who are interested, a link to the build thread for my other car. https://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...ey......Part-2

      Picking it up, I think I was slightly happy!


      Besides replacing all filters, an oil change, plugs/wires/cap and rotor, valve cover gasket and a hanger bearing, it needed nothing more than regular maintenance items. I have $350 into the car and about $500 in maintenance items and fluids. The current mileage in km is 685700, verified by the MTO by yearly license renewal records. We are hoping to take it to a million!

      I'll be updating as I do more work on it, and posting pictures of its travels along the way.









      Goodies from IPD












      Maintenance






      First day on the road, and it's first grocery run


      Timeline

      July 28th, 2012- purchased- 685323km
      Oct 22nd, 2012-on the road- 685552km
      Oct 27th, 2012-first 1000km- 686387km
      Dec 8th, 2012-first 5000km- 690000km
      Mar 15th, 2013-first breakdown-699030km
      March 20th, 2013- 700,000km
      April 29th, 2013- alternator failed-704,717km
      Oct 22nd, 2013-1 year ownership 722,303km
      November 10th, 2013- 725,000km
      January 22nd, 2014- 734,900km
      March 19, 2014- new rear brakes,shocks,springs, catalytic converter- 741,560km
      Last edited by Zman86; 03-26-2014 at 12:30 PM.

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      10-23-2012 01:27 PM #2
      Rule #1 or gtfo
      Easy like Sunday Morning.

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      10-23-2012 01:28 PM #3
      Pics posted!

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      10-23-2012 01:32 PM #4
      ahhh

      thats better! Lokks good!
      Easy like Sunday Morning.

    6. 10-23-2012 01:54 PM #5
      Good luck to you! When are you trying to reach the 1,000,000 mark?
      @_WhiteOnRice_

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      10-23-2012 01:59 PM #6
      How long do you reckon it will take to drive the additional 300,000+ KM?

      I see some road trips in your future. World's largest ball of string!
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      10-23-2012 02:45 PM #7
      Ok, this is the last time i will promote this (I promise!!!)...and it is very fitting in this thread!

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      10-23-2012 02:53 PM #8
      Keep the body from rusting away, maintain the electrical system, change the oil and don't let it overheat, and the rest of the car should get you there.

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      10-23-2012 03:00 PM #9
      Doing 50k a year, I have 6 years to go. I generally drive 35-45/year

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      10-23-2012 10:40 PM #10
      Probably the likeliest car to do it in... The 93 was the last of the 240, an already durable car. However AFAIK the later 240's received the updated rust proofing, better wiring, and more consistent parts suppliers that the 960 and 850 were getting (maybe not to the same extent, but late model 240's seem to never rust like the older ones did).

      I bet it will easily do it.

    12. 10-24-2012 06:56 AM #11
      Hey, thanks for the update! I'm glad you like it. I only owned it for about 6 months and put on roughly 7000km.

      I can't believe that you got rid of the G6 to daily this though It must feel relatively ancient - but then again, I've never driven a G6 before

      Cheers

    13. 10-24-2012 07:19 AM #12
      the odometer actually staying functional for that long has got to be a world record.
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      You sound like a man who would appreciate an upper decker.

    14. 10-24-2012 07:48 AM #13
      My first car was an 83' 240....miss it dearly.

      Enjoy the Sweedish love

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      10-24-2012 08:29 AM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by I once had a jetta View Post
      Hey, thanks for the update! I'm glad you like it. I only owned it for about 6 months and put on roughly 7000km.

      I can't believe that you got rid of the G6 to daily this though It must feel relatively ancient - but then again, I've never driven a G6 before

      Cheers
      The G6 was guzzling fuel and still had alot of money owing on it, it was worth nothing, so we decided to put a car on the road that we already owned and wouldn't have to make payments on. We also save a $1000/year on insurance. Hoping to get it through the winter as it sits, then it will be getting a suspension rebuild/body work next summer while serving as my daily.

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      10-24-2012 08:52 AM #15
      Nice to see some other Volvo love on the tex and more importantly in our neck of the woods. I am in Oakville, alas my 144 doesn't have the mileage yours proudly boasts! Great daily!

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      10-24-2012 12:40 PM #16
      Never reset the trip counter, as the plastic gears inside are very fragile, especially when you're into that kind of mileage. Finding a replacement odometer will keep getting harder and harder as these cars s l o w l y die off.

      Good Find. I miss my 240 wagon.

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      10-24-2012 01:18 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by 68Brick View Post
      Never reset the trip counter, as the plastic gears inside are very fragile, especially when you're into that kind of mileage. Finding a replacement odometer will keep getting harder and harder as these cars s l o w l y die off.

      Good Find. I miss my 240 wagon.
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      10-24-2012 01:28 PM #18


      three cheers for OP rescuing a legend.
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      10-24-2012 01:59 PM #19
      The OP's car already has 500k....and he got it for a song.

      How is the value on 240's for lower mileage version?

      I was looking at this one the other day and it seems a tad overpriced :

      http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-s...17387410&Log=0

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      10-24-2012 02:16 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by compy222 View Post


      three cheers for OP rescuing a legend.
      I wish you manage to go to 999999 and over :-)

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      10-26-2012 08:01 PM #21
      Can anyone tell me what these things normally get for fuel economy?

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      10-26-2012 08:30 PM #22
      Good luck! I bet it will make it.
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    24. 10-26-2012 08:46 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by Zman86 View Post
      Can anyone tell me what these things normally get for fuel economy?
      Just wait 'til you run it in the winter time! For reference, I was only getting 13L/100km with it, but you have done lots of needed maintenance so you should be getting quite a bit better.

      Slow and thirsty. It's very calming to drive as it forces you to relax. You can't drive it in anger

      Did you check the coolant temp sensor? I suspected that it may have been faulty.

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      10-27-2012 10:39 AM #24
      I've not checked it, the coolant gauge seems to function normally, it's the fuel gauge that's flopping all over the place. First full tank we got 500km out of it, I've not done any mileage calculations yet.

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      10-27-2012 10:44 AM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by Zman86 View Post
      I've not checked it, the coolant gauge seems to function normally, it's the fuel gauge that's flopping all over the place. First full tank we got 500km out of it, I've not done any mileage calculations yet.
      On my nearly 300k mile 1993 940 this was caused by cracked solder joints on the back of the instrument cluster. I took it out and carefully resoldered all of the connections on the back of the cluster and had a working fuel gauge and warning lights again! There's a walk-through somewhere around the internet... not sure if it's the same procedure for a 240.
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