Love affair is fading
By Jim Pribbeno on
Vehicle1996 Volvo 850 Platinum Limited Edition Turbo 4dr Wagon
Review96 850 turbo is fun to drive with its
sporty suspension, 16 low profile
tires, & 222 HP performance.
Unfortunately its also the most
expensive Volvo weve owned (4 others)
in terms of upkeep. Compared to our
other Volvo, a 92 960 wagon, the 850 is
a cash cow!!! Ive put on new tires
every 23k miles. Ive replaced the
transmission (dealer only repair,
$2400) at 90k miles, why? A new air
mass sensor unit ($250). Ive refilled
a/c several times because the
evaporator leaks & costs over $1000 to
replace. The TRAC & ABS lights are
always on & the braking system
occasionally freaks out requiring a new
computer module costing over $300. Why?
Best FeaturesSporty ride, blowing away Mustangs in my station wagon :>)
Worst FeaturesVolvo needs to sincerely look a reliability issues and admit they have problems with certain elements in the 850's design. There is a reason why people buy Japaneese cars.
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