Volvo 850 Review from Belgium

1992 Volvo 850 GLT 2.5 20v

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.5 20v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired220000 kilometres
Most recent distance286000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 850

Summary:

Affordable, reliable and trustworthy

Faults:

In fact nothing serious has ever gone wrong with the car.

Guess regular maintenance prevents big failures, (following manufacturers guidelines) though this already costs an arm and a leg.

General Comments:

This is my third 850GLT and I would never want another car.

Very high reliability, nice performance and a relatively sober fuel consumption combined with an 'evergreen' interior. What else could one want?

The VOLVO original radio/cassette is still in use and though it misses the latest high-tech developments, its quality still surprises me.

The boxy design of this first 850 gives the car a slightly aggressive look.

Second hand prices are really low and high mileage, but well kept cars are easy to find. Afraid of a high figure on the odometer? I sold my former 850GLT with 380000Km and the engine still was OK.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th July, 2001

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 1 review