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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Volvo 240 (1974-1993)

The driver of the Volvo 240 you really can be happy. Finally, it is nice to live with the knowledge that you are riding the same car as the second after Bill Gates the richest man in the world - Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad.

Volvo 200 series was produced as a deep facelift model from 1966 144th Presented
in 1974, the model combines the elements of its predecessor with ideas taken from the prototype Vesc (Volvo Experimental Safety Car).

Already the previous model shone excellent solutions in the security field - he had four disc brakes, inertia belts, safety steering column, crumple zones, or even safe to handle.

Volvo 240 proved to be better in this respect - even in the early 90s independent research organizations evaluate this model as the safest car in the U.S. market. In addition, even by today's standards, auto lead safe and good brakes. But in terms of the propulsion system is not possible to obtain expected no extravagance. 4-cylinder petrol engines for the entire period of production were based essentially on the same, a simple 8-valve design with timing belt drive and driven shaft podpartym on five bearings.

Of course the rear wheel. Since 1984, he gradually introduced modified engines that were to be a bit more economical. While the design of the engine remained almost unchanged, it constantly modified his equipment. Volvo 240 was the case the first serial car equipped with a catalytic converter and lambda probe. 240 sold with diesel engines derived from Volkswagen vans or luxury versions (model 260) with silnkiami V6 constructed in collaboration with Peugeot and Renault.

Regardless of the engine, the Volvo 200 series cars is impressive sluggish. It is probably also the result of autosuggestion, because getting into a car built and looks like a tank, it was subconsciously expecting. From the driver's seat for a low windshield can be seen primarily long bonnet. Windows are tiny, but even so the visibility is excellent. You can see every corner of the car.

The new cars sometimes worse. What may disappoint some, the amount of interior space. For a comfortable ride enough, but some of the new compacts offer passengers much more. In addition to the passenger compartment save big builders have crumple zones.

Another advantage of the new cars can be seen immediately after beginning of the space. Although nearly 5 meters long car is stunningly feedback. It is located "on time", where other modern cars must park "for three times."

4-cylinder, gasoline engines are famous for their longevity Volvo i. .. poor work culture. But by 600-700 thousand. km, I more or less with proper use should withstand czterocylindrówka, you can get used to it. When you press the gas car moves forward as if they wanted to convince us that it does not do it too eagerly. Appearances can be deceptive - if we do not zrazi reluctant bass rumble, the deeper pedal car can actually go quite briskly. At the first corner, you can be surprised - as compared with 240 new cars to be leaning very strongly. Only that beyond the tipping nothing terrible happens.

Surprisingly, in contrast to other classic cars tylnonapedowych Volvo 240 is carried out fairly neutral. Despite the archaic suspension (rear rigid axle and a Panhard bar) niestraszne he is even "elk test". In the end, this model was made primarily for Skandynawach, who for much of the year ride through the snow and ice.