I drive a 1982 240 wagon with 250k miles and love it. My wife's mini-van died with only 84K miles due to coolant leak onto camshaft and into oil (do not buy a 3.4L V-6 GM minivan!). I have convinced her a 240 is so safe and practical. I'd like to get her a 2.3L non-turbo and have heard rumors that the later models may not be as reliable as the earlier models. Any truth or do you think any well maintained 240 is a worthy of consideration? Also, I have only had manual transmission 240's; are the automatics durable? Thank you so much for your opinions; we are really in a bind here.