I bought my '97 850GLT sedan new, and
have put on 98,000 miles in 5 yrs. The
worst problems so far have been related
to the on board computer. You need a
Volvo dealer to diagnose any problems
when the "check engine" lamp goes on
because most local mechanics won't
spend the money on the diagnostic
equipment needed. Idiot lights aside,
I have seen way fewer problems with
this car than some other more expensive
sedans out there. Plus I've seen a
lots of real old Volvos still on the
road. There is a entire subculture
involved in restoring and modifying
Volvo's...and they start with cars that
have 100K + miles because it's such a
solid car to begin with.
Solid road feel, gas mileage (22-25),
good acceleration with GLT light
pressure turbo, decent price.
Interior controls are funky. New parts
are not cheap.