Saturday, February 5, 2011

Weekend Quickies - Saturday, February 5, 2011 - Station Wagons

1991 Volvo 240 - This is another one of those "I bought this car and now my spouse is pissed off" sales. (There's so much I can say about that, but I'll refrain.)

This car has just 78,000 miles and is in great shape. The (fairly rare) 5 speed transmission makes this a desirable car.

This is a practical classic you could drive and enjoy everyday for a very, very long time.

Located in Durham, NC, click here to see the eBay listing.

1999 BMW 540iT - BMW never sent the M5 Touring to the US. While not an M, the 540iT is close enough to make it really enjoyable.

The 540iT gets to 60 MPH in around 6 seconds, an M gets there in around 5. Given the price difference between an M (if you can find one in the US) and this car, I'll give up that second. With a few aftermarket suspension mods you can make it handle as well as an M. Me? I'd leave it as is.

Like the Volvo above, this is a car you could drive and enjoy everyday for a very, very long time.

Located in Wexford, PA, click here to see the dealer ad.

1991 Jeep Cherokee Briarwood - I've owned a few of these. They were my "winter beaters" for many years. Mechanically, you can't kill them. It's the body that ultimately does them in. The rocker panels and door bottoms rust badly.

The Briarwood was the top of the line Cherokee. It's well equipped and comfortable. Most, if not all, Briarwoods came with Jeep's Selec-Trac AWD system. Selec-Trac gives you a choice of 2WD, full time AWD and part time 4WD. I never got stuck with mine. (All my Cherokees had Selec-Trac. It's a really great system.)

This 93,000 mile Briarwood doesn't appear to have much rust (yet). If you buy it, repair what's there and then spray Waxoyl into the doors and rockers. A Cherokee without rust may last a lifetime.

Located in Montpelier, VT, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

1980 Chrysler Town & Country - According to the seller, this car was owned by comedienne, Lucille Ball.

The seller states that the "history of the car can be provided personally by her driver, Mr. Frank Gorey".

Am I the only one who thinks it's a little weird that a famous star - who I assume had plenty of money - would choose a Town & Country station wagon to be chauffeured around in?

Located in Hollywood, CA (of course), click here to see the Craigslist ad.


enmotors said...

Sweet 240. Might be one of the nicest in the country. ? would be to drive it in the ground or preserve it as is. The Town and country is really cool. Seems cheap with the celebrity history. Can't remember the last time I saw one. The 80's?

JT said...

Digging the 540iT. Only negatives I see are the antiquated MkII nav system and the fact that the owner spec'd the comfort seats instead of the world-class sport seats.

One head's up is that this was NOT a robust automatic transmission when paired with the torque of the V8, especially with BMW's "lifetime fill" specs on the tranny fluid. the 100-125k mile mark is generally when these transmissions quit, and it's a $3500-5000 job when they do.

rrshadow2 said...

That Volvo is going to go for crazy money, a while back I saw a super low mileage 240 sedan on E-bay and it ended up going for like $15,000. People are nutty about these cars when they have low mileage

Tommy T. said...

Call me crazy, but of the 4 I'd take the Cherokee with the wood grain. I loved those trucks.

Bill said...

I have had 5 of these 240DL5 Volvo wagons, for a total driving mileage north of 700,000. $4000. is the most I ever paid for one. that was a pretty '87 in '94. Also the best one I have had so far. Current daily driver has 407,000 miles, the valve cover has never been off and the 5 speed has never been open. That is why people pay crazy money now. The Town & Country should have a similar following, tho it is a little less robust.

P said...


What year is your daily-driver 240 with 407k miles? Also, I just had to ask - would you feel comfortable taking the car on a cross-country trip with that mileage?

Bill said...

My current 240 left the assembly line in Feb. 1990. And yes, I would drive it anywhere. It does not use oil between changes. In Nov. it did Easton PA to Daytona Beach and back.It will do that round trip several times in 2011, as will my Fiat X1-9...!