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1997 Volvo 850 R

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Volvo 850 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.3 L Inline 5-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 240 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/24 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Volvo 850

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Side-impact airbags, superb seat comfort, solid construction

  • Cons

    Oddly laid-out controls, price

  • What's New for 1997

    The Turbo is now known as the T-5. GLT models get a new engine that makes 22 more horsepower than last year, and peak torque at a low 1,800 rpm. Base and GLT models meet Transitional Low Emission Vehicle (TLEV) regulations this year.

Full 1997 Volvo 850 Review

What's New for 1997

The Turbo is now known as the T-5. GLT models get a new engine that makes 22 more horsepower than last year, and peak torque at a low 1,800 rpm. Base and GLT models meet Transitional Low Emission Vehicle (TLEV) regulations this year.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Fast car

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Vehicle: 1997 Volvo 850 R Turbo 4dr Sedan

This car is just a rreal pleasure to drive, I will keep this for a long time. Comfort, speed and reliable, My wife just loves leaving people behind off the red light. go figure.




Happiness is volvo

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Vehicle: 1997 Volvo 850 R Turbo 4dr Wagon

Ive owned 2 850 sedans and this is my first turbo wagon. It's been nothing but fun to drive.




My 850r racer

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Vehicle: 1997 Volvo 850 R Turbo 4dr Sedan

i bought this car after a long line of subaru sport sedans and was really not sure what to expect.. well i was blown away at the power and the handling... this car's performance is an unparalleled experience.. great drive




Fast and fun!

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Vehicle: 1997 Volvo 850 R Turbo 4dr Sedan

I purchased this car after looking at later year S70 AWD models. My wife actually said "that looks like you" when she saw it on the lot. It took about 10 seconds to figure out this was the right car. Unbelievable acceleration, control, comfort and class. Wouldn't consider driving anything else. It really is fun when the turbo kicks in at about 15 mph and you leave the rest of the pack behind. A completely wonderful car in all aspects. Even get about 21 mpg's. Not bad for one heck of a performance car.




Unreliable, maintenance headache

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Vehicle: 1997 Volvo 850 R Turbo 4dr Wagon

Unless you or a friend are certified Volvo mechanics - STAY AWAY from these cars. I have thoroughly enjoyed this car - but only when it was behaving properly. I have been eaten alive with repairs and excessive maintenance. For what was originally a $40,000 car, this is the biggest rip off I have ever had the displeasure of owning.




Great value when purchased used.

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Vehicle: 1997 Volvo 850 R Turbo 4dr Wagon

Love the shape of my 850R wagon. Still contemporary interior. Very spacious. Purchased for $11,000 with 85,000 miles in bad condition. Invested $1000 to change all fluids, battery, brakes and tubro seals and hoses. Running like a bueauty for a year- no problems. I also have 88 Volvo 240 with 180,000 and expect to put 300,000 miles on it :) This is not a joke - just go to a junk yard to see 240s with over 300,000 miles on them. Welcome to Volvo family :)



Talk About The 1997 850

1997 Volvo 850 Discussions See all Started By

kaborgen
kaborgen
07-09-2002
I have recently discovered a fantastic bargain on a 1997 Volvo 850 Sedan - Automatic non-Turbo with 56K miles at a local used car lot for $10K....


Mr_Shiftright
Mr_Shiftright
01-18-2002
Well, you know, it's all statistical. I have friends who have had miserable times with their 850s, stories that could make you weep....


jrosasmc
jrosasmc
01-22-2002
During the last two years of the 850's and 960's existence (1996 & 1997), how did they do in terms of overall reliability and durability? I've heard, and do know for a fact, that the 960 was more ...



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