1997 Volvo 850 Consumer Review: Good older used car

1997 Volvo 850 - Consumer Review

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

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Good older used car
By Doug on


1997 Volvo 850 4dr Sedan


Bought used with 100,000 miles. Things to watch for that we learned; The battery had been replaced because the car had been sitting for 6 months. This cleared the OBD-II. Have the seller get the emissions!!! You have to go through a crazy "drive cycle" to get the OBD out of a "Not Ready" with emissions folks. Beware of rear transfer seal going out around 100,000 as well. Evident by oil drips or oil on bottom back of engine. $800 repair!!! Great driving car though. Bought for safety features.

Best Features

Safety features. Drives great.

Worst Features

Just be aware of disconnecting battery and subsequent problems with that. Door hinge mounts break loose (noted by a loud popping noise) and is a very expensive repair.
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