1996 Volvo 850 2.3L 5-cyl. Turbo 4-speed Automatic Consumer Review - Love affair is fading
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1996 Volvo 850 - Consumer Review

1996 Volvo 850 Platinum Limited Edition Turbo 4dr Wagon

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

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Love affair is fading
By Jim Pribbeno on

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1996 Volvo 850 Platinum Limited Edition Turbo 4dr Wagon

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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?

Favorite Features

Sporty ride, blowing away Mustangs in my station wagon :>)

Suggested Improvements

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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