1997 Volvo 850 Consumer Review: An exasperating, expensive ple
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1997 Volvo 850 - Consumer Review

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GLT Sedan (2.4L 5-cyl. Turbo 4-speed Automatic)

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An exasperating, expensive pleasure
By Princeton on

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1997 Volvo 850 GLT Turbo 4dr Sedan

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The car drives very well--good turning radius, acceleration, engine response at high and low speeds, and great feeling of safety. It's also styled very well. However, in 7.5 years of my ownership, this car hardly ever has periods where nothing's wrong with it-- e.g. undiagnosed, unresolved excess oil consumption, flat tires due to the wrong type put on them by Volvo,2 exhausts replaced, a new turbocharger, plus a dozen other dumb little things, like an unopenable gas-tank door (!),several remote key entry replacements and broken cheapo cupholders. The extended warranty has paid for itself many times over.

Best Features

Handling, turning radius, engine response.

Worst Features

Fix the oil consumption--maybe ditch the turbocharger altogether. Improve interior materials.
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