1994 Volvo 850 Consumer Review: know what you're buying

1994 Volvo 850 Wagon - Consumer Review

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By austinlad04 on


1994 Volvo 850 GLTS 4dr Wagon


"Sportwagon" model rides like sports car. Return rate on shocks is hard enough to bring excellent handling, but also annoyance over speed bumps and rough roads. Quick-handling PT Cruiser like Suburban next to this. Base engine needs expert touch; auto tranny cooperates once you figure out the shiftpoints. Hand dealer your Amex and pray; longer repairs than any other shop. Swapping shorted shiftlock chip (in the cabin) for the tranny cost as much as replacing the topside motor stabilizer bushing. Power seat mechanics susceptible to early failure. Paint on leather wears quickly in sun. Scheduled service expensive due to labor charge.

Best Features

Sporty handling. Also a surprisingly good-sounding stereo, though adding an in-dash CD unit on 1994 model requires surgery (don't know why). Volvo CD changer for pre-wire system $600. Hard-to-find wiring harness for compatible Alpine 6-disc.

Worst Features

New models ride softer. Most new ones have in-dash CD, but changer still a pricy extra. Package prices on scheduled services would help to avoid excessive labor charges. AC is too weak for Southwest. High cost of parts...when they eventually break.
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