Just purchased my new wagon to replace
my 245 Turbo with 186000. Nice car,
love the luxury. Wish every window had
controls. I researched the vehicle
before I purchased and knew that the
evaporator and the rear engine seal had
already been replaced. Gas leaking from
the bushings near the heat shield but
volvo will replace as a safety recall.
It's got 81000 miles and I purchased it
for $5900 including tax. I'm happy.
The broker didn't know what he had!
Leather seats, moonroof, coffee holder.
Jumping from 1985 to 1997 causes me to
appreciate this automobile like no
Volvo should replace the evaporator and
the rear engine seal -- they all go
bad. Put controls on all the windows
that can be locked from the front (like
There are cars that are faster, more
luxurious, and more reliable. But
considering everything you get, the
Volvo 850 GLT is one of the best cars
you can buy. The turbo makes this
dependably fast enough to merge and
avoid. The steering is crisp, ABS
brakes powerful & effective. The
interior appointments are superb. And
with careful maintenance you avoid the
big repair bills. Watch out for
potholes (alignment) and check brake
For the price you are not going to get
the leather seating, instumentation,
power seating, dual climate control,
interior lighting, moonroof, etc.
This is truly value.
Biggest problem: the B pillar. Major
blind spot. You have to turn around
to check before changing lanes. Also,
window controls in ctr. console take
getting used to.
I bought a '97 Volvo from the biggest
dealership in Washington DC. That car
was absolute garbage. It was in the
shop literally every other month. It
was a "certified used car," (which
means nothing as you will come to find
out). It was trash. Stay away from
So far I've had to replace only the
alternator (knock wood). Yes, they
are expensive to repair. Several
other mods have been made by choice.
Sport Springs and 17' low profile
tires have transformed this wgn into a
sportscar in the twisties, I can only
dream of the performance post upgraded
anti-sway bars. K&N filter made
moderate difference @ high rpm.
handling, brakes, seats (not leather),
convinience of the wgn
Bought car 25,000 miles ago. I've only had to replace a control arm in the
front end. Car runs well, with oil changes every 3,000 miles (at 3,000 on the
oil change, engine seems to make a ticking noise which disappears with an
oil change.) When I purchased it, it had some interior lights out. Also, radio
volume is not working properly - turn down the volume, sometimes it turns all
the way down with just a touch of the dial; turn it up, sometimes it maxes
the volume with just a touch of the dial. Only other negative - the shift lock
button clicks when I step on the brake to shift out of neutral. It's actually
"fun" to drive for a wagon.
Comfortable seats, good pickup for a big car without turbo, airbags, and
general safety with the Volvo product.
Slightly sluggish in the corners (but again, it's a wagon!), burned out light
bulbs in the interior, costly preventive maintenance, radio problem.