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1996 Volvo 850 User Reviews

1996 Volvo 850 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 45 reviews

  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Appearance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5

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PROS
"power" 17 reviews
"ride" 15 reviews
"reliable car" 9 reviews
"fuel economy" 8 reviews
"comfortable car" 7 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"interior" 4 reviews
"power" 4 reviews
"heavy car" 3 reviews
"turbo" 3 reviews

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Displaying 1 - 10 of 45 1996 Volvo 850 reviews.

Chris writes:
1996 Volvo 850 4 Dr Platinum Limited Edition Turbo Wagon Review
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5

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Looks, interior, options, engine.

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Rear seat legroom could be better, Gas mileage (about 21 mpg avg.) Some of the buttons are in awkward places.

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The 850 Wagon Is A Great Car. Turbo Is The Better Option. If You Find A Platinum Edition, Get It. — The 1996 Volvo 850 Wagon Platinum Edition is a all around great car. It comes with a peppy inline 5, 2.3 liter engine turbocharged to 225 bhp. It could use a bit more power but it still does well. The 850 is Volvo's segue in to the luxury and performance niche and they have done quite well. This particular version seems to look even better with age with it's Persus wheels and platinum white paint job that changes colors day or night. The interior isn't anything too flashy but it makes sense, and it looks clean and classic without that gaudiness many 90's cars have. There's ample room in the back too. But that's not what Volvo is known for, is it? Volvo is known for safety. The 850 feels solid and safe to drive. Like the driver could make a mistake and the car would handle it. It's safety is even made known around the car with imprints, stickers, and the awkwardness of climbing in and out of the back seat. (Passengers sit in a cage, basically). When you start the car, red "fasten seat belt" lights located near the map lamps illuminate much like in an airplane. Like most European cars, the Swedish 850 is a bit more costly to maintain, (though, a bit less than it's German counterparts). Maintenance is key, or an owner may face a bit more costly repairs down the road. But Volvos are known for lasting a long time. The 850 is no different. Take care of it, and it will take care of you. The brass tacks are that it's not for everyone. If you want more reliability and fuel efficiency, get a Honda, if you want more luxury, get a BMW or a Benz. If you want better looks, get an Alfa. If you want a car that has a bit of soul and you know will last you a long time, find one of these gems. The Volvo 850 Platinum Wagon.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Nick writes:
1996 Volvo 850 4 Dr Turbo Wagon Review
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5

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- safe
- very good handling
- faster than you'd think (lots of torque)
- spacious
- extremely solid (even after 300000kms/186000 miles)

Cons

- some people might consider the car ugly (its design is outdated)
- the older the car gets, the more smoke its exhaust produces (but that's a typical diesel problem)
- after 11 years, the dashboard sometimes starts to produce squeaky noises which are a bit annoying (probably airco related)

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Awesome Handling, Lots Of Torque, 300000kms (186000 Miles) And Still Going Strong — This Volvo 850 2.5 TDI is the best handling car I've ever driven, despite my experience with lots of other (newer) cars. It's also very safe with its two airbags and typical Volvo reliability. In addition, the car is a lot faster than you'd expect, in spite of the rather small amount of horsepower (145bhp) available. This might be typical for my car though, because it depends on how you've run it in. If you drive the car normally, it has a fuel consumption of about 8 litres per 100kms (62 miles). If you drive it at full speed on the highway, it goes up to 12 litres, which still isn't that bad.

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Harris writes:
1996 Volvo 850 4 Dr GLT Sedan Review
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3

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The car was good for long trips (despite the cruise control not working) and was great for moving in and out of college (I fit a twin mattress in the back with the seats folded down).

Cons

Electronic components

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Engine And Transmission Will Live Longer Than You Will, Electrical Components Are A Nightmare To Fix — I had the 2.4 liter naturally aspirated inline 5 cylinder which produced around 165hp, the car weighs about 2.5 tons so it is slightly under-powered even with the "sport mode" on. The winter mode however was very useful and did help to prevent the vehicle getting stuck. As far as reliability goes the engine and transmission are wonderful, mine turned out to have had the odometer pulled and replaced twice so while mine said it was around 171,000 miles when I sold it, the history report showed that over 60k had been taken off. So for the engine to pull as well as it did with over a quarter of a million miles is remarkable. However it suffers heavily from Volvo's Achilles' heel, their electrical components. Anything from the gauge cluster lights flickering on and off at night to the door locks locking and unlocking themselves as I drove along were part of my everyday routine. It drove me so crazy in fact that I practically gave the vehicle away.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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dic_camarillo writes:
1996 Volvo 850 4 Dr R Turbo Wagon Review
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4

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Great little wagon that holds quite a bit of cargo.  Comfortable for a long drive.  Seat are well made and comfortable.  Lots of nice features including heated seats.  Nice turbo engine - pretty quick for a small displacement engine.

