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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.

Pros: great gas mileage

Cons: lots of maintenance

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My Volvo Named, Vanessa — my friends love how comfortable my seats are. they love my awesome soundsystem. they hate how boxy it is. but they are amazed that it always shines like it does. i enjoy driving it. esspeshily on long road trips.

Pros: just about everything

Cons: automatic...nonturbo

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Great Reliable Car — Interior was very comfrotable and luxurious for a 1997 car. Engine was big and powerful, but not good on gas

Pros: Quick even though the non-turbo version.

Cons: Big, heavy

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Good Buy — I've had this car for over two years. Bought it in 2006 and have with 115K miles and now have over 150K miles on it for $7K. Old car nit-picking problems- left window drive failed -$350, odometer broke- est. $250, horn broke- $250. Right now it is burning oil but not noticeably on the road. It's seen at start up and it has to be changed every 3K. I bought it from 1 owner who had all records. So I'd recommend the model.

Owner for 2 years, 6 months

Miles Driven per Year:12,000

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High Cost To Maintenance The Car —

Drive nice, good acceleration, no turbo lag, good handling, runs great. Own it new, has 130k miles on it, no accident. But ... Tires wears out very fast because of alignment design. Black dust from disc brakes make tires, wheels, and hub caps black and dirty, always. My experience (for safety) is not to turn the disc but change all 4 discs and brake pads, cost: over $600. The expensive low profile tire is race car rated so it wears out fast (1 year or 8k-12K miles). Illegal to change to lower speed tires, per tire companies. 3 of 4 tires leak air slowly, not fixable (same case on many new 4-tire sets. Oil change must be done by Volvo dealer or Volvo tech to reset service light, else it stays on and may void all warranties. Early failures (about 40k): remote door locks, trunk lock, fuel door lock, anti-lock brake system, motorized antenna. $750-1000 to change timing belt + related parts, at every 60K miles. Advise to also change fan belts, water pumps, and thermostat at this time because stuffs are removed to access the belt (hence may cost $1000 or over). Aluminum engine and oil pan: Be careful not to strip spark plug threads. Don't run over something to slice the fragile Aluminum oil pan, a $1000 part itself. Cost of ownership is high. For the same price, I'd get more of a car, more luxury, and much lower maintenance cost.

Owner for 11 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:12,000

Pros: Turbo is durable, so far no maintenance cost even at 130k miles. Good driving experience. Good handling. Great acceleration.

Cons: High cost of total ownership.
Aluminum engine and oil pan.

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Great Car For Many Purposes — The engin is just about perfectly power for the type of car and the car feels reliable on slippery roads. Overall it feels very well put together and just the usual parts has been due to reparations. The exterior might be called a bit booring, but I think it has a certain classic look over it. I like it, but it would also be nice with some moderate styling.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Space and durability

Cons: gas mileage

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As an executive who travels (by auto) regionally very often, and also needs to safely take my family (and their belongings) to their weekly commitments, I purchased the Volvo for its style and durability. It is a bonus that I can feel the car respond, as necessary, when driving the mountains of the Mid-Atlantic. Do not be surprised when a State Trooper stops to tell you, "I only stopped you because I wanted to see what the inside looks like too. I would say , "Have a nice day, but it looks like you already are."" I wasn't.
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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

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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