Fun to drive, but not fun to own
By pat on
1994 Volvo 850 Turbo 4dr Wagon
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