by kfluharty on Aug 8, 2013 Vehicle: 1994 Volvo 850
Don't let the miles scare you when you are looking for a used Volvo. Mine had 152,000 miles on it when I bought it. Just passed 230,000 and this thing still runs and drives like a new car. She's built like a tank. Regular maintenance and the odd sensor or ball joint and this thing will run forever. FOLLOW THE VOLVO RECOMMENDED MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE!! I bought this car used 3 years ago after it was recommended by 3 different people. I have owned over 25 cars including Hondas, Toyotas, Nissans, Jeeps, a Ford, several GM products, and a BMW and this one is BY FAR the best vehicle I've ever owned. My friends kept telling me "Once you own a Volvo, you'll never own another car. They were right.
has 137k, bought with 103k. Problems: - Throttle body hose, mass airflow meter, and spark plugs (about $700) at 129k - New ceramic brakes and rotors ($475) -New wiper/cruise control stock (replaced on my own at $35) Benefits: - Very comfortable car, perfect for long trips! - 26-30mpg highway - Rear seats fold flat...and passenger seat. It can sleep somebody in there!
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
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.
by 1971911guy on Jul 14, 2004 Vehicle: 1994 Volvo 850
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.
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,
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