My 850 has 220,000 miles as of Dec. 2009. Bought used in 1995 with 13,000 miles. In the 14 years I have owned this 850, I have only replaced the struts, shocks, stereo, and heating coil. I live in Colorado and commute an average of 105 miles daily. With snow tires she handles beautifully in winter. I also perform regular maintenance like clock work. After all these years...she is still running strong and still looks beautiful. Without a doubt, she is the best car by all accounts.
Move window switches are directly under cup holder in center console.
What Volvo achieved with the 850 is amazing. The 850 was the first front wheel drive car actually built and designed by Volvo. Before the 850 Volvo only made heavy rear wheel drive tanks like the 240. At the time the class benchmark was the BMW 3-Series, but when the 850 came along it was bigger, safer, and better to drive than the BMW. The 850 feels nimble and the 5 cylinder engine is responsive and suprisingly quick. The 850 also got high crash test ratings. One of the nicest things about the 850 is its seats, which are some of the most car comfortable I've ever used. The only problem we've experienced in 14 years is a broken fuse that made the dashboard lights quit working. A great car.
Engine, steering, seats, suspension, safety, quality, and space
needs better cupholders and base model's hubcaps are slightly flimsy.
I bought this car from the original owner. It had 168,00. I now have over 180K My wife drove round trip Boston to Milwaukee. White 4 door, spoiler. People said hey look at you, Volvo! Hey for $3400 it is the most comfortable car. I luv that deep Volvo base purr. I had the timing belt, tensioners and water pump replaced as a precaution.