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Volvo Turbo - This is a beauty
By moneymike on 04/06/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1994 Volvo 850 Sedan Turbo 4dr Sedan

Review

I bought this car because of its sporty yet practical features. The car has 90k miles and still runs as if it were new. I have had no electrical or any other problems. I love this car.
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1994 turbo
By farzad on 02/23/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1994 Volvo 850 Sedan Turbo 4dr Sedan

Review

It has tasteful conservative styling yet delivers a powerful punch. With 88000 miles on the clock it runs perfect. Changed the timing belt at 70k and fuel pump at 85k. What I love is you hit the gas at 70miles and in a few seconds your at 100 and people do not believe that it was a Volvo that just blow them away. A bit costly on the gas but above average reliability and performance yet it looks classy and expensive. Just let the engine idle a few minutes to cool off the turbo.
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No free lunches
By atanner on 02/09/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1994 Volvo 850 Sedan GLT 4dr Sedan

Review

I bought the car used with just 55k miles, but it still needed a lot of work: 2 CV boots, a radiator, a cam position sensor, etc. To replace turn signal indicator light would cost $85 because it is hard to get into the dash.
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Volvo Quirks
By CarltonJ on 12/04/02 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1994 Volvo 850 Sedan GLTS 4dr Sedan

Review

This is my third Volvo,(previous 244, and 744 owner). It has all the typical 'quirks' that make the old girl a Volvo. 1) electrical problems. It seems as soon as you go over 75k miles, the electrical system goes to pot, replacing bulbs in tail light, dash, and console instrument panel are a constant. Driver's side power seats don't recline anymore either. 2) Also, black trim on car peeled, and was repainted twice to no avail. 3) 6 disk CD changer in trunk is worthless, but sound system is great! I've got 130k on her now, and won't even think about another Volvo until I crack 200k. With age comes distinction...even if the lights keep going out.
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THE GOOD AND THE BAD
By John G. Smith on 09/30/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1994 Volvo 850 Sedan GLT 4dr Sedan

Review

If you have extra cash to spend on repairs then this is a good car for you. The design of the brakes only allows two cuts on the rotors so expect an $800 brake job every 60K miles. Going for scheduled maintenance every 10K does not prevent major problems from occuring. Try electrical problems that only Volvo can diagnose and repair. Overall a great car but you WILL need more than expected money for repairs but the same can be said for Mercedes and BMW so what else can you expect.
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'94 854 Turbo
By drpsyer on 09/10/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1994 Volvo 850 Sedan Turbo 4dr Sedan

Review

This is a fantastic car. I have had no major problems whatsoever, and that's with an aftermarket ECU and exhaust. These things are reliable, fast, stylish and comfortable. What more could you ask for??
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Nice but irritating
By David Jackson on 07/08/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1994 Volvo 850 Sedan GLT 4dr Sedan

Review

For the most part it's been nice owning this car. But there have been some electrical problems,& some quality short commings. The electric seat fails to recline & the black strips on top of the car are peeling,the driver's leather seat is cracking.
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anns850
By wright on 06/25/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1994 Volvo 850 Sedan GLT 4dr Sedan

Review

Purchased car in June 1996 with $20,000 cash. It has been a great car. When we purchased it it had 54000 miles now in June of 2002 it has 154000 miles. We have driven it now for six years and had absolutely no problems with the mechanical parts of the car. We have kept up the maintenance and only have had to replace only tires and brakes etc. The front seat however has problems with the cables that operate the power seat. This has had to be replaced twice since 1996. Currently we are going to trade it in and now the original dealer will only give us $1800 trade in value they say because of high mileage. This is disappointing!
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2nd owner can't complain
By bfriend on 06/03/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1994 Volvo 850 Sedan Turbo 4dr Sedan

Review

I bought my '94 turbo in '98 and have had very good performance out of it. Reliability better than expected and dealerships (in 3 different states) have been more helpful than my distrustful nature cares to admit. Paint still looks good and overall have been satisfied.
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good value for the money
By atlmberry on 04/22/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1994 Volvo 850 Sedan GLTS 4dr Sedan

Review

The value of options is good for the price range, however... if you are looking for reliability first, you probably don't want to look here. I got a "well" maintained 850 with only 83k miles - had it checked out before my purchase only to find out later there were many repairs required (A/C leak, rear main oil, front oil leak, etc.). It's a very nice looking car with alot of options but it's no Acura when it comes to repairs.
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