I love this car. Never thought I would even own a Volvo, let alone say I loved one. Keep them maintained and they will keep on going! Do a few modifications and these will not only get better gas mileage (30+ if you can keep your foot out of the turbo) but also blow the doors off of most cars out there.
Reliable, low key, wickedly fast when you want it to be!
As to the reviewer who wanted more horsepower, the right shop can fix that! Improvements I can't fix: the cup holder being directly over the window switches, but I shouldn't be drinking anything in a car with pwr heated leather and suede seats anyway.
Fastest/safest most reliable car i've ever owned,, at 156,000 it still "cruises" at 135 mph.. Ac dumped at 150,00 pirelli p zero' 17" hold the road like a custom glove.. If the abs/trac lights goes on/off it's the ignition key switch.. See one,, buy it !!! 25Mpg even at demon speed..Oh ,.. And the cd stereo ,,sounds like heaven and this is an 850 turbo "r" with the spoiler on the trunk and spoiler under front bumper
Heated suede/leather seats stereo....Fold down rear seats..Bring home an 8' ladder...Window controls at right hand
Have enjoyed everything about R! Great
acceleration, handling good for sedan.
Been smacked 3 times by poor
drivers....great protection, never close
to injury! Safety plus. Seats are
best...cannot stand other luxury
seats..especially for long trip,
replaced radio x'x 3 (all on warranty.)
A/C fine for 6 years, then leak in
heater coil. Ride harsher than GLT
sedan, but wouldn't trade ddue to other
features. Love it at 207K miles....hate
the "soft" 17 inch wheels, bend...but
saved life once so....! Cannot find a
replacement with all features I like
...keep it til 300K or 400K.
Acceleration great, seats absolutely
wonderful, can drive for 100's without
complaint. A/C good in hot gulf, Feel
protected by great safety features. Have
liked cruise control...very accurate and
adjustable. Fun to drive..comfotable.
Wheels, wheels wheels. Front spoiler
"guards" to avoid high curbs. Better cup
holders and window controls on door.
Bought 96'850R volvo in 99'.I was 16
when I got and for the first few months
it was great.After that I wished I had
bought a bicycle instead,would have
saved about 15000.Had to replace both
back brake rotors.Battery went dead
about twice a week.Alternator broke
twice.Tracs and abs light is always on
and dealership doesnt know a damn thing
about fixing it.A/C is the worst thing
ever.Leaks out once a month.
Stereo sounds good.Very fast with ipd
upgrade.Seats are nice.Handles ok but
is a lil top heavy.