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By nuffsaid1
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1997 Volvo 850 T5 Turbo 4dr Wagon


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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


Best Features

The seats and the turbo. Paint still looks like new..I use Zaino Bros products. If well maintained will last forever.


Worst Features

Cup-holders could be better. Ergonomics take some getting use to but you will adapt.


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Fun wagon.
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By Nick
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1997 Volvo 850 T5 Turbo 4dr Wagon


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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.


Best Features

Very quick, comfortable, versatile, safe, and great in all conditions.


Worst Features

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.


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Fast roomy wagon but lots of problems
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By dna
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1997 Volvo 850 T5 Turbo 4dr Wagon


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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.


Best Features

Power and room


Worst Features

Poorly built and prone to mechanical failure.


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Still a Great Car After 7 years & 90k mi
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By Happy Volvo Owner
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1997 Volvo 850 T5 Turbo 4dr Wagon


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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.


Best Features

Seats, Stereo, Sport Mode, and the saftey features that still out due many new American cars.


Worst Features

a compass, better cup holders upfront,and it needs cup holders for rear seat passengers.


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Would Never Buy Another Volvo
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Colton
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1997 Volvo 850 T5 Turbo 4dr Wagon


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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.


Best Features

Power of engine. Comfort of seats. Large trunk space.


Worst Features

Quality control. Greater reliability. Less expensive repairs.


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