by itssamyo on Jul 18, 2013 Vehicle: 1995 Volvo 850 GLT 4dr Wagon
I love my 850. It is my first car that my family has owned since 1997. Four years ago when I started driving it I was admittedly ashamed to have a "soccer mom car". My attitude quickly changed. Its a N/A four speed automatic that is going on 274000 miles. The car is showing its age with little squeaks and rattles, the hatch no longer stays open on its own, and little bits and bobs seem to be wearing out. Despite this it has been an incredibly safe form of transportation. While repairs are far from cheap, the engine and transmission are bulletproof and continue to work well, and I tend to push this wagon very hard.
by schuckles on Jan 29, 2012 Vehicle: 1995 Volvo 850 GLT 4dr Wagon
I bought my 850 used, the previous owner beat the crap out of it and I've been restoring it. My 850 lacks the turbo, it is a bit slow. However, the 5 cyl engine that Volvo used in this car is rock solid, it starts every time.
The car drives like a dream, it holds just about anything you can imagine, the MPG is nothing to write home about (avg 19.8 MPG). The gear shifter is a little notchy, requires a large throw. The odometer stopped working at 185k miles, but using the computer diag port, it's actually got 214k miles - the vehicle shows no sign of giving out - it just keeps going! The suspension and all wheel disc brakes give it a sporty edge, but the engine is under powered.
by Kate on Mar 22, 2008 Vehicle: 1995 Volvo 850 GLT 4dr Wagon
I bought my car with 105,000 miles on it as the fourth owner. I had it for a year. It was awesome as a college student to be able to haul around my friends and my stuff. However, previous owners had not cared for the car properly and I ended up with a blown piston ring after a year of ownership. That pretty much totaled the car ($3k of repairs for a $3k car) unfortunately. However, I bought a used 2002 XC70 because I loved my 850 so much. It was taken on several car trips (camping, skiing and paintball) and performed well in all areas. I wish I could have bought another. Be aware when buying used- if the person before you hasn't done the maintenance, the car will fail.
by Sandra on Sep 24, 2006 Vehicle: 1995 Volvo 850 GLT 4dr Wagon
this car is beautiful. runs like a beast. i have 122,000 miles on it and it is still running strong. volvo's are known to make it to the million mile mark. never had any problems with it, just the normal wear and tear all cars get when over 100,000 miles. excellent car in the snow when equipped with winter package. feel very safe in this car. it is very good at catching speed. love the factory premium sound system. to sum it all up everything about this car is excellent!
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