1996 Volvo 850 Consumer Review: Lovely Car, Top Secret Repair

1996 Volvo 850 - Consumer Review

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GLT Sedan (2.4L 5-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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By janow on


1996 Volvo 850 GLT 4dr Sedan


I got this car for $6500 in January 2003 with 88K miles. Its lovely car and so far has needed only $500 for new brakes (local mechanic). But the seat belt needs to be replaced for about $185, and I worry about repair. I've always bought real shop manuals for cars I own to spot BS and help me fix simple things without going to dealers who make a big deal out of everything. Volvo does everything possible to frustrate this: the real shop manuals are a set costing about $1000 rather than the usual $50 - $100.

Best Features

A couple of independent service shops say this is a plot to corner the service market for it's dealers. So also are "booby traps": for example, trouble flags that won't clear until the guy factory-specific test gear hooks up.

Worst Features

Volvo's are not worth much as used cars because of the high expected repair cost, even though they are very attractive. Volvo targets the car to risk-averse sheep who will do and spend what they are told to.
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