1997 Volvo 850 Consumer Review: Pretty good, not great

1997 Volvo 850 - Consumer Review

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GLT Sedan (2.4L 5-cyl. Turbo 4-speed Automatic)

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Reliability Value
Pretty good, not great
By katiek on


1997 Volvo 850 GLT Turbo 4dr Sedan


The really annoying thing about this
car is the AC. I live in Florida, and
I'm convinced that Swedes don't know
jack about AC. AC first broke only
2000 miles out of warranty for $2500
("condenser") and now again with same
three years later. (According to
repair guy, the design is such that
the entire engine has to be removed to
get at the AC unit. What a dopey
design!) I plan on getting rid of it
because I'm not willing to sink over 2
grand into a 6 1/2 year old car with
125K miles. Also, I agree about
flimsy cup holders, and none in back
seat. Acceleration and handling are
excellent tho!

Best Features

Acceleration, handling, sound system, huge trunk, protection (came through front end collision pretty mangled but my husband was unscathed)

Worst Features

A/C!! Cup holders. Boxy style. (They did that already.)
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