1997 Volvo 850 Consumer Review: Most unreliable car we have ow

1997 Volvo 850 Wagon - Consumer Review

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Most unreliable car we have owned
By cvstan on


1997 Volvo 850 GLT Turbo 4dr Wagon


This car is a big disappointment.
Dealer had good reputation and all
signs pointed to a good ownership
experience. Wrong! Stuck on the side
of the raod twice. Alternator failed.
Transmission computer failed. Air pump
failed. Brakes squeal!!! Battery
failed without warning. AC failed at
least twice. Somehow refrigerant got
out of the AC system without there
being a leak. Right.
Dealer service is expensive etc. etc.
BMWs have been much more reliable.
Old Volvos deserve their good
reputation; this one does not.

Best Features

Seat are nice. Cargo capacity is great. Usual Volvo safety attributes.

Worst Features

Too expensive for only a five-cylinder engine. Just not reliable. Repairs are expensive. Dealer explanations of service problems are not credible.
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