My 850GLT is the 6th car I have owned, and by far the best. I've been driving it for 13 years, and it has never let me down. The body is impeccable, having no rust whatsoever. Find a good Volvo mechanic who doesn't over charge for repairs, and you've got it made with this car. No unusual repairs required, only routine maintenance, with a new timing belt being a bit pricey. Overall, cheap to run.
i bought the car super cheap and put a chunk of money in it immediately to be assured that it was good for the long haul.
Water pump and timing belt were done along with a host of things that 19 years and 138,000 miles could cause.
So far, 2 months and 3,000 miles later, it is still humming along and a great city/ touring car.
i hope to update the report in a year with more of the same.
My first car was a 1993 850 GLT with the 5 speed. When my dad woke me up to surprise me with my car for my 18th birthday I was shocked to see this bright red sporty looking Volvo in the driveway. Not knowing much about cars I was just happy with the way it looked and not worried about how fast it went. When I noticed the 5speed I knew it would be awhile before I could even drive the car. Well it took a few trips with my dad around a big partking lot for me to get the feel for the car but I caught on quickly. This car is not as fast as the Turbo models but with the 5speed it feels fast enough. I would recomend this car to all new drivers.
Bought this from a friend for $1500 as a second car with 162,000 miles on it. It's lasted through 4 other vehicles in the 3 1/2 years I've owned it!! Never throught I would have the car this long, but she is still going with no signs of quit at 200k. Because of this Volvo, my wife and I just purchased another, and they're probably all we will buy from now on. VOLVO FOR LIFE!!!