In Europe, they’re called “Estates”. In the U.S., they’re called “Station Wagons”. No matter what you call them, when folks start talking Volvo 240’s, the vision of a wagon is usually what comes to mind. The younger owners expressing an interest in these older 240’s are generally looking for wagons, of which 1/3 of all 240’s manufactured were wagons (or “estates”, depending on where you’re from).

The “Boo-Boo” wagon, as we affectionately call it, is a 1989 Volvo 240 wagon and was purchased out of Richmond, Virginia from an owner with too many classic cars, and not enough room. A deal was struck, and the owner actually drove the car to the Tidewater area to deliver it (he had relatives in the area he wanted to see, so he made the journey profitable, and saved me a trip and/or shipping).

Why the name “Boo-Boo Wagon”? It’s really a boring story. Suffice it to say we call our dogs “Boo-Boo Heads”. This is the most logical vehicle to be toting them around in, so it ended up being called the “Boo-Boo Wagon”.

The car is outfitted with a few amenities that make driving more comfortable. Working A/C (converted to R134), a new stereo system with 4 speakers (car originally came with 2 speakers, we added 2 to the back doors). Heated seats. Rear window wiper/washer (yes, it works). We recently had the tailgate harness done, which ensures all lights and other rear items work. Original harness was toast!

With 3 Volvo 240’s, each one sees a drive each week to keep it running well, and each gets the necessary repairs and maintenance to keep it reliable, running well, and enjoyable to drive.

1989 Volvo 240DL, with certainly well over 200,000 miles, still looking and driving good.
After a good detailing, the car seems to be saying “I still got it!”. The previous owner desperately wanted these Virgo wheels, and offered to drop the price if I would let him put the original wheels back on it. No deal. I wanted the Virgos, so he let them go.
New front upholstery over rebuilt seats, seat heaters, and new under supports. They are essentially new seats, and feel like it. Soft leather upholstery.
Original mats, new stereo with new speakers (which were covered with the original grills), and an overall exceptionally clean car.
The odometer stopped working at 130,000 miles (however long ago). New mechanical gear woke up the odometer, which now works. While the true mileage will never be known, I can at least document my own mileage on the car. New stereo has hands-free calling. Stereo installer able to place the microphone inline with the driver without obstructing the view of the gauges.

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