1995 Volvo 850 T5 2.3 turbocharged
Strong, very strong... and so comfortable for any use
Gearbox is dying, reverse noisily slips.
Front side, back reverse left and two spoiler lamps failed.
Trip odometer failed.
ABS system failed.
Well, I've begun driving several months ago (LoL that's legally..). But I have a long-term relationship with this lovely T5.
This car is one of the cars I love most. It really is great, it is equipped with featured rarely do you find in cars in its category those years, mid-90s (Also remember that the Volvo 850 was the first car in the history to be equipped with SIPS - side airbag protection system). It perfectly fits for family use, even when several people drive it regularly, maybe the most practical is the 3-memory-slots adjustable driver's seat, and the adjustable steering wheel.
This car is really crazy on kick-downs, so far I've never been beaten up by any of my friends. It really performs great with the T5 engine (226hp, 285Nm). This thing has no problem going 180km/h and still accelerating.
Handling is great, really great. It is so comfortable to drive, and the wide interior makes it even better for family use.
Things I hate about it are only the fuel consumption and the gearbox. Its gearbox is dying, as the mechanic said. Replacing the gearbox would roughly cost $1000, even though it was repaired twice.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th January, 2006