1997 Volvo 850 Consumer Review: Superb ride, but watch out for

1997 Volvo 850 - Consumer Review

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

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Superb ride, but watch out for repair$$
By brickmeister on


1997 Volvo 850 4dr Sedan


Recently wrecked it with 121k. Survived without a scratch, airbags never deployed. Safety is #1; integrated roll bar, side impact air bags. Performance wise, 5 cylinder can smoke any non-Volvo 6 cyl. turbo. Hard to believe they make this with a turbo. It has a supple ride, even on bad roads.I once took it thru an S curve at 50 mph, and just noticed a barely perceptible body lean. Yokahama tires are recommended! great in snow. Now the problems I had:AC evaporator went out around 100k,rear main seal leaked at 105k, Antilock breaks and traction control went out around 80k (still brakes like a car without ABS). Repairs are expensive, but the eng. and trans. flawless. I will buy another!
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