1996 Volvo 850 Consumer Review: At 140 mph . . .
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1996 Volvo 850 - Consumer Review

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Platinum Limited Edition Sedan (2.3L 5-cyl. Turbo 4-speed Automatic)

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At 140 mph . . .
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1996 Volvo 850 Platinum Limited Edition Turbo 4dr Sedan

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The Turbo can achieve that speed but it sounds and feels like it's in a hurricane. Bought new. Few problems: 2 batteries, some nuisance rattles. Smokes up mountain roads. New higher profile tires: handling and ride improved. Wt. distribution compromises handling. Steering heavy - requires firm, deliberate input; precise road sense in return but over- steer prone. Seating comfort is remarkable. Repair/routine maintenance myself so expenses minimal. Replacing pads at 45K without the need for rotors. Unused extended warty. Leather durable and wearing exceptionally well. Unless it begins to fall apart, will keep it around for another 5 to 8 yrs.

Favorite Features

Hood opens to perpendicular!! Apparent durability; power; comfort; snow and ice performance with studs; stereo; seat heaters; trunk space; color and looks. Rubber floormats and trunk liner are superb accessories.

Suggested Improvements

Cockpit layout was ill-conceived. Should have avoided low-profile tires. Needs hooks (for groceries)in trunk.
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