1995 Volvo 850 User Reviews

1995 Volvo 850 Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Appearance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Build Quality: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
  • Overall: 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

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"power" 13 reviews
"ride" 10 reviews
"reliable car" 9 reviews
"speed" 7 reviews
"handling" 7 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 8 reviews
"power" 4 reviews
"expensive car" 4 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews
"interior" 2 reviews

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1995 Volvo 850 4 Dr Turbo Sedan Review
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Volvo's 5 cylinder turbo motor still provides very good power almost twenty years later. Competitive with modern day Hyuandai Sonatas/Elantras - but hey, 20 years.

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Ford Motor Company accountants force Volvo to strip out the quality of every single part made out of plastic. Starting with the dashboard which is (was) secured with 4 bolts attached to plastic mounting - these invariably give out after 10 years or so. Inevitable (see Matt's Volvo Blog) - after which time, the dash shakes and rattles at the slightest road protuberance. The rest of the interior pieces follow suit. Sad.

ALLOYED2SEA
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Spritely Pos; Thank God Volvo Did Not Let Fomoco Get To The Drivetrain. — 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, designed to crack and fall apart dashboard ruins it all. Did I mention the antenna lead into the factory radio units being known to fail?

Primary Use: Family transportation

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1995 Volvo 850 4 Dr GLT Sedan Review
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Very nice car overall,good build quality everywhere,

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thirsty if driving hard

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Volvo Quality — 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 rims & sticky tires,turns like its on rails.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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1995 Volvo 850 4 Dr T5R Turbo Sedan Review
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HELL YEAH FOR TURBO POWERD CARS........

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fuel eco and bein underrated by people who dont no wht a T5 is

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Pure Fun — performance is good for an old car has a lot of ooomph in 3rd gear never been painted or bumped all original panels does the clock no probs {160}155000 genuine miles every mot from new.jst pure fun car sounds good with full custom stainless n dump valve.good T5s r now becoming scarce

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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1995 Volvo 850 4 Dr Turbo Wagon Review
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great for laugh

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none that i know of

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Great For Fun And The Family — this is my second car it has been lowered chiped and various other bits done to it not as clean as the main car but this one is much better to drive handles great pulls like a train,but its getting old now has got 250,000 miles on the clock but this does not stop it form going like a rocket,i have five boys and they all prefer this.at its best on a long journey has returned 37mpg not bad for 300hp estate

Primary Use: Family transportation

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1995 Volvo 850 4 Dr GLT Sedan Review
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Safe, spacious, fun to drive.

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Some very slight performance issues.

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All In All, A Great Car. — The performance overall is pretty good, but there are some minor issues: As with most Volvo's, the brakes are pretty squeaky, but they always work just fine. Also, once in a while you'll hear a little noise if your going, say, 100 KM/H on the highway, but other than that it's fine.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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1995 Volvo 850 4 Dr Turbo Wagon Review
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automatic transmission; confort; overall quality; plenty of space to 7 people

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If you run it with petrol, it's a expensive car to drive; I prefer the sedan because it's more solid and stylish, but, this wagon has more space...

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A Powerful And Fun Family Vehicle... A Big One! — I'm a Volvo fan and I found my 850 T5 Estate with most of the Volvo's UPS, but also with some unexpected DOWNS. It was my first car with automatic transmition and at first I found it strange to drive, but now that I'm used to, I love it!!! When a traffic light goes green and I want some fun, it's very easy to have it: JUST KEEP THE GAS PEDAL DOWN... it's just perfect. However, in reprise, it's slower than I though... or my 850 simply have some defect Although it's solid feel, it has more plastic rattles and shakes than my previous Volvos, but probably due to be a Wagon. My other two were sedans, that are much more solid kind of car. It has LPG (liquid petrol gas) instalation, which makes this T5 Estate much more cheap to drive.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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1995 Volvo 850 4 Dr T5R Turbo Sedan Review
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Performance, reliability, fun factor, getting ignored by police...

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Constantly being asked "are you thinking of selling".

