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The Best Volvo
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By baristablaine
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1997 Volvo 850 GLT Turbo 4dr Sedan


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This Volvo 850 has been the best car I have ever owned. I currently Have 315,000 miles on it.


Best Features

Fun to Drive, Pleanty of Power for me. ok fuel economy. You can actualy Fit 3 car seats in the Back!!!!


Worst Features

Everything is great as long as you can get used to the location of all the buttons.


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Still purrs like a kitten @ 208,500 miles!
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By volvoinme
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1997 Volvo 850 GLT Turbo 4dr Sedan


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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!


Best Features

I think the whole car is my favorite feature! It still looks great, gives a nice ride and everything works! Way to go volvo!!


Worst Features

The only issue I have had with the car is the dashboard seems to be loose and rattles alot over bumps, but considering that the car is 14 years old, I think I can live with it!


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Beware of hidden problems
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By Volvobum
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1997 Volvo 850 GLT Turbo 4dr Sedan


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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.


Best Features

Love turbo power for getting on freeway onramp.


Worst Features

Better intrior leather quality.


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Nearly 12 yrs old, and still pretty nice
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By Matt
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1997 Volvo 850 GLT Turbo 4dr Sedan


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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!


Best Features

Spacious trunk & decent size back seat are nice. Turbo is fun. Comfortable seats. Some plastic has chipped or cracked, but leather interior holding up well. Note: don't know about the first owner, but I have no kids and 99% of my driving is by myself. Stereo is pretty good, especially speakers.


Worst Features

Road feel seems good, but cornering could be much better. Suspension doesn't damp bumps as well as it could. Some sticky drinks eventually dripped into front seat window controls (right beneath cup holders!). They no longer work well and I don't lower front-right out of fear of up switch failure!


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Love It but Hate Repair Costs
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By raleighvolvo
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1997 Volvo 850 GLT Turbo 4dr Sedan


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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.


Best Features

A pleasure to drive on trips. Many safety features. Good gas mileage.


Worst Features

Improve quality: A/C, struts, cooling system, cup holders, even sun visor, radio all broke during ownership. The 850 GLT is no 240 DL believe me! I have owned both and Volvo quality has slipped.


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