1996 Volvo 850 Consumer Review: Expensive to Own, Expensive to

1996 Volvo 850 - Consumer Review

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114 Total Reviews

Base Sedan (2.4L 5-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Expensive to Own, Expensive to Repair
By brokebyvolvo on


1996 Volvo 850 4dr Sedan


Has only 62000 miles, but AC cost $2200
to fix, including $1500 to replace an
evaporator buried in the dashboard,&
the ENTIRE dash must be removed to get
to this part. Plus ABS sensor $600;
new rotors, $1000; starter relay $200
motor mounts $350; rear stabilizer bar
$500; power antenna $450. Add in $750
every 10,000 miles for required
maintenance, & your insurance plus
car payments are zilch compared to the
special payments you have to make to a
bank account dedicated solely to the
1996 Volvo 850 Repair Fund.

Best Features

Tight turning radius, good power, responsive steering, and excellent braking.

Worst Features

Stop burying parts inside dashboards and improve the reliability of all those expensive parts.
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