96 850 turbo is fun to drive with itís
sporty suspension, 16Ē low profile
tires, & 222 HP performance.
Unfortunately itís also the most
expensive Volvo weíve owned (4 others)
in terms of upkeep. Compared to our
other Volvo, a 92 960 wagon, the 850 is
a cash cow!!! Iíve put on new tires
every 23k miles. Iíve replaced the
transmission (dealer only repair,
$2400) at 90k miles, why? A new air
mass sensor unit ($250). Iíve 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.
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