Classic Gem: 1976 Volvo 264 GL

Classic Gem: 1976 Volvo 264 GL

This month’s classic gem is a staple in American culture: a 1976 Volvo 264 GL. Anyone else out there a fan of this wonderful machine? (Blog courtesy of AutoBlog.)

The Volvo 200 series of cars ran from the 1975 model year all the way through 1993, and the overwhelming majority of the ones sold in the United States came with four-cylinder engines. We tend to think of “Volvo 240″ as the generic name for this car, but the second digit in the three-digit identifier stands for number of cylinders, and Volvo put V6s in some of these cars. Here’s an extremely rare 264 from 1976, the first model year this car was available in the United States, found in a Denver-area self-service wrecking yard.

The list price on a new 1976 264 was $8,450, which was about $37,000 in inflation-adjusted 2017 dollars. This was a few hundred bucks less than a new 1976 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale sedan, complete with V8 engine and several hectares of fuzzy crypto-velour upholstery.

Power came from an overhead-cam, 2.7-liter PRV V6, rated at 123 horsepower. This engine, developed jointly by PeugeotRenault, and Volvo, went into a bewildering assortment of vehicles (e.g, the DeLorean DMC-12, the Alpine A310, and the Eagle Premier) during its 22 years of production. The four-cylinder engine installed in the 1976 242/244/245 made 98 horsepower, so the 264 was a bit quicker.

This one didn’t quite make it to 150,000 miles, and the sun-bleached interior and top-down rust on the exterior suggests decades of outdoor storage. Perhaps something expensive broke, back in the 1980s or 1990s, and the car sat awaiting repairs that never came.

The stories this car could tell!

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5 Used Car Tips for Your Summer Road Trip

5 Used Car Tips for Your Summer Road Trip

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Don’t venture out on your summer road trip without these 5 pro tips for your quality used car.

Check Your Tires

Tire pressure and tried tread are crucial for your vehicle’s performance. Both can cause tires to unexpectedly blow out. Which, as you can imagine, would put a major damper on your summer road trip. Avoid this situation by making your sure your used car’s tire pressure and tire tread are both up to snuff.

Inspect the Belts and Hoses

If you don’t have the know-how to do this, take your vehicle into a service center. If you’re not sure where to go, stop by our service center. 

Is Your Battery Juiced?

If your car battery is more than a few years old, there are a few things to check. Make sure the positive and negative leaders are tight. Check that the terminals are corrosion-free. If your car sounds “sluggish” when you start, it may be the sign of a dying battery.

Change Your Oil

Make sure you know how many miles you have left before your next oil change. If that point will come during your trip, you may be better off getting the oil change before you hit the road.

Know Your Gas Mileage

Have you ever asked someone how their trip was, and the first thing they talk about is how few stops they had to take along the way? These road warriors know their gas mileage and the gas stop along the way. It’s a matter of preparation. So know how far your quality used car can go between stops and map out where you’ll be stopping along the way to make sure you don’t get stranded with a gasless vehicle.

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Car Tips 101: How to Make Your Car Last Longer

Car Tips 101: How to Make Your Car Last Longer

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Whether you bought a quality used car from The Auto Connection or purchased your car elsewhere, keep it on the road longer with these great tips.

  1. Change Your Oil

This may seem like a no-brainer, but when people get busy, they tend to brush off oil changes. Be sure to adhere to your manufacturer’s recommended mileage checkpoints for oil changes.

  1. Grease the Wheel

Your power steering fluid keeps your steering wheel running smoothly. It also gives you more precise control over your car, so be sure to check your fluid. Rule of thumb for changing it is three years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first.

  1. Let Your Engine Breathe

Did you know replacing your air filter not only prevents airborne contaminants, but can also improve fuel economy and performance?

  1. Tread Lightly

To keep the wear of your tires’ tread even, be sure to rotate them every 4,000 miles or whenever you go in for an oil change. Even tread makes for better gas mileage and helps prevent tire blowouts.

When it comes to making your car last longer, be sure to stick to the adhere to these tips. However, we understand life happens. That’s why we offer the Best Friend Guarantee, because putting you on the road is one thing. Keeping you on the road is everything.

