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The Best Volvo
By baristablaine on 06/12/13 11:13 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Volvo 850 GLT Turbo 4dr Sedan

Review

This Volvo 850 has been the best car I have ever owned. I currently Have 315,000 miles on it.
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Good Used Car Value
By robkn on 10/12/11 05:31 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Volvo 850 4dr Sedan

Review

Just bought a '97 base with automatic - has 124k miles. Rides like a limo - best front seats I have ever seen. Getting 25 mpg in mixed driving. Find one that has been maintained and you can keep it forever. You may spend some repair money every year, but it is cheaper than a car payment.
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Still purrs like a kitten @ 208,500 miles!
By volvoinme on 07/23/11 14:21 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Volvo 850 GLT Turbo 4dr Sedan

Review

This is by far the best used car I have ever purchased! Considering it had 160,000 on it when I bought it. It runs great, gets decent gas mileage and has only died on me once because the fuel pump quit! (Was the original) All I have to say is volvo might be an expensive car to buy, but like the old saying goes "You get what you pay for" I will buy another volvo, as this one is not my last!
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Great drive; nightmare A/C
By Cat on 10/02/10 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Volvo 850 GLT Turbo 4dr Wagon

Review

Got a great deal on this used car -- below Blue Book -- and it has definitely been worth the money. Has always driven great for me; very comfortable (long as you're sitting in the front seat); great power. But I have spent far too much in recent years on what apparently is an unfixable freon leak; a black car w/o AC is unendurable in Florida summers, & the problem is getting worse. Other problems piling up now: elusive, stubborn oil leak has also cost money for several years, hinge on front passenger door broke; cupholder broke, sunroof broke; outside trim coming off; electrical short stops dash lights/turning signal from working. Odometer broke last year at 123K; time to trade this one in.
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Best Value
By george on 08/02/10 00:31 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Volvo 850 T5 Turbo 4dr Sedan

Review

I bought it last year (second owner), and couldn't be happier. Very solid, powerful, reliable, and smooth. Very fun to drive. I feel very safe in it, and therefore feel comfortable with my kids driving it. I've had to replace the alternator, that's all, but I have 175,000 miles on it, so what do you expect? Despite the mileage, it still runs very smooth, I imagine as smooth as when it was new. I love driving this car! I would definitely consider another Volvo on my next purchase. The only other fix was the gas cap cover, it no longer locks, but it's very minor and have yet to fix it.
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Great Car
By nuffsaid1 on 08/08/09 11:47 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Volvo 850 T5 Turbo 4dr Wagon

Review

I have owned this car for 12 years and it has been fun to drive gets good gas mileage and is very fast. The seats are fantastic and the stereo is very good. I have had one incident and that is the ABS light comes on. The first time it happened was in the first year of ownership and no cost to me (dealer cost $1000). It occurred again this year and I found a guy on the internet who fixed it for $50. I love this car. Find a good Volvo mechanic and save yourself a lot of money
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proud to own
By hadabetterfind on 06/16/09 13:43 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Volvo 850 T5 Turbo 4dr Sedan

Review

My 1997 850 T5 has been a reliable and fun drive, providing good power and handling. Heading past 200K miles, it has had no extreme engine problems and has performed beyond my expectations. The 5 cylinder provides adequate power and a reliable 25 mpg, glad I found it.
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Beware of hidden problems
By Volvobum on 01/25/09 11:22 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Volvo 850 GLT Turbo 4dr Sedan

Review

Bought a Volvo that looked clean in terms of cosmetics - body, seats, etc but let the dealer talk me out of getting an independent inspection. Bad mistake. Heater core was later found to be leaking inside the car, radiator had small leak and after a few miles water hose to cool turbo split open. $1,200 later I learned my lesson. Labor is expensive on these cars and parts are too. Pay the $75 bucks for an inspection and be prepared to walk away from your dream car.
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Nearly 12 yrs old, and still pretty nice
By Matt on 08/29/08 23:07 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Volvo 850 GLT Turbo 4dr Sedan

Review

Nice car for casual driving. Turbo gives some oomph, but responds better to steady application of throttle than stomping on pedal. Decent torque at low RPM makes it adept at city driving - even in hills. Nice leather interior, except for odd control layout. Has held up well, over time. No major problems with rattles, except sometimes from sunroof. Handling is not great. In spite of repair shop insisting suspension components were in good shape, I found cornering far worse than newer, sporty European sedans (including newer Volvos). Interestingly, car isn't as heavy as you'd think. Bought in 2000 w/ 50k miles. Now, at 185k, still surprisingly nice. But then I stayed up-to-date on service!
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Love It but Hate Repair Costs
By raleighvolvo on 07/11/07 13:25 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Volvo 850 GLT Turbo 4dr Sedan

Review

Bought this car new. This is the car of choice to drive for all members of my family. It is great on long trips and carries a ton of luggage. Good fuel economy. Comfortable and safe. I would love another just like it but with fewer expensive repair bills. The standard bill is around $700 and have had a couple of $1200 ones. The A/C bit me for $1200. Struts are a weakpoint in this car. Cooling system was a source of a lot of repairs. Still, even with 153k+ miles on it, I hate to give it up. Have to pick it up at repair shop with $1200 of brakes, struts, timing belt, etc, for this year's (I hope) maint.
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