1997 Volvo 850 User Reviews

1997 Volvo 850 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 25 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:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 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: 4.2 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

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PROS
"power" 9 reviews
"reliable car" 7 reviews
"ride" 6 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"turbo" 3 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"high maintenance" 3 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
"ugly car" 2 reviews
"turbo" 2 reviews

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Alex writes:
1997 Volvo 850 4 Dr STD Sedan Review
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4

Pros

If you get into an accident, you're protected.

Cons

It's getting older.

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

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Steven writes:
1997 Volvo 850 4 Dr T5 Turbo Wagon Review
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4

Pros

very safe and comfutable car

Cons

none that i know of

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Great For Fun And The Family — 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 does around 10mpg more than the auto its great fun to drive although the handling is not as good as my other one.has no rattles but the dashboard has a squeak as at some stage the heater matix had gone and the dash has strange lump in it,it has had no mods at all

Primary Use: Family transportation

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slider99 writes:
1997 Volvo 850 4 Dr R Turbo Wagon Review
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5

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Outstanding all-round vehicle

Cons

Volvo dealers are nor generally the best, I've found a good independent shop for maintenance.

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Best Car Yet, Too Bad We Can't Get The European Diesels Here. — This wagon, with AWD, light-pressure turbo, and 5-speed manual gearbox, was available in Canada but not in the USA, where only an automatic was offered. AWD makes it a great car for my needs here in Whistler, British Columbia. Fast, economical, subtle yet elegant styling. I use it as a demonstration vehicle sometimes for my advanced driving schools.(www.spdt.ca) Front brakes have been upgraded to cadmium plated, drilled, slotted, work better on mountain roads. Some poly bushings, less restrictive air cleaner, otherwise stock. Hard to believe how nice it still is to drive, 5 speed manual really helps. Torque from low pressure turbo comes on early, makes vehicle feel quick enough, though no rocket ship. Nice power band for overtaking. As an automotive journalist I drive many different vehicles, this one is still nice to take home. Still looks great, feels and sounds solid. I pay strict attention to maintenance procedures. As with most European cars, this makes a huge difference.

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

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Jackie writes:
1997 Volvo 850 4 Dr GLT Turbo Sedan Review
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4

Pros

It's the McGoo

Cons

The hesitation and gas milage. And it kinda smells like skunk for some reason

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Good, Solid Car. — It's a quality car, it's kinda like a tank but it turns well. It's got something like 220 hp but there's a hesitation when you step on the throttle we can't figure out. It's not to good on gas but it's not horrible, something like 18mpg. There's a few scratches here and there but it's an overall good car.

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Brandan writes:
1997 Volvo 850 4 Dr STD Sedan Review
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5

Pros

Great Gas Milage

Cons

Does not come with CD player

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Volvo 850 — My 1997 Volvo 850 is a awsome car. It has a V5 Motor and 4 speed automatic Transmission. It gets excellent gas milage and has alot of style to it. For the money, Volvo is one of the best makes you can get and the 850 has been an excellent model to have owned.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Mark writes:
1997 Volvo 850 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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5

Pros

Cheap, Reliable, & Runs like new

Cons

No turbo, and no Automatic climate controls.

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Winter Beater — Bought it for $400, and put some normal parts (brakes & steering) and Megan & I Cleaned it top to bottom. Now it drives like a brand new car!! ... Only the best cars last this long. Oh: It had a birthday this week, she turned 410,000 Km!

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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1Stu writes:
1997 Volvo 850 4 Dr T5 Turbo Sedan Review
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4

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love it

Cons

not much to complain about

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Would Buy Another One, Just Not A Brand New One — Just over 130,000 miles on our 97 850t5. The car still runs and drives fantastic. We plan to still be driving it when it reaches 250,000. Keep maitaining them and they will just keep on going. Volvo 4 life...Other than the fact that it's a little dated being so square it still looks sporty. I see one year old cars that are worse than my 97. It's safe fast reliable and still a whole lot of fun.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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David writes:
1997 Volvo 850 4 Dr T5 Turbo Wagon Review
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5

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performance, cargo capacity, comfort, styling

Cons

parts prices, no manual transmission offered

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1997 850 T5 Wagon — Volvo has a vault-like build quality, using good body stiffness and quality materials to provide a stable, sure-footed feel. The T5 motor was definitely the heart of the car. Endless torque once on the boost. Competent handling, especially considering the heft and size of the wagon. Cavernous and properly shaped load area can swallow anything. The seats were secretly engineered to avoid sore spots after 8+ hours on the road.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Charles writes:
1997 Volvo 850 4 Dr GLT Turbo Sedan Review
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3

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its a bloody volvo

Cons

boxy but there good

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Gotto Have One — nothing says SAFETY better than the VOLVO, full airbags, sips, leather, auto air, power steer, power windows, power everything, except i have to turn the steering wheel, apart from that you cant go wrong, next year i get my bowlers hat on the back dash (yeah baby)

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Joey writes:
1997 Volvo 850 4 Dr R Turbo Sedan Review
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4

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it was the safest car in its time

Cons

maintenance

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Safe And Fun — its safe , it has ice cold a/c bu in is not too bad , its got alot of parts ,(upgrade) their is a following and its got all the safety features for a cheap price , beware maintenace and parts are not for the weak at heart ....

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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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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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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