by josh63 on Nov 4, 2011 Vehicle: 1996 Volvo 850 Platinum Limited Edition Turbo 4dr Sedan
I bought this car about 2 months ago. It had about 144,500 miles on it when I got it. I just hit 150,000 today! I have to say the one downfall of this vehicle is the gas mileage I average 26mpgs. I willl say in the short time that I have owned this car I have been pleased, I commute about 1.5 hours to and from school so its holding up to about 150 miles a day, which is very good for a car of its age. The interior is very comfortable, and very well designed, my driver seat heater quit working, that is the only downfall I have seen on the inside. The car also handles very well in the rain, I hate to say it but I almost enjoy driving in the rain now!! When this one dies I WILL have another one!
by Flash Turner on Aug 7, 2006 Vehicle: 1996 Volvo 850 Platinum Limited Edition Turbo 4dr Sedan
Volvo got it right when they built the 1996 volvo 850 turbo platium edition. Comfort, reliability, safety and passenger experience are all awesome. The engine is so good that Volvo is putting it in its new 2008 C30--rock-solid engineering. Don't know why Volvo didn't put the T-5 (with 218 horses) in the S80 or why didn't they put the R S-60 engine in the S80. All I know is when Volvo built the 850 Turbo they built a legend. The 1996 850 R are still selling for a lot of money.
by Bogus Skier on Sep 28, 2002 Vehicle: 1996 Volvo 850 Platinum Limited Edition Turbo 4dr Sedan
The Turbo can achieve that speed but it
sounds and feels like it's in a
hurricane. Bought new. Few problems:
2 batteries, some nuisance rattles.
Smokes up mountain roads. New higher
profile tires: handling and ride
improved. Wt. distribution
compromises handling. Steering heavy -
requires firm, deliberate input;
precise road sense in return but over-
steer prone. Seating comfort is
remarkable. Repair/routine maintenance
myself so expenses minimal. Replacing
pads at 45K without the need for
rotors. Unused extended warty. Leather
durable and wearing exceptionally well.
Unless it begins to fall apart, will
keep it around for another 5 to 8 yrs.
by Happy Driver on Mar 26, 2002 Vehicle: 1996 Volvo 850 Platinum Limited Edition Turbo 4dr Sedan
This has been an incredible car to drive. Fun, fast and great handling...who would of thought that Volvo could produce a "sporty" car. Two thumbs up for this car, i got an awesome deal...only cost me 8,000. I had someone offer me 12,000 the day after i bought it. Great ride, love it!!!
This year all Volvo 850s are equipped with front seat side-impact airbags, optional traction control (TRACS) and a life insurance policy that pays $250,000 to the estate of any occupant who loses their life in the 850 as the result of an accident.