Used 1997 Volvo 850 Pricing

Consumer Rating

1997 Highlights

The Turbo is now known as the T-5. GLT models get a new engine that makes 22 more horsepower than last year, and peak torque at a low 1,800 rpm. Base and GLT models meet Transitional Low Emission Vehicle (TLEV) regulations this year.


  • Side-impact airbags, superb seat comfort, solid construction


  • Oddly laid-out controls, price

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Features & Specs

R Turbo 4dr WagonR Turbo 4dr SedanGLT Turbo 4dr Sedan
Transmission4-speed automatic4-speed automatic4-speed automatic
Horsepower240 hp @ 5600 rpm240 hp @ 5600 rpm190 hp @ 5200 rpm


IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

Top Consumer Reviews

Read what other owners think about the 1997 Volvo 850


Consumer Rating

Great Car
I have owned this car for 12 years and it has been fun to drive gets good gas mileage and is very fast. The seats are fantastic and the stereo is very good. I have had one incident and that is the ABS light comes on. The first time it happened was in the first year of ownership and no cost to me (dealer cost $1000). It occurred again this year and I found a guy on the internet who fixed it for $50. I love this car. Find a good Volvo mechanic and save yourself a lot of money
Great drive; nightmare A/C
Got a great deal on this used car -- below Blue Book -- and it has definitely been worth the money. Has always driven great for me; very comfortable (long as you're sitting in the front seat); great power. But I have spent far too much in recent years on what apparently is an unfixable freon leak; a black car w/o AC is unendurable in Florida summers, & the problem is getting worse. Other problems piling up now: elusive, stubborn oil leak has also cost money for several years, hinge on front passenger door broke; cupholder broke, sunroof broke; outside trim coming off; electrical short stops dash lights/turning signal from working. Odometer broke last year at 123K; time to trade this one in.
Problems big & small
This is overall a great car in that it has lots of room. It is quite comfortable & the heating & AC work quickly & very well. I have had several small problems such as the heated seat & rear washer motor. But I took it in for an oil leak & it turned out to be a rear main seal. That was disappionting enough, but it turns out the differential part of the auto trans is failing & it now needs major transmission work. The car has only 64,000 miles on it so I am wondering if I have a lemon. I would expect any car but in particular a Volvo that is supposed to be reliable not to have this kind of issues with this many miles.
Used 1997 Volvo 850 Overview

The Used 1997 Volvo 850 is offered in the following submodels: R, Sedan, Wagon. Available styles include R Turbo 4dr Wagon, R Turbo 4dr Sedan, GLT Turbo 4dr Sedan, T5 Turbo 4dr Wagon, T5 Turbo 4dr Sedan, GLT Turbo 4dr Wagon, 4dr Sedan, and 4dr Wagon. Pre-owned Volvo 850 models are available with a 2.3 L-liter gas engine or a 2.4 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 240 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 1997 Volvo 850 comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 4-speed automatic.

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