I've driven Volvos since I was able to drive (I'm 52 now). Started out with a '67 164 (sucked), '74 144 (awesome), '73 1800 ES (need I say more if you're a Volvo fan; a classic I didn't even know I had at 21), '79 244DL (the Tank, but got to be ugly as f*** as it was a family car forever, then passed to the youngest kid in the fam, me., it was brown, knowing what ...the California sun does to brown).; then a '80 242dl 2dr, again, hung on to me forever, then a used, body-damaged '82 244 GL wagon; my savior after being laid off and having to sell my BMW. Things got better and then I bought the '95 850 GLT. GOTTA SAY NOW...given my history of owning/driving Volvos, that this is my most favorite "buddy"; bought it from private party at 95K mi, (upon purchase, discovered it has a WA State Rebuilt title, never disclosed by the (foreign) seller..in Auburn, WA, yeah, those guys), paid it anyways and it has been the best Volvo I ever owned! And now, 03/01/2018, I've replaced the pcv system (recommended to avoid engine seal blow out), timing belt, (70K mi. of course), and all those front end knocks and pings which we can avoid with bushings/seals replacement stuff (not cheap). This baby won't quit. It's my buddy...I'm gonna need it to discover my new life traveling across the country. Overall....the last of the Swedish made Volvos...the best, safest and most reliable vehicles we can buy. Buy this thing, but check with me before you spend.
So, I bought this car a couple of weeks ago. Its a 20 year old car I paid $1,300 for and I'm loving it. It has its small things that will need repaired but it is reliable, I feel very safe toting kids around in it, and I love being the only person in town with a cool vintage looking car. Now all I need is my NPR bumper sticker!
My Volvo 850 has been a very good first car. It is very comfy, has a really long features list for a car of its age. Love the sound of the inline 5. Has a good amount of power for the non turbo (168hp) I have had the car a little while and the only maintenance that it has needed was the rear brakes needed replacing. I've been getting above average fuel consumption, it's rated at 19 city/ 26 highway and I've been getting 26+ mixed driving. Would love to upgrade to a T-5R or a S70 T5
I bought this car for my daughter about a year ago. I bought it from a private owner who had it for about 10 years. I took it to my mechanic he told me the car was in sound condition. All it needs mechanically is a tune up and redo the front suspension. My wife has always loved Volvos, she is on her third XC90. My daughter likes the look of 1995 850 turbo. We bought it for $1900 put another $750 into it as of right now it is a fun reliable car to drive.
The turbo model really helps this car move and its low stance looks great.
When I was 16 my parents gave me $3000 and told me to get a car. Cant say I had alot of choices, and I ended up buying a bone stock 1995 red 850 sedan. This car is difficult to describe... you WILL love it for its highs; the durability, the cool-nerd styling, the suspension roomy interior and resonable value. The downs are pretty much like other european cars; expensive to maintain, reliability is iffy, but mine never left me stranded. Through the time I had it, i replaced countless hoses, the gas tank, seat belt mechanisms, electric systems, you name it. But even now with a brand new Dodge Challenger, I think about my volvo, and miss it. And thats what makes this car great.
Nice ride; yet great in corners, the body is a tank, can haul friends/ family and then some, unique styling like no other car, the lights are AMAZING (owners will get it lol)
Find a decent Volvo mechanic, your going to need him. Interior pieces pretty much disentigrate at this age. Non-turbo motor is underpowered in todays age, especially considering you'll only get 19-22 on the highway... and there will ALWAYS be some sort of warning light on your dashboard (I lived with it)