1996 Volvo 850 Consumer Review: Need a Second Job Just to Keep

1996 Volvo 850 - Consumer Review

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116 Total Reviews

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

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Need a Second Job Just to Keep Going
By Joe-Unhappy Owner on


1996 Volvo 850 4dr Sedan


As with others, I have foudn this car a
disappointment. It works very well,
but I need to work two jobs to keep it
in good working order. Also, quality
of dealer servicing is variant. I had
a dealer mess up a belt replacement,
which caused engine failure on highway,
destroying original engine. I have
spent approx. $13K servicing this car
since buying it new. I am looking for
a new Japanese compact...

Best Features

Very nice ride and engine; sleek, minimalist interior; excellent handling.

Worst Features

Make more reliable. Small things that go wrong really add up (gas door lock stuck; dash lights misfunction; third brake light intermittently works.
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