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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Lauren writes:
1997 Volvo 850 Review
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5

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safe, easy to drive, comfortable, reliable, low maintenance

Cons

boxy body

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Volvo 850 — This car was quiet, smooth, and had had a certain dignity. It was a great college car because it never broke and it was incredibly comfortable with all the luxery upgrades like leather, sunroof and heated power seats. This Volvo had a huge gas tank and even though I commuted 80 miles every weekend, I rarely had to fill it. I never had to maintain it more than fluids and tire rotations. It had tight brakes like any volvo, and slower acceleration due to its heavy body. Still, once the acceleration would kick in it was fast and easy to manuver. A downside was the boxy body, but that never bothered me because it was solid as a tank and great in the snow as it was so heavy. I got hit by a drunk driver in an suv that was speeding and ran a stop sign. My volvo was totalled, along with his truck which jumped a divider, but no one in my car was hurt. Both men in the truck had head injuries. This car was fantastic in the accident. I am alive today because of it's superior performance. I had a blast driving it and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to buy one.

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

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engine, interior and exterior are going to last themselves for forever

Cons

i had to replace little parts for ppl being jealous of my car

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Yes-great Fuel Mileage And Its Fun To Drive. A+++ — i have a 1994 volvo 850 glt. it is an automatic with power everythin including a sunroof. i have the headlight wipers and a button to choose my fuel economy intake. i have put in a supercharger kit with a cold air intake by AEM. i absolutly love driving/racing/goofin/partyin with my car. the stock radio is still good but im looking to replace it soon bc i want a lil more quality/custom. my car has a lil over 120k on it and deffinately still going. they are rated as 300-400k life expectancy.my volvo is solid with excellent safty standards. it performs good but i can get more and the look is stock but still good for a '94. no rattles but prices can b salty if u don't know an inside guy like i do. the volvo 850 sits low to the ground and handles the best i hav ever felt. it gets 33 mpg highway and about 26 in the city. THATS GREAT FOR THE POCKET! i hav redone the interior a little, like the center console and other random plastics wer painted by me to match the extior color of the car. the exterior paint is put on heavily for rust reduction and has a brilliant shine to it after its buffed

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

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

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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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Manu writes:
1997 Volvo 850 Review
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4

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Safe, spacious, good handling, good seats.

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High maintenance

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Great Everyday Car — Handles very good, not very sporty but can be driven quite fastly on most surfaces (tarmac, gravel, snow). Not the cheapest car to maintain, some parts can be quite costly. A nice car to drive, even though it aint very great fun, but fills the needs for most people who want to drive comfortably, quickly and be safe doing it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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

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Looks, performance, quality

Cons

Handling, non-turbo

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Volvo 850 — A well built car that is safe and still fairly sporty. It has some understeer problems but it's still more powerful than most think. I have serviced it myself and it is cheap to maintain. The interior is also comfortable and functional.

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1997_volvo_850 writes:
1997 Volvo 850 4 Dr STD Sedan Review
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5

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great gas mileage

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lots of maintenance

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1997 Volvo 850 — performance is great although acceleration from stop is a little slow. braking is excellent and it handles better than i expected i love the way these cars look unfortunately mine is a little ugly at the moment gets great fuel mileage i can usually drive around for about a week with the gas light on.

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

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

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It's the McGoo

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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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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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