1995 Volvo 850 Consumer Review: High Maintenance Baby

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High Maintenance Baby
By Totto on


1995 Volvo 850 Turbo 4dr Sedan


Have loved my 850T. Rides good, fast acceleration at hwy entry and exits. Has been a solid and fun to drive car. But very high maintenance, sensitive and has been problematic with things that rarely break on other cars. At 135K miles, I have had to replace the normal wear and tear items like belts, batteries and hoses but have had interior trim crack. Door panel cover fell off, sun roof top cover peeled off, cup holders broke, cassette had to be replaced and both over heat and distort tape sound, rear speakers are shot, lights burn out quickly. The suspension and ride are bumpy now and have had ongoing problems with oxygen sensor, oil leaks, coolant leaks, turbo hose and turbo line. Costly!

Best Features

Turbo is great for quick power. Heated seats and traction control. When she's in good shape she is great car.

Worst Features

Interior and exterior trim items routinely break. Windshield wipers loud and inefficient. Most hose replacements require removing the engine which doubles the price of the repair. Poor speakers and cup holder quality. Suspension does not hold up with age. Too high maintenance!!
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