Junkyard Find: 1990 Volvo 240 DL Wagon with 393,888 Miles

<img data-attachment-id="1697410" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2019/11/junkyard-find-1990-volvo-240-dl-wagon-with-393888-miles/21-1990-volvo-240-dl-wagon-in-colorado-junkyard-photo-by-murilee-martin/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/21-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin.jpg" data-orig-size="3000,1688" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="1990 Volvo 245 in Colorado junkyard, LH front view" data-image-description="

1990 Volvo 245 in Colorado junkyard, LH front view – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/21-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/21-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1697410″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/21-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” alt=”1990 Volvo 245 in Colorado junkyard, LH front view – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars” width=”610″ height=”343″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/21-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/21-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-75×42.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/21-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/21-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-768×432.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/21-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-120×68.jpg 120w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>Because Volvo made the 200 Series cars well into the 1990s, they were pretty reliable, and 240 owners tend to stick with their cars for decades. I still see plenty of Swedish bricks in the self-service car graveyards I frequent.

In fact, I walk by a dozen or two discarded 240s for each one I shoot, but I appreciate good manual-transmission wagons and high-mile veteran vehicles and this ’90 checks both boxes.

<img data-attachment-id="1697398" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2019/11/junkyard-find-1990-volvo-240-dl-wagon-with-393888-miles/09-1990-volvo-240-dl-wagon-in-colorado-junkyard-photo-by-murilee-martin/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/09-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin.jpg" data-orig-size="3000,1688" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="1990 Volvo 245 in Colorado junkyard, speedometer" data-image-description="

1990 Volvo 245 in Colorado junkyard, speedometer – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/09-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/09-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1697398″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/09-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” alt=”1990 Volvo 245 in Colorado junkyard, speedometer – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars” width=”610″ height=”343″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/09-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/09-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-75×42.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/09-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/09-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-768×432.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/09-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-120×68.jpg 120w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>I see junked Civics and Camrys with this sort of odometer reading all the time, and I’ll bet most of the end-of-the-line Amazons and 140s I see have accrued interstellar mileage figures that don’t show on their five-digit odometers. Most of the forcibly-retired 240s I see have around 200,000 total miles, so this one was exceptionally well-cared-for.

<img data-attachment-id="1697406" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2019/11/junkyard-find-1990-volvo-240-dl-wagon-with-393888-miles/15-1990-volvo-240-dl-wagon-in-colorado-junkyard-photo-by-murilee-martin/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/15-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin.jpg" data-orig-size="3000,1688" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="1990 Volvo 245 in Colorado junkyard, rear seats" data-image-description="

1990 Volvo 245 in Colorado junkyard, rear seats – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/15-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/15-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1697406″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/15-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” alt=”1990 Volvo 245 in Colorado junkyard, rear seats – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars” width=”610″ height=”343″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/15-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/15-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-75×42.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/15-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/15-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-768×432.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/15-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-120×68.jpg 120w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>The seat upholstery looks good for a 29-year-old car in a harsh climate.

<img data-attachment-id="1697400" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2019/11/junkyard-find-1990-volvo-240-dl-wagon-with-393888-miles/10-1990-volvo-240-dl-wagon-in-colorado-junkyard-photo-by-murilee-martin/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/10-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin.jpg" data-orig-size="3000,1688" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="1990 Volvo 245 in Colorado junkyard, manual gearshift" data-image-description="

1990 Volvo 245 in Colorado junkyard, manual gearshift – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/10-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/10-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1697400″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/10-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” alt=”1990 Volvo 245 in Colorado junkyard, manual gearshift – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars” width=”610″ height=”343″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/10-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/10-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-75×42.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/10-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/10-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-768×432.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/10-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-120×68.jpg 120w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>Most American Volvo buyers opted for the automatic transmission by the early 1990s, but the original buyer of this car wanted a four-on-the-floor rig. Maybe that decision came about because three-pedal cars are more fun, but the 240-wagon-buying demographic tended to be more about the fuel-efficiency and practicality benefits of the manual transmission.