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Classic Gem: 1987 Volvo 240 DL Station Wagon

Classic Gem: 1987 Volvo 240 DL Station Wagon

We’re huge cars fans here at The Auto Connection, and we were excited when we ran across this article for a classic car: a 1987 Volvo Station Wagon. Check out below for the history of this go-to family vacation vehicle. If you’re more in the mood to shop for quality used cars, stop by and see us. (Article compliments of Autoblog.)

Most of the wrecking yards I visit while shooting photographs for this series are high-inventory-turnover pull-your-own-parts establishments in California and Colorado, and both regions have been Volvo 240 hotbeds for the last 40 years.

During the last 15 years or so, however, the rate at which the boxy Swedes get junked has accelerated, driven partly by sheer age and partly due to the fact that many serious 240 fanatics have switched their allegiance to modern hybrid-electric cars.

It will be crushed just a few miles from where it was sold when new.

Most of the 240s you’ll see today are mid-to-late-1980s models with the B230 four-cylinder engine. These cars weren’t as heavy as their blocky appearance made them seem (the 240 wagon weighed just a bit over 3,000 pounds, about the same as a 2017 Subaru Impreza hatchback).

It’s not rusty, but the interior is well toasted by the harsh Colorado sun. There’s a glut of good-running 240s for cheap prices these days, so a tired one isn’t worth much.

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Drive Like a Pro With These Simple Changes

Drive Like a Pro With These Simple Changes

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When it comes to saving money, nothing beats a quality used car from The Auto Connection. Save even more cash by keeping your ride in top shape with these four simple changes.

  1. Give Rain the Slip

Products like RainX can help reduce the wear on your windshield wipers, extending their life expectancy. In most light rain situations, products like RainX make your wipers obsolete.

  1. Skip the Hose Wash

The University of Texas recently conducted a study that found at-home car washes can leave scratches “as deep as a tenth of the paint’s total thickness.” Yikes. Not to mention washing your ride at home uses 5-20x more water than a professional car wash.

  1. Take Your Seat Down a Notch

This may seem strange until you realize that drivers who sit higher feel like they’re driving slower. Lowering the seat will put you closer to the road, creating a greater sensation of speed without the risks of driving faster. Zoom zoom.

  1. Give Your Engine a Little R&R

When you stop at a traffic light, shift to neutral. This makes life a tad easier for your engine by reducing the amount of heat carried by the cooling system. It can also give you a slight bump in your gas mileage.

When it comes to driving like a pro, choosing a quality used car from The Auto Connection is a great first step. And our buy here, pay here program can allow you to get in a car, regardless of your credit history.

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7 Smart Ways to Save Gas

7 Smart Ways to Save Gas

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When it comes to saving money, nothing beats a quality used car from The Auto Connection. And now you can save even more with these 7 smart ways to save gas.

Keep an eye on your tires

Tires with low pressure cause the engine to work harder—the same goes for alignment. Before you check your tire pressure, be sure to let the tires cool down. Checking immediately after you’ve driven will give you an inaccurate reading.

Take out the extras

Have stuff in your trunk that doesn’t need to be in there? Go ahead and take it out. The excess weight lowers your gas mileage.

Waiting for someone? Cut the engine

Unless it’s a really hot or cold day, don’t waste gas by leaving your quality used car idling.

Consolidate, consolidate

Don’t take three trips when you can take one. Consolidate your errands and the savings will quickly add up.

Easy on the gas

Slamming on the gas burns fuel—practice the art of subtle acceleration.

Watch your speed

Observing the speed limit is not only the law, it will also help you save on gas for your quality used car.

Keep your engine in tune

Your engine is the heart of your quality used vehicle. Make sure it’s up to date with routine maintenance checks. Uncertain of what should be done when? Check your owner’s manual. If you need service, give our service department a call.

When it comes to saving money, choosing a quality used car from The Auto Connection is a great first step. And our buy here, pay here program can allow you to get in a car, regardless of your credit history.

Our Virginia locations include Danville, Norfolk and Richmond. Get the approval process started from home with our easy online application.

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