1996 Volvo 850 Consumer Review: Great car but expensive repair

1996 Volvo 850 - Consumer Review

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

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Great car but expensive repairs
By Geoff83 on


1996 Volvo 850 4dr Wagon


We bought our Volvo in 1997 with
20,000 miles, now its 2004 with
145,000 miles. In that time there
have been no major problems. There
have been some minor things that have
had to be replaced, i.e. cup holders,
lamps, reverse lights, sensors. But
for a car with this many miles the
problems aren't that bad, in fact
almost all occurred with less than
50,000 miles and havn't had to be
fixed again. My one big problem with
the car is the price of repairs. Parts
are expensive and the Volvo dealer
prices are extremely high. Got in an
accident and they appraised for $600
but instead went to local mechanic and
payed $50 for a new grill and that was
it. But safety

Best Features

Favorite features are pretty good gas milage, comfy and supportive seats for long distance driving, and of course the reliablity of driving the car for 145,000 miles and no major problems. In fact coming back from tune-ups the car drives new.

Worst Features

The outside appearance is a little boxy could be a little more appealing, improve design and durability of cup holders, its minor but its annoying, the door latches are ackward, have to help people open the door who havn't been in it before. Only minor suggestions for minor problems.
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