<img data-attachment-id="1697402" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2019/11/junkyard-find-1990-volvo-240-dl-wagon-with-393888-miles/12-1990-volvo-240-dl-wagon-in-colorado-junkyard-photo-by-murilee-martin/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/12-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin.jpg" data-orig-size="3000,1688" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="1990 Volvo 245 in Colorado junkyard, HVAC controls" data-image-description="

1990 Volvo 245 in Colorado junkyard, HVAC controls – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/12-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/12-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1697402″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/12-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” alt=”1990 Volvo 245 in Colorado junkyard, HVAC controls – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars” width=”610″ height=”343″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/12-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/12-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-75×42.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/12-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/12-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-768×432.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/12-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-120×68.jpg 120w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>Which isn’t to say that these cars didn’t have their frivolous side. Check out that air-conditioning! Stern, frugal Swedes might disapprove, but it doesn’t get very hot in Scandinavia.

<img data-attachment-id="1697418" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2019/11/junkyard-find-1990-volvo-240-dl-wagon-with-393888-miles/31-1990-volvo-240-dl-wagon-in-colorado-junkyard-photo-by-murilee-martin/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/31-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin.jpg" data-orig-size="3000,1688" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="1990 Volvo 245 in Colorado junkyard, stickers" data-image-description="

1990 Volvo 245 in Colorado junkyard, stickers – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/31-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/31-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1697418″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/31-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” alt=”1990 Volvo 245 in Colorado junkyard, stickers – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars” width=”610″ height=”343″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/31-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/31-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-75×42.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/31-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/31-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-768×432.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/31-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-120×68.jpg 120w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>The stickers on the rear glass come right out of Volvo Wagon Central Casting, of course.

<img data-attachment-id="1697420" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2019/11/junkyard-find-1990-volvo-240-dl-wagon-with-393888-miles/34-1990-volvo-240-dl-wagon-in-colorado-junkyard-photo-by-murilee-martin/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/34-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin.jpg" data-orig-size="3000,1688" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="1990 Volvo 245 in Colorado junkyard, stickers" data-image-description="

1990 Volvo 245 in Colorado junkyard, stickers – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/34-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/34-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1697420″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/34-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” alt=”1990 Volvo 245 in Colorado junkyard, stickers – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars” width=”610″ height=”343″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/34-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/34-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-75×42.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/34-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/34-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-768×432.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/34-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-120×68.jpg 120w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>To be fair, I do see some 245s with NRA or Gadsden Flag stickers here, but not many.

<img data-attachment-id="1697416" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2019/11/junkyard-find-1990-volvo-240-dl-wagon-with-393888-miles/30-1990-volvo-240-dl-wagon-in-colorado-junkyard-photo-by-murilee-martin/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/30-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin.jpg" data-orig-size="3000,1688" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="1990 Volvo 245 in Colorado junkyard, decklid badge" data-image-description="

1990 Volvo 245 in Colorado junkyard, decklid badge – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/30-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/30-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1697416″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/30-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” alt=”1990 Volvo 245 in Colorado junkyard, decklid badge – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars” width=”610″ height=”343″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/30-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/30-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-75×42.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/30-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/30-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-768×432.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/30-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-120×68.jpg 120w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>Volvo nitpickers may take issue with my reference to this car as a 245, since Volvo North America dropped the third-digit-in-name-indicates-number-of-doors naming system after 1982, but at least I called it the correct name in the headline. The DL was the cheapest trim level in 1990.

<img data-attachment-id="1697408" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2019/11/junkyard-find-1990-volvo-240-dl-wagon-with-393888-miles/16-1990-volvo-240-dl-wagon-in-colorado-junkyard-photo-by-murilee-martin/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/16-1990-Volvo-240-DL-wagon-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin.jpg" data-orig-size="3000,1688" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="1990 Volvo 245 in Colorado junkyard, engine" data-image-description="

1990 Volvo 245 in Colorado junkyard, engine – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

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