1996 Volvo 850 Consumer Review: Sorry I bought it

1996 Volvo 850 - Consumer Review

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

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Sorry I bought it
By kbarry on


1996 Volvo 850 GLT 4dr Sedan


The 1996 850 has been a mechanical
nightmare for me. Rear Main seals,
alternator, A/C problems, blower motor,
radiator fan, cooling leaks, engine
mounts, ABS module failure, bad
antenna, leaky sunroof, peeling paint.

I bought this car due to Volvo's
legenday durability and high resale.
Today, the car isn't worth squat on
trade and needs about $2k worth of
further reapirs to return it back to

Best Features

Seats are the most comfortable of any car I've owned. I feel safe driving it (other than ABS problems).

Worst Features

Engineering nightmare, parts are expensive and the car is difficult to service. It has been less reelaible than any other car I've owned, American or Japanese.
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