1997 Volvo 850 Consumer Review: The Honeymoon is Over

1997 Volvo 850 - Consumer Review

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

Build Quality
Reliability Value
The Honeymoon is Over
By Mike M. on


1997 Volvo 850 4dr Sedan


Performance is good. Problems: You
need the AC most of the year. The
trunk is too small, poor interior
storage, lane changes are very
hazardous (HUGE 'B'pillar). Biggest
problem -- repairs. You need an
extended warranty. Already had about
thirty repairs. Many trouble areas --
toy-like plastic parts, air
conditioning , exterior trim, ABS,
brake rotors, tappets, spark plug wires
short-out after mild water spray under
the hood, rear gas shocks, engine
mounts, and others. Good early
reliability, but this car is aging very

Best Features

Power, manual transmission, fuel mileage, roomy and comfortable cabin, excellent brakes, firm suspension, safety.

Worst Features

Change the shape of the 'B' pillars. Enlarge trunk. Move the center-mounted window switches, refine or eliminate the 'auto down' driver's feature, drastically improve long-term quality.
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