1994 Volvo 850 User Reviews

1994 Volvo 850 Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Appearance:3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars 3.6 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5

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"power" 12 reviews
"ride" 10 reviews
"build quality" 7 reviews
"speed" 5 reviews
"reliable car" 3 reviews
CONS
"expensive car" 4 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"expensive part" 2 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews
"high maintenance" 2 reviews

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Displaying 1 - 10 of 27 1994 Volvo 850 reviews.

Kelley writes:
1994 Volvo 850 4 Dr Turbo Wagon Review
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5

Pros

Fun, quick, reliable.

Cons

Expensive parts.

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Love It. Would Buy It Again If I Didn't Want A Newer Car. — I love my car... Call her a "Soccer Mom Car" if you will... But, for a 5 cylinder turbo with over 200k... She has got some gonads. Just saying. None the less, she is a freaking tank. No rust. Best turning radius ever. Maintenance wise? In the 3+ years I have owned her, I have put less than $1500 into her... Remind you again, she has over 200k. She may be a box, but I think she is a cutie. :)

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Sci-fi writes:
1994 Volvo 850 4 Dr Turbo Sedan Review
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5

Pros

its fun, fast, and a volvo

Cons

pricey cost to repair anything that goes wrong

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Not For Everyone, But Definitely A Great Car — i hate that its an automatic and gets 20 mpg city. the repair costs aren't very fun either. there is a surprisingly larger aftermarket for the car. With very little modification, you can see one of these cars hitting over 300 hp and surprise the mustangs and evos that you beat, or at least keep up with in your sedate volvo

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Joshua writes:
1994 Volvo 850 4 Dr Turbo Sedan Review
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5

Pros

lots

Cons

cost of repair parts

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Volvo 850 Turbo Sedan — This car is a solid machine. It has awesome performance, the acceleration is phenomenal it stops very quickly and handles well on all surfaces. It will even smoke the tires on dry tar. I would recomend this to anyone who can afford it.

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Svante writes:
1994 Volvo 850 4 Dr GLT Sedan Review
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5

Pros

It´s never going to die

Cons

not that sporty

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The V-train Baby — This thing is like a freaking train. It´s not going to win any beautycontests. but it will get you where you want to goin style and extremle comfortable, any terrain, anyweather. It really grows on you, the moore you drive it, the moore you love it.

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Adan writes:
1994 Volvo 850 4 Dr GLTS Sedan Review
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5

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everything

Cons

nothing

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Best Car Ever — turbo engine, 16" alloy wheels, auto transmission, windows, locks, and a/c. Premium 8 speaker sound system, am/fm tape and 6 cd changer. wood trim, leather seats, crystal clear white headlights, 24 mpg city 28 mpg highway, (Volvo) among the safest cars. everything is in really great 5-star condition inside and out and it's amazingly fun to drive while keeping it spacious for friends to ride with you. not to mention that not every other car is NOT FOR SALE... SORRY.

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The_Anvil1 writes:
1994 Volvo 850 Review
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4

Pros

Highway milage, short - long distance comfort for four is fantastic. For five it is good but that's why "I" drive. I always have lots of room.

Cons

Some repair costs, if you are not prepared for them, can hurt.

The_Anvil1
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Marvelous — I have a 1994 Volvo 850 Estate. no GLT badge but is fully, fully loaded including a moon roof with slider, now with over 335,500klm on the clock and the car is still a great drive. Yes there is a cost to driving an older car, but there is also a trade off that just can't be had with a new car. To start with, you have already paid for the car. You own it and you can do as you like with and to it as you see, or feel, is fit. With that being said, I will give you some insight, hindsight and impressions of my car. Appearance - Is great from any angle. The car has a raked profile and with the proper tint can look impressive. If you're able too replace the side fender "Volvo" tags with signal lights (and easy thing for the DIYer and would take about a half hour, as the connectors are already in the fender so there are no spliciing of wires. Just remove the fender badges carefully with a razor blade to slowly cut through the foam on the back of the badge. Pop the badge out and remove the rest of the foam fromthe fender. Reach into the fender, towards the door of which ever side you aree on, and feel for the plug. Connect it to your new light and carefully snap the new light in place. I really like this as it makes it/you visible when you are pulling out of a parking spot, to the left, back into traffic. Oncoming traffic can see the flashing and will know where you're going. I hate it when someone looks like they might be trying to merge back into traffic, but the car that is behind them is out too far and you aren't able to see the rear signal. the side marker fixes this. Performance - Is great for a car of this size but there is a bit of body lean and push when you really lean into a corner hard, but the pull out of the corner is fantastic. Particularly in Sport Mode as the car can kick down a couple of gears and really get out of its own way and leave a lot of folks behind. And all without a turbo. A turbo just puts the "spankon" on most similar cars and is way too much fun. Build Quality - Is great in this car and, again - don't beat the crap out of your car, as long as you maintain it, it will give you the 200kklm that your looking for. The timing belt and the steering rack are things that I found to be a lillte pricey but owning a car, any car really, like this is worth the the cost because you get so much more out out it over time. Why do you think people keep these cars for forever and a day and a half before they give them up? and why do you think people snap them up when they hit the used lots? Because they are just great cars. Cost of ownership - Is and can be high. With this being said, I used to own both a 1985 and a1995 Grand AM, and both cars were able to nickel and dime me to death with never ending issues which seemed to come about every second pay. Both were standards. The '85 was used and the '95 was new with warranty (didn't really help but to keep the cost of the repairs reasonable as it was always in the shop). The Volvo timing belt is a pricey bit of kit but needs to be done (between 70K - 90K) because if it breaks, this being an INTERFERENCE engine, there will be a replacement engine in your near future. Valves will be bent and piston heads will be damaged from the valves slamming into them and placing four dents into each piston top. Used and installed will cost upwards of 4K and a new factory block and head is well above 7K.. Uninstalled, block and head only. Zero accessories. Those must be transfered from the old block. The aftermarket is definatly your friend for replacement of the OEM parts as this is where Volvo will get their parts to begin with as rebadging or full on use of these parts is common and there are a number of them on the net to save you cash. Just be careful of shipping costs and do your best to find free shipping whereever possible. And finally The Fun Factor - Is great. Even without a turbo. I have gotten a few "over the posted" tickets, all of the not my fault :-) really. No, really. It's just very easy to find yourself well north of the posted limit as the car can be deceptivly smooth at high speed and after a few cars "commonago" with some "zippittydooda" do you look down to find that the (how fast your going circle is saying 130...140...150...) that you realize, "sonofaboooop", and slap some binders on to brig youself back from what could easely be low warp with no trouble at all. Until the "Disco light" appear to drop a heart beat or two. Breaks are great with this car and I find that when there is the need the actually "pound down" on the "whoa pedal" with the need to come to a full stop "right now", the car doesn't reall nose dive, so much as, sets forward and down. The car feels like the breaking is distributed in a way that allow for the car to keep the rear almost as low as the front during this manouver so that when the car has come to a full stop, it seems to move back and up and not like it's dumping the rear end back on the ground, there by giving a feeling that the rear end isn't trying to lift off of the ground and then slam you back in the seat. Final Word - Is this. It's cost me a lot to keep this car up andI'm fine with that. Whether you are leasing with a buy out at the end or buying the car out right and when you make the final payment the car is yours, there are going to be additional cost to any car. It hurts more when a new car has to go in for repairs, particularly after the warranty is up, because if your making payment of the average $250 - $350 (Mo.PYMNT+INS), the cost can really hurt when a needed repair is over $500 (past warranty) and you have to wait a day or two or three.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Ashton writes:
1994 Volvo 850 4 Dr GLT Sedan Review
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5