Cons

Has had its share of problems.  Some small cosmetic parts are broken and some creaks in the car.  She also leaks quite a bit of oil.  Headlight wiper gets stuck.

dic_camarillo
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A Definite Sleeper. A Turbocharged Wagon That Looks Like A Family Car. — These Volvos are very cool cars. They ride nice, handle well and haul lots of stuff. The large number of amenities makes this car feel almost like a luxury car. We have had to change some things that we feel failed a bit early. So far, we've changed the radiator, mass air flow sensor and of course the maintenance (timing belt, water pump, brakes, battery, etc) seems to be a bit higher than our other cars. Overall, I would recommend this car to anyone looking for a good looking, safe, performance hauler.

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madean59 writes:
1996 Volvo 850 4 Dr GLT Sedan Review
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This is the best car for the money that I spent.

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Stupid placement for the window controls. The electronics is flakey.

madean59
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Totally Reliable And A Feeling Of Safety. — Not the best preformance car when it comes to acceleration but as far as braking and handling it holds its own. kept up with the minor maintance like tires, oil changes and so on. For the 7 years that I've had it for the only major repairs were for the CV-joints. I must point out that the lights bulps seem to be the most annoying issue. They don't seem to last as long as they should but for the most part this old car was the best thing I've ever owned. Bought this car in 2003 with 51,000 miles on it and I only paid $8K. The reason so cheap is because it did have a slight dent that was hardly noticeable. It's the best car I've ever owned. The appearance is not bad. For 15 years old it has received its share of scratches but for the most part both inside and outside it is still a good looking tank. The gas mileage is what you can expect for this type of vechile. It gets about 18 city / 24 hwy. Is this car fun to drive? I can't truly answer that question because I don't like driving. I drive because I have to. I believe cars are tools and nothing more. Get me from point A to point B and back to A again is all that I ask from my car. I do like to be comfortable when I travel. What I do look for in a car is comfort and safety as well as reliablity.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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David writes:
1996 Volvo 850 4 Dr R Turbo Sedan Review
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Very fast, comfortable, spacious, luxury barge

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A bit thirsty when boosting the turbo a lot.

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1996 Volvo 850 4 Dr R Turbo Sedan — Performance: 250BHP and 300lbs/ft of Torque. This thing is Fast. Turbo give you a real kick in the back and it can spin the front wheels in 3rd gear, even though it is an Auto. Brakes are Ok, could be a little stronger, handles well, would be better on slighty lower, stiffer springs. Build Quality: Volvo Mechanics well proven, very solid. Appearance: Very Discreet, lovely colour. Cost of Ownership: On a run fuel economy isn't too awful, just don't look at the MPG computer when you are having fun! Fun Factor: Brilliant fun

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

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Platinum855 writes:
1996 Volvo 850 4 Dr Platinum Limited Edition Turbo Wagon Review
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Its a Volvo!!!

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Tailgate rattle

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413,000kms And Still Going! — I love the pearl paint! The tail gate rattle is not very fun. But driving the car is just enjoyable every time I get in it. The options excellent. The nivomat rear suspension is really nice when hauling a heavy load. The cars turbo motor is amazing. The fuel mileage is great as long as you stay out of the turbo boost. I would buy another one if I saw one.

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Nate writes:
1996 Volvo 850 4 Dr GLT Sedan Review
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everything about it

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squeaky brakes if you arn't familier with the car.

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My Baby — I love this car!!! Classic, has personality, awesome interior......and it's mine of course. It accelerates great and can be set for sport or econ. sport has a kick and is fun to drive but I like to save as much money on gas so I keep it on econ usually. Since it's an older car I've had to take it in a few times but nothing to bad. The breaks are a bit squeaky when you don't keep the car clean but that's the personality that I mentioned. I'm the only one who can brake without it screaming. Exterior is a regal boxier shape but it pulls it off with a great black color. Interior is fantastic! leather interior with a great sound system. The cost is normal and I have no problems with gas mileage. I love driving this car! I roll all five windows "sunroof included" and drive, and drive, and drive.

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Dave writes:
1996 Volvo 850 4 Dr Turbo Wagon Review
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fast, reliable and amazingly comfortable on long drives

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heavy car, and internal controls could be better.

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Volvos Kick Ass — Handles well, incredible on hwy, and accelerates past any traffic in a heartbeat. Gas mileage is about 10L/100km in city and around 7.5L/100km hwy. Even when doing 140km/hr, on the flats, it maintains this mileage. Totally recommend having a turbo on a car - ads to safety when passing on Canadian hwys. No major repairs - just regular maintenance. Over 220,000 kms and still pulling strong as ever.

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ironmartonline writes:
1996 Volvo 850 4 Dr GLT Sedan Review
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5

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Once you understand Volvo's way of thinking you learn to really appreciate these cars

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Interior parts with age tend to brake easy, well it is old

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Boxy But Good — 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 very comfortable

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

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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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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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