I bought my 850 turbo wagon brand new in 93 and have put 195,374 fun filled miles on it in the past 13 years. I have religiously maintained it as instructed by the owner's manual and have had no major problems with it. Most of the reviews Ive read about this car were given by people who bought one used and obviously did not have their mechanic look it over before purchasing. As long as you take care of this car, it will take care of you. I have changed the oil regularly and I use mobil one synthetic exclusively. The only major repairs Ive had to perform is replacing an a/c evaporator @ 132,000 miles. Other than that, Ive only had to replace the usual wear & tear items,tires,filters,etc
The turbo makes this car very fun to drive. The seats are amazing as is the amount of stuff it will carry. In 13 years, Ive never had to replace the rotors, I just keep having them turned which amazes me considering the car has over 195,000 miles on it. Its built like a tank, fast, fun & reliable
My only complaint is the layout of the switches on the interrior. It takes some getting used to but after a while, it becomes second nature. As for other people having problems with their tires and brakes, all I can say is make sure U get alignment checked. My tires average around 45,000 miles.
We purchased this vehicle with 82,000 miles, and sold it with 139,000. During this time, the car needed new tires every 12,000 miles because they wore unevenly, even with proper inflation. The brakes needed to be replaced every 10,000 miles, becasue the rotors warped, even with minmal use of the brakes. The radiator, catalytic coverter, O2 sensors, engine components, power seat, and blower motor needed replaced. In addition, the AC broke twice, and we had an oil and coolant leak repaired. After we were hit by a runaway car, it took 6 trips to THE DEALER to fix the car properly. The dealer parted out are car during the fifth trip, swapping used parts for the newer ones off our car.
Turbo made the car very fun to drive. Comfortable seats. Extremely safe in an accident. Excellent headlights.
Make the car reliable. Make the parts and labor costs of repairs reasonable (not 3 times what most cars are). Even the dealer can't repair the car correctly - how is anyone else supposed to? Improve the radio reception. Improve the cupholders. Relocate power window switches
I bought this POS from a family member
working at a dealership. The car
looked great and
the dealership said they would take
care of any flaws. Yeah right. I
took possesion of the car and 2 weeks
later it had a cracked radiator,
leaking oil from the rear main seal,
needed a new turbo, the power steering
pump went out, the rear hatch rattles
horribly, the tires needed replacing
due to broken belts, the front struts
needed to be repaced, the alternator
was replaced, and I continue to have
other small things break or fall off
of this vehicle. I hope that I am the
only one to experience the agony of
owning a VOLVO.
Turbo charged fun. Front eats are the
most comfortable seats I have ever sat
Better quality control. relocate the
window/mirror adjusters. Make this
car at least as reliable as a YUGO.
We've had our Volvo for 10 years and
in the past few, it has shown much
aging. The air conditioning broke
approximately 6 times and was VERY
costly to fix. It proved a huge
paralysis in the reliability of the
vehicle, and made it a bad summer car.
It can have a stiff ride and can be
the a little noisy because of the back
door jiggling over rough pavement.
However, it is a pleasant car to
drive, with good pickup and surefooted
handling. It can accomodate up to 5
adults in comfort, and is a quiet
cruiser and highway merger.
Reliability aside, it is a
comfortable, capable, athletic,
Very good acceleration and handling,
general quietness, spacious
accomodations, handy 3rd row seat,
visibility, front seat warmers,
apart from the cracking leather on the
seats and pothole-induced noise, FIX
THE AIR CONDITIONING!!! IT IS THE
REASON WHY WE CAN'T STAND TO DRIVE IT
IN THE SUMMER!!!