Pros

good on gas

Cons

AUTOMATIC

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The Beater — good on gas, 0-60 in about 2 weeks, re-painting and selling to pay for my other volvos, cloth interior, no sunroof, manual seats, BARE BONES! this car was a temporary driver never intended to keep it, : ) does good 180's though

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jonathan writes:
1994 Volvo 850 4 Dr GLT Sedan Review
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5

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Lots, A really great first car.

Cons

Expensive to fix.

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A Great Safe First Car For New Drivers. — It kept me safe and on the road. I felt very secure driving it. And it had all the luxuries I wanted - Leather, CD, Sunroof, Heated Seats. And it was free. :-)

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Seth writes:
1994 Volvo 850 4 Dr GLTS Sedan Review
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5

Pros

power everything, moon roof, and heated seats.

Cons

not a speed demon

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Great Car, Not Enough Power — Its got alot of awesome features, it could use more h/p tho, but overall it does have some giddy up. Braking is great, accel is good from 3000 rpm, i love the way the inside is set up, and the exterior is pretty good looking as well. Its an expensive car, but its well worth every penny. And its not fun to drive, but it is nice to drive

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Neil writes:
1994 Volvo 850 Review
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5

Pros

Cheap to buy

Cons

25mpg

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Volvo 850 Review — Bought for 72 GBP for a banger rally, and one of the most impressive cars i've owed for this reason. Refined, well built, comfortable, and surprisingly chuckable, and all with 160,000 miles on the clock. Could do with the 20v engine as is only has the 2.5 10v unit with 144bhp.

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1997 Volvo 850 Reviews

It's A Volvo. Safe. Reliable. And Surprisingly Fun To Drive. By Alex

I bought this car a year ago on eBay, and I have to say, it's been a great car. There have been a few issues, but nothing out of the ordinary. And I'm also a fan of the boxy style. Read More

Great For Fun And The Family By Steven

this is the 6th t5 ive had this one being the best paid £500 for it,when i bought it it seemed a bit slugish have had the cambelt done and it goes like a rocket.glad i bought the manual one as its doe... Read More

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1996 Volvo 850 Reviews

Boxy But Good By ironmartonline

Very reliable car even with 250,000 plus miles still going very strong. My kids will always choose for me to drive them in this car rather than the other cars we own. Back seats have a lot of room and... Read More

Funky/fun Volvo Needs Some Tlc By philipjfry27

The suspension on this car when it was new was quite jarring/harsh, but now that it's 18 years old and basically never serviced, it's abysmal. Speed bumps are a nightmare, but once you get onto th... Read More

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1995 Volvo 850 Reviews

Spritely Pos; Thank God Volvo Did Not Let Fomoco Get To The Drivetrain. By ALLOYED2SEA

Everything made out of plastic is crumbling under my fingers. The motor is still impressive. The suspension bottoms out easily. Brakes are good. Still good looking. Mixed bag; except the creaking, des... Read More

Volvo Quality By James

very solid performance,excellent handling,solid quiet no wind noise,very good safety,brakes are excellent 4 wheel disc,horsepower is decent,sport or economy shifter,very good stereo,6 speakers,16 inch... Read More

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1993 Volvo 850 Reviews

Was Overall A Good & Safe Car With 2 Babies By Glitter23

Hated it being hard to find mechanics that I could afford with being a single mom with 2 babies Plus finding parts that I could afford was always hard Usually good and very comfortable with working a... Read More

Love It With A Passion. By Tristan

Love the way it looks , ride, handle and feel. If your not into the most flashy car , but one that has longevity and quality ,i 'd recommend this car not , mine a car like mine. European cars are th... Read More

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