Sharpy » My 240 Volvo has the above 3 speed gear box with electronic overdrive (4th) Are they any good and what to look for. Just doing a motor swap and was just wondering.
Volvo 240 3 speed w electronic overdrive – Good Unit?
billofdurham » I think you will have the AW70 or AW71 box on your car, not the Borg-Warner which, in 1985, would be the BW55 3 speed without overdrive.
The AW boxes were made by Aisin-Warner, Japan, the first being the AW55 which was the BW55 made under license from Borg-Warner. The AW70 3 speed with overdrive was used in the 1985 240DL/GL and the AW71 3 speed with overdrive was used in the 1985 240GLTurbo (USA). The AW71 is a heavy duty version of the AW70.
Both boxes are good and will notch up high miles if they are serviced according to Volvo specs. On ’83 – ’85 models the fluid should be changed at 22,500 miles (37,500kms). Initially the service also required the transmission filter to be inspected, cleaned or replaced at the same interval but this was dropped from the service schedule in December 1990.
The Volvo 240
For model year 1983, the emblem at the rear of all 240 models was changed. No longer did it say 242, 244 or 245. The badge just said 240, as part of a new designation strategy. In reality, however, most people continued to refer to their cars as a 244 or 245.
This change did not mean any large-scale modification to the cars.
For more information, please see the relevant models; 242, 244 or 245.
Bonus! 10 Interesting Volvo Facts
- In Latin, the word Volvo means: I spin. Today however the nearest meaning is “I roll”.
- Volvo was founded in 1924. The two founders were Gustav Larsson and Assar Gabrielsson.
- The ÖV 4 is the first Volvo car. The first car was sell-ready in 1927. The 2-Liter, 4-cilinder car got the nickname: Jakob.
- Volvo’s very first commercial vehicle was the Type-1 truck. The release year was 1928. In the same year, Volvo released the second car, the Volvo PV 651. Volvo manufactured a total of 1383 of both vehicles in the first year; of which automaker exported 27.
- This trend saw a sharp rise in 1932 when Volvo released a good amount of 10,000 vehicles, both trucks and cars.
- The company, however, started making a large-scale profit from the year 1935. The first luxurious car by Volvo was the PV36, which could carry six passengers at a time. The design of this iconic car paved the path for future Volvo cars to come. I came in the market with a price tag of 8,500 Swedish kronor.
- Volvo touched a landmark in 1941, with the sale of its 50,000th vehicle; this is a unique achievement considering the time when WWII was in full swing.
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