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The Volvo 850 is the Best Car ever owned
3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By Deb A
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1995 Volvo 850 4dr Sedan


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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.


Suggested Improvements

Move window switches are directly under cup holder in center console.


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Great car for the money
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By David
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1995 Volvo 850 4dr Sedan


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Bought this car as second owner for my mom who was 74. Had two minor little problems but has been a real gem. Just keep ahead of the maintenance.


Favorite Features

Interior trim and design. And also the way the car is put together, makes it easy to work on.


Suggested Improvements

Make it a little heavier.


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1995 Volvo 850 Base 4dr
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By MotorStreet
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1995 Volvo 850 4dr Sedan


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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.


Favorite Features

Engine, steering, seats, suspension, safety, quality, and space


Suggested Improvements

needs better cupholders and base model's hubcaps are slightly flimsy.


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Great Basic Car
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By Jon Lilienfeld
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1995 Volvo 850 4dr Sedan


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Currently at 197,000 miles. No major repairs at all. Do your preventive maintenance and it will last forever. A few little repairs, but what the heck. Handling positive & sure.


Favorite Features

classic style will not go out of style. Built like a tank. Positraction (whatever it's called) & ABS.


Suggested Improvements

Air Cond. needs more power - just barely makes it


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Nice Car
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By WORLDBFRE
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1995 Volvo 850 4dr Sedan


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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.


Favorite Features

Comfort


Suggested Improvements

Better cup holders/ better gas mileage


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Never again, sadly
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By SD3-60
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1995 Volvo 850 4dr Sedan


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This is my 4th Volvo. Volvo built its reptuation on the 122s and 240s, NOT the 850. This is a fun, spacious, somewhat fast, and terribly unreliable car. I'm at 100K right now; here's what I've had to do: clutch, cat. converter, motor mounts, cam shaft position sensor, rear door handle jammed (fixed myself), alternator (all over $2000, not including reg maintenance such as the t-belt and service). Design-wise, this car is light years ahead of the 240. However, its reliabilty falls very short of the old work horses. They still are very safe, but that's about the extent of the old reputation that still may be true today :( If you do make the mistake of buying this car, get the manual tranny


Favorite Features

Spacious and comfortable interior-- much more durable than the 240s. Zippy acceleration (5spd manual), decent gas mileage (consistently hit 30mpg fwy, 18 city), nice handling for a soccer taxi. VERY safe.


Suggested Improvements

Build qaulity! Come on guys. Yeah, it'll last forever--as long as you replace every part on it by the time it hits 200K miles. Very unreliable. Very disappointed. It seems that once Volvo decided to join the styling band wagon, it jumped off the quality band wagon. Such a shame.


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Great car for teenager
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By BARB1958
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1995 Volvo 850 4dr Sedan


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This car has been a great car for my teenager. Its safety was a big priority, it's fun to drive and has some luxury items like leather and seat warmers that we don't have on the other cars. I drive a van, and I prefer to drive the Volvo during snow/rain because it has a better feel for the road. The car had 142,000 miles on it when purchased, but we feel our used- Volvo dealer prepped it well and guaranteed everything for one year. Will look for a '96 or '97 for my next teenager car purchase next year.


Favorite Features

Safety, comfort, seat warmers, fun to drive heats up fast in this terrible winter we're having now.


Suggested Improvements

Gas mileage could be alittle better.


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Very Satisfied
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Audry
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1995 Volvo 850 4dr Sedan


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I bought this car used & was trusting that everything would be ok...I've never had anything go wrong. It's a great car.


Favorite Features

Safety, car seat warmers, reliability


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no more volvo's
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By gary patterson
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1995 Volvo 850 4dr Sedan


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Motor, Trans great...little things a big problem. Broken power seat back, broken glove box lock, worn cruise control wire, recirculate air broken twice, cup holders, center arm rest broken, rear door welds broken, mud flaps broken, broken horn contacts (constant honk), check engine light stuck on (dealer couldn't reset..."recommend $600 new electronics"...forget it guys!) Radio doesn't even work right("We can fix that for $400") But it is safe!!!!


Favorite Features

SAFE...fortunately I haven't crash tested the thing yet! Engine and transmission fine so far...81,000 miles.


Suggested Improvements

Everything...just get in and drive...don't be too picky, or this car will drive you nutty. I would never purchase another volvo. Oh yeah, the A/C is starting to fail...I'm sweating when it's 78 degrees out.


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