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
The seats and the turbo. Paint still looks like new..I use Zaino Bros products. If well maintained will last forever.
Cup-holders could be better. Ergonomics take some getting use to but you will adapt.
I purchased the 1997 Volvo 850 T5 for a winter car and daily driver. It has done a great job for both. Very peppy and it hasn't asked for much back. Problems that I have had. 1. required a new pcv system ~ $200 2. rear hatch inner panel sags, even after new clips and repair kit ~$30. 3. left front wheel bearing went out ~$100. 4. rear license plate bracket ~$20. Otherwise this is a great car and has not given me any troubles.
Very quick, comfortable, versatile, safe, and great in all conditions.
The car likes to squeak and rattle over the horrible roads in Michigan. On decent roads it rides perfect for a ten year old car with 150,000 miles.
The Volvo wagon is unique. Lots of power
and room but lots of mechanical problems
too. It has cost $4500 in repairs to
keep it going 75,000 miles so far and
that does not include the $1200 quoted
for replacing the AC evaporator. I might
sell the car if I can't find a better
price for the AC repair.
We bought a 1997 850 T-5 wagon in Sept.
of 1996. The car looks and drives no
different now, then the day we drove it
home. It is easy and fun to drive; the
Sport mode on the transmission is
awesome. Traction Control and snow
tires make it grate in the snow. The
cup holders are too small and too
delicte. The power window controls are
unreachable when cup holders are out.
The 850 is very versitile; lots of
cargo room, seats fold down easily,
roof rails are handy. The dash is easy
to use, the stereo and dual climate
control are awesome. I will be buying
many more Volvos.
Seats, Stereo, Sport Mode, and the
saftey features that still out due many
new American cars.
a compass, better cup holders
upfront,and it needs cup holders for
rear seat passengers.
I think this is a terrific car (when it
works). I had probably $10,000 worth
of repairs when under warranty: rear
engine seals, A/C evaporator, shutter
motors for the climate control, and on
and on. Things fixed at the dealer
don't stay fixed. I have had to contact
Volvo of America to get things fixed.
One thing after another goes wrong.
Power of engine. Comfort of seats.
Large trunk space.
Quality control. Greater reliability.
Less expensive repairs.