Kodiak
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All Round Amazing Car With Almost Nothing On The Road Like It. — I bought my T5-R 2 years ago now and the hardest part about owning one of these cars is trying to find something comparable to replace it. The performance is fantastic, (to the red-faced mortification of many rednecks trying to take the Volvo off the line) especially for a "family car". Acceleration is strong and smooth in economy mode and delivers a decisive shove in sport. Handling is generally good, keeping in mind this is a 5 seater with room for luggage, with some torque steer but nothing much. Braking is very good as long as proper maintenance is done regularly. Overall the performance is what you would expect from a much newer and much higher priced car today. The build quality is a little on the plain side but absolutely solid all round. The leather and alcantara are a nice mix giving a luxurious feel with enough grip to keep you in your seat on the twistys. Appearance is subtly threatening at first glance, nothing overtly performance oriented but just low enough and with just a few extras to make it look like it means business. The T5-R came in 3 colours black, green and yellow. If you can find one in yellow BUY IT, these cars are as rare as hens teeth and finding someone who will part with one is even rarer. Maintenance is pretty simple as many parts are just the same a a regular 850 and DIY-ers won't have to worry about any "special tools". Parts are also great, you may pay a little more but they LAST so much longer than standard domestic garbage. The fuel filter is twice the size of a large beer can and is rated for 120,000 miles, that is the sort of parts you can get for this car. Cost of ownership has been reasonable so far. I have done brakes, tires, recharged the AC and other regular maintenance but nothing major. I see many complaints about fuel economy and just like any car it depends on your driving style. If you drive conservatively (yeah right) you can get between 550 and 600 kms on a 70L tank. If you want to go and embarrass 16 year- olds in ricers it will be closer to 500- 530 kms a tank (it is a high pressure turbo after all). Fun factor is amazing. There are just so few cars that have similar performance, safety, reliability and ease of maintenance today. The T5-R is for people who enjoy cars, the road and the sheer thrill of driving.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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1995 Volvo 850 4 Dr STD Sedan Review
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Comfort, handling, longevity

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Rear visibility

Kelly5078
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Best Car I Ever Owned! — This car was unbelievably comfortable, and performed well. Braking was superb, acceleration sufficient, handling excellent. The interior looked good, except for some wrinkling of the plastic trim, and the cloth upholstery lasted the life of the car with no rips or holes. While driving, the only flaw this car had was rear corner visibility. Well, that, and the idiotic, springy, and essentially useless cup holders. It cost a good bit to keep repaired, but it never had an on-the-road breakdown (though it had a couple of in-the-driveway ones). Towards the end of its life, the upholstery glue was disintegrating badly, and getting all over the place. Following several fairly costly repairs in 2011, the wiring harness went, and I declared the car a dead soldier at just over 197,000 miles. If they still made this car, I'd buy it again in a heartbeat.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1995 Volvo 850 4 Dr STD Sedan Review
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Reliable

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Fine Working Horse. — Does his job in all wheather. Good performance i snowy conditions. Easy to maintain. Mixed fuel consumption: One litre per 10 km One litre oil per 15000 km Can find parts almost in convenient stores. Problems: Rear brakes; uneven, clutch bearing rattles but works. It´s not a sports car but overall fine working horse.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1995 Volvo 850 4 Dr GLT Wagon Review
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Reliable, tough, comfortable, good chassis, predictable

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Small exterior dimensions, bad front end ground clearance.

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All Around Good Car For The Average Person — Good handling reliable comfortable carit has to be the simplest car i have ever owned has been tuned slightly makes good noise great gas milage, can be tossed around and driven hard all day and not break a sweat is a great drive

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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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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1994 Volvo 850 Reviews

Volvo 850 Sportwagon - Does Not Break The Faith By Volvomaven

The 850 wagon replaced the venerable 240 wagon and was Volvos first foray into FWD, a first for Volvo. Also gone was the typical red block motor and in its place was the now renown Porsche designed 5 ... Read More

Great Car Overall Handles Very Well. Like The Turbo On It Gives It That Extra Boots And Great In Sno By Steven

power windows, heated seats, dual climate control,leather,sunroof, roof rack, fold down seats for extra storage, abs at all four wheels, aluminum rims, Sport mode, Winter mode, Economy mode, Tractio... 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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