know what you're buying
By austinlad04 on
Vehicle1994 Volvo 850 GLTS 4dr Wagon
Review"Sportwagon" model rides like sports
car. Return rate on shocks is hard
enough to bring excellent handling, but
also annoyance over speed bumps and
rough roads. Quick-handling PT Cruiser
like Suburban next to this. Base engine
needs expert touch; auto tranny
cooperates once you figure out the
shiftpoints. Hand dealer your Amex and
pray; longer repairs than any other
shop. Swapping shorted shiftlock chip
(in the cabin) for the tranny cost as
much as replacing the topside motor
stabilizer bushing. Power seat mechanics
susceptible to early failure. Paint on
leather wears quickly in sun. Scheduled
service expensive due to labor charge.
Best FeaturesSporty handling. Also a surprisingly good-sounding stereo, though adding an in-dash CD unit on 1994 model requires surgery (don't know why). Volvo CD changer for pre-wire system $600. Hard-to-find wiring harness for compatible Alpine 6-disc.
Worst FeaturesNew models ride softer. Most new ones have in-dash CD, but changer still a pricy extra. Package prices on scheduled services would help to avoid excessive labor charges. AC is too weak for Southwest. High cost of parts...when they eventually break.
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