1997 Volvo 850 User Reviews

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    1997 Volvo 850 R Turbo Review
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    35

    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

    Pros: it was the safest car in its time

    Cons: maintenance

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    1997 Volvo 850 R Turbo Wagon Review
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    I Love It! — My version is 850 AWD so it accelerate like rocket... Brakes are large discs with ABS so - OK Build Quality: ...hey, its a VOLVO Appearance: I LOVE it... Cost of Ownership: Low maintenance, but a bit worse mileage (turbo) Fun Factor: Power, confort, capacity (estate) - YES! It's FUN!

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Turbo (FWD and RWD) lovers car...

    Cons: If you don't like boxines...

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    1997 Volvo 850 Review
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    55

    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

    Pros: Safe, spacious, good handling, good seats.

    Cons: High maintenance

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    1997 Volvo 850 Wagon Review
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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.

    Pros: Looks, performance, quality

    Cons: Handling, non-turbo

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    1997 Volvo 850 Review
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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.

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

    Cons: boxy body

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    1997 Volvo 850 Wagon Review
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    Volvo 850 — i love the fact that it has a sport mode and an economical mode. the thing isnt as pretty as it could be i should put on some black aluminum rims but i dont have the money. its fast and very quiet. has good gas milage but it doesnt accelerate as fast as i would like.

    Pros: quiet and fast

    Cons: not so pretty

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    1997 Volvo 850 Sedan Review
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    Undst A Volvo — Have a manual 850 base. Good sound, needs mods, but overall jumps the line well and takes esses alright. Has more speed out of the higher revs. 5cyl gives between 22 city and 27 highway. This with bad tires and a slipping clutch. Overall, a fun, yet safe car. I don't have the turbo, but do have a manual which is apparently rare to find. All cars should be manual.

    Pros: Runs strong and fast

    Cons: Hard to find mods and expensive repairs

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    1997 Volvo 850 R Turbo Review
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    1997 Volvo 850r Manual Sedan — It is rare. Only few thousand were ever made and in this color (anthracite grey), which was available only at the end of production even rarer. It was the most powerful Volvo built till date, it has 250 BHP and 350 Nm torque and is quite quick. It looks good. Sitting on dark 17" stock alloys is looking really sexy. It is a real sleeper. Most of the other drivers really do not expect it to be so powerful and quick (for an old boxy thing). I really like it a lot.

    Pros: performance, looks, rarity.

    Cons: chassis is less sporty than engine.

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    1997 Volvo 850 T5 Turbo Review
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    The 850 T5 — Owned and drove the Volvo 850 for many years. It was the first car I've ever drive. Performance: the 222 HP turbo charged engine give the driver one hell of a ride. It's an engine that's demanding a great driver to tame. Yet, it can be precise enough for anyone to control. The handing was superb was a car this size and weight and at its time. The state of the art, "Delta-link semi- independent rear suspension," prevent the car from under-steering for a front wheel drive car of course. Although I drove the automatic 4 speed transmission, it was very sporty. It's no wonder in the 90s the 850 was used in many motor sports and even in rally sport. Interior: It has one of the most luxurious interior for a car at its time. Leather seat, leather steering wheel. Exterior: from the outer appearance, it's not a beautiful car. It's big and it looks like a match box but who cares? Reliability: For Volvo, every of its first generation model's reliability are in serious question for reliability. However, the T5 on the other hand is one of the last in the 850 series. It is extremely reliable. Major repairs are only determined by driving habits. Gas milage: For a car with this kind of weight, power, engine, and age, it was considered good for its time. Averaging 12.5-13 Liters to 100 KM, a full tank can give you an average of 470 KM +-.

    Pros: Great performance

    Cons: Looks like a match box

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    1997 Volvo 850 GLT Turbo Review
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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

    Pros: 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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    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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