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1996 Volvo 850

Volvo 850 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.4 L Inline 5-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 168 hp @ 6200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/26 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1996 Volvo 850

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  • What's New for 1996

    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.

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Best vehicle i've ever owned

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Vehicle: 1996 Volvo 850 4dr Sedan

When I purchased the Volvo in 1996, I had no idea that I'd still be driving it and loving it 12 years later. It is still very quiet and comfortable. I've never had any out-of-the ordinary repair issues. This is a great car!




At least it's safe

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Vehicle: 1996 Volvo 850 4dr Sedan

I just bought this car three months ago. In that time frame, the gas tank was replaced, the ABS failed, check engine light has been on twice, brake master cylinder has failed, FM radio died, and the catalytic converter failed. I love the interior, but the plastic on the doors seems to be falling apart. The car is slow and safe, but what would you expect from a Volvo? Needless to say, I won't buy another.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Solid & reliable

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Vehicle: 1996 Volvo 850 4dr Sedan

Solid, reliable car with no perks. It's never quit on me, but that darn check engine light has been on nearly the whole time I've had the car. Apparently I'm not the only one this happens to. Timeless, classic style holds up well, and the 10yr old interior still looks like new. Nice trunk space and good room for 4 Americans(I think you know what I mean). It's not called "The Brick" for nothing.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Safe, reliable car

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Vehicle: 1996 Volvo 850 4dr Sedan

Bought new in 1996 and maintained regularly through the dealership until the warranty expired. Now serviced by a more trustworthy independent import repair shop. Save by buying parts online. A strong, solid, dependable car (150k miles). Excellent brakes, but rotors are not durable. No significant mechanical problems.



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Got a good one

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Vehicle: 1996 Volvo 850 4dr Sedan

We bought this car in '99 with 57k on it. Now has 150k miles. Had all of the normal problems (brakes, cam sensors, squeaks in dash, bulb burnout, etc.) but these have all been relatively minor. I can never understand why folks take their cars to the dealers for service and get ripped off - find someone else! I fix most things myself so costs have been rather low. It's a solid car that we got for my wife to be safe in. Will probably sell it next year but overall it has been a decent car and we'll miss it. Probably the best student car out there (safe, durable, not too powerful).




Love my volvo

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Vehicle: 1996 Volvo 850 4dr Sedan

Bought my Volvo at one year with 20,000 on it. Pure comfort and safety. Great heater seats in winter. Currently have 115,000 on her and expect to go another few years. No big problems, usual maintenence and tire replacement. Worry free car.



Full 1996 Volvo 850 Review

What's New for 1996

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.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 18
  • cty
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  • 26
  • highway
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