1997 Volvo 850 User Reviews

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    1997 Volvo 850 Review
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    One of the most solid cars I have ever driven. Very safe and well built car so perfect for keeping family safe. Got hit really bad by a car merging incorrectly and though the car got hit pretty bad the frame and interior remained intact. The boxiness of it grew on me and the seats were super comfotable although a bit low for someone small like me (52.) This car made me fall in love with Volvos. The end of this cars love story is with the turbo completely bombing out on me. Couldnt find anyone who could find a way around it. But still consider this one of the top 5 cars in the combined familys automobiles.
    Front Seats Ranked 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4WD worse.
    "more leg room and not as high up as the jeep - the middle was less cumbersome"
    Back Seats Ranked 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4WD worse.
    "more leg room and lower seats"
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    1997 Volvo 850 Sedan Review
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    55

    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

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

    Cons: It's getting older.

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    1997 Volvo 850 T5 Turbo Wagon Review
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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

    Pros: very safe and comfutable car

    Cons: none that i know of

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    1997 Volvo 850 R Turbo Wagon Review
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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.)

    Pros: 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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    1997 Volvo 850 GLT Turbo Review
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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.

    Pros: It's the McGoo

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

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    1997 Volvo 850 Sedan Review
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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

    Pros: Great Gas Milage

    Cons: Does not come with CD player

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    1997 Volvo 850 Wagon Review
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    45

    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.)

    Pros: Cheap, Reliable, & Runs like new

    Cons: No turbo, and no Automatic climate controls.

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    1997 Volvo 850 T5 Turbo Review
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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

    Pros: love it

    Cons: not much to complain about

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    1997 Volvo 850 T5 Turbo Wagon Review
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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

    Pros: performance, cargo capacity, comfort, styling

    Cons: parts prices, no manual transmission offered

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    1997 Volvo 850 GLT Turbo Review
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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

    Pros: its a bloody volvo

    Cons: boxy but there good

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    Reviews From Other Years

    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

    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

    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

    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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