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