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1996 Volvo 850 Sedan

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Love My Volvo
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By Huling
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1996 Volvo 850 Sedan 4dr Sedan


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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.


Favorite Features

Its weight and driving ease.


Suggested Improvements

I added a CD player in the glove - would have been nice if it came with one.


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Just a great car
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By pmulry
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1996 Volvo 850 Sedan GLT 4dr Sedan


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We bought our 850 used a little over a year ago and it's been a gem. From these reviews, it looks like you either get a dog or a jewel, so we were lucky. We bought it with just over 100k on the odometer and have put about 15k on it in a year. From the way that it drives, you would never suspect that it has that many miles on it, it drives just like a new car. In our year of ownership, we've averaged just over 20mpg and the only cost we've had (other than oil changes) was for an A/C repair early last summer for about $300. I highly recommend this car.


Favorite Features

Sport transmission setting.


Suggested Improvements

More substantial cupholders, better position for central locking switch.


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Love/Hate relationship
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By Cheapflyfishing sob
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1996 Volvo 850 Sedan GLT 4dr Sedan


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This car drives me crazy. On one hand, it is a very nice car and holding up very well. On the other hand, as a former Honda owner, it is frustrating. Lots of problems with dashboard - major squeek in radio area and the glovebox had to be replaced because they couldn't stop the door from squeaking. Many similar problems as other people such as A/C, calipers, O2 sensor. The dashboard remains creaky-cheap plastic. But the amazing thing is that the creaks have not changed since the first year I had the car.


Favorite Features

Space, seats. I love the solid feel of the doors shutting. The engine is not as refined as others, but very durable and she likes to run! I like the winter mode feature. It is great in the snow.


Suggested Improvements

Better components such as the A/C. Need to improve the quality of the plastic.


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Extremely Reliable
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By TG894
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1996 Volvo 850 Sedan GLT 4dr Sedan


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I have owned 5 volvos and everyone of them have been great cars


Favorite Features

sport transmission


Suggested Improvements

more cupholders


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Need a Second Job Just to Keep Going
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By Joe-Unhappy Owner
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1996 Volvo 850 Sedan 4dr Sedan


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As with others, I have foudn this car a disappointment. It works very well, but I need to work two jobs to keep it in good working order. Also, quality of dealer servicing is variant. I had a dealer mess up a belt replacement, which caused engine failure on highway, destroying original engine. I have spent approx. $13K servicing this car since buying it new. I am looking for a new Japanese compact...


Favorite Features

Very nice ride and engine; sleek, minimalist interior; excellent handling.


Suggested Improvements

Make more reliable. Small things that go wrong really add up (gas door lock stuck; dash lights misfunction; third brake light intermittently works.


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