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By cking3177
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1996 Volvo 850 4dr Sedan


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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!


Best Features

Roomy inside, like a larger luxury vehicle.


Worst Features

I've never quite adjusted to the view on the passenger's side in the front...as with parking, etc. Maybe it's just me.


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At least it's safe
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By Not pleased
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1996 Volvo 850 4dr Sedan


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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.


Best Features

Heated seats, dual zone climate control, heated mirrors.


Worst Features

How about building reliable cars?


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Solid & Reliable
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Brian
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1996 Volvo 850 4dr Sedan


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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.


Best Features

Simple, easy to use dashboard layout. Roomy trunk and cabin. Classic look still impressive when compared to new cars.


Worst Features

Vovo should really figure out how to control it's "Check Engine" lights and on board computers. They have a mind of their own and can cost you thousands, as mechanics search for the cause of repetitive problems.


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Safe, Reliable Car
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By fusnyphi
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1996 Volvo 850 4dr Sedan


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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.


Best Features

seats, safety features, trunk space


Worst Features

better situated and stronger cupholders


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Got a good one
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By T-luv
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1996 Volvo 850 4dr Sedan


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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).


Best Features

Safety. Seats are comfy. Easy to drive. Gas mileage of 24mpg. Mechanically it seems durable. Great in snow and heats up super quick - my wife loves that!


Worst Features

Squeaky dash. Source better interior light bulbs.


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