We purchased our 850 Wagon off a three
year lease. It currently has 80K. The
car performs well, gets good gas
mileage is very comfortable, and has
been fairly reliable. Repairs include
rear main seal and ABS control at 50K.
Radio at 70K. Otherwise maintenance has
been routine. Has had pinging noise
which was explained as a relief valve
on turbo since purchased. Interior
plastic seems a bit cheap. Has squeaks
Comfort and overalll performance. Good
gas mileage. Great cargo capacity.
Interior finish. Plastic seems cheap
and keeps falling off.
At 118000 miles, this car is in better
condition than my 60k mile Ponitac
GTP. Very comfortable to drive. Quiet
and rattle free. Interior materials
seem to be if good quality. This
platinum edition car is LOADED. Heated
leather seats are very nice on cold
morning commutes. Not the fastest car
on the road, but she is no slouch. The
220hp turbo 5cyl keeps you in the above
average range. I love the styling of
this car and it actually gets a bit of
attention from other drivers. I like
the peace of mind knowing I am driving
what has to be the safest car on the
Take a bit to get used to the window
switches in the center console. Wish
the engine power came on a bit
quicker. BETTER CUP HOLDERS :-)
OK, First if you are going to drive a
car for 100K plus you are going to
have to put a couple of bucks in it.
As for me I purchaced a unit that was
very well cared for and is a dream to
drive. When people talk about the way
it corners, they should be reminded
it's a WAGON. For a wagon you will not
find a more sound car. Clasic lines
and more power than I ever could have
dreamed of. Buy one of these gems!!!!!
Seats are a dream and Power, Power,
Power. Platinum comes with all the
good stuff so now options needed.
Tracs helps in the snow.
96 850 turbo is fun to drive with its
sporty suspension, 16 low profile
tires, & 222 HP performance.
Unfortunately its also the most
expensive Volvo weve owned (4 others)
in terms of upkeep. Compared to our
other Volvo, a 92 960 wagon, the 850 is
a cash cow!!! Ive put on new tires
every 23k miles. Ive replaced the
transmission (dealer only repair,
$2400) at 90k miles, why? A new air
mass sensor unit ($250). Ive refilled
a/c several times because the
evaporator leaks & costs over $1000 to
replace. The TRAC & ABS lights are
always on & the braking system
occasionally freaks out requiring a new
computer module costing over $300. Why?
Sporty ride, blowing away Mustangs in
my station wagon :>)
Volvo needs to sincerely look a
reliability issues and admit they have
problems with certain elements in the
850's design. There is a reason why
people buy Japaneese cars.