Volvo 850 Reviews from Malaysia

1996 Volvo 850 GLE 2.5 20V

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.5 20V Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired97000 kilometres
Most recent distance105000 kilometres
Previous carHonda CR-V

Summary:

Tough body, sensitive engine room

Faults:

SO MANY THINGS. But... it's 14 years old already. Cannot blame Volvo.

Speedometer died so I had to change the ABS computer. When I went to Volvo they said it will cost above RM6,000! And they also told me that I should just buy a new Volvo car!! So I took the car to a nearby Volvo cars specialist, and he just charged me RM 800 to fix the problem. What was that? Cannot trust the guy I met at the Volvo office.

Other minor repairs... MANY.

General Comments:

Not a car for young people like myself... but I like this old look. Tough. Wanted a tough car since I must drive in KL area, which is a place full of crazy drivers. I just picked this car to protect myself. I am an alien living in Malaysia.

More spacious (interior) than a Mercedes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 13th August, 2009

1996 Volvo 850 T5 - Station Wagon 2.5 litre petrol

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.5 litre petrol Automatic
Distance when acquired240000 kilometres
Most recent distance242000 kilometres
Previous carProton Wira

Summary:

A Fantabulously Fantastic Vehicle for Family or Play

Faults:

Volvo may have been built for cold countries, but in Malaysia, you can easily see a few things not-so-right lah.

1) The rubber lining at the edge of the doors have effectively worn-out at the driver's door - Salesman agreed to replace.

2) Rear wiper blade worn and torn - Salesman agreed to replace.

3) Electronic Display bulb was burnt - Salesman agreed to replace.

4) Glove-Box cracked at the joint - Salesman refused to replace.

5) Driver's Armrest cracked at the joint - Salesman refused to replace.

6) Noisy Shock Absorbers - especially when negotiating corners at very low speed, like in the basement parking areas - Salesman asked for 50-50 cost payment.

7) Gearbox Oil - Need to change as records of manuals are not available (Hey, what do you expect, it IS a 10-year old car! Besides, many Malaysians aren't known to be petty about keeping records of repairs and services) - Salesman refused to replace.

8) Timing Belt - Need to change, same reason as above. - Salesman refused to replace.

9) Leather seat have started to crack a little. No problem, still a few years before this is unbearable. HAHAH!

10) Under the hood was a bit dirty when I got it. Spent RM50 just to get the mechanic-cleaners to really clean the engine. I was satisfied.

Most of anything else that may need replacing would see me easily going to the nearest 'Kedai Potong' (literally a Cut-Up shop where original used parts are sold, at a fraction of the original new ones)

Oh, in case you lost the manuals, fret not, you may always get a replacement manual from the car manufacturer, even after 10 years, man! Cool, huh. Now you know what you could have been missing.

General Comments:

Thus far, it has only been two weeks since I first took ownership of the car. To be frank, I wanted a car that was reliable, and I was a bit tired of getting our country's national car, the Proton maker or the Perodua maker, or even the other makers that are available in the market, associated to the country. I just wanted to change. But this does not mean I hate Proton cars, nor Perodua, nor Naza or whatever there is down the road. I just wanted a little change from the usual.

A little scheming through the ads and comparing the prices and monthly installments, and I got Volvo 850 T5 Station Wagon. OKay lah, the car is about 10 years old. But the design is still matching to the eye. And the size of the car, WHOAH... Hehehe. My parents were so happy when I brought the car to them. My mom have always asked that I get a bigger vehicle for my family - my wife, a daughter and a son. Now, everyone gets a chance to feel the car.

Performance-Wise:-

So far, I have trailed Mercedes S500 and BMW525 on the highway. Anything lesser than that, usually got the smokes of my baby. (Don't worry, clean ones- green engine) Other 4X4s have also tried to outdo the T5 but heheh, sorry lah - What were you guys thinking? Even with a full-load at the back, I was still able to swerve corners and avoid hitting cows on the road (on the way back to wife's parents' home in Kota Bharu). No kidding, dude. I remembered the Wira was not able to perform something like that.

The auto soft-turbo clock-in mechanism really works wonders. But in a heavy-traffic city like Kuala Lumpur, you may need to wait until you get to the highway to be able to floor those pedals. Wooohooo...!

Fuel-Economy-Wise:-

Well, it's not that expEnsive. But it may be expAnsive. Afterall, the tank holds 70 litres! A full tank can easily see you forking out RM100 at the cashier (and they have also started taking about more increases in petrol price -argghhhh!!!) It can't beat my Wira - that's for sure, even with the MIVEC modifications and monster-tyres and all.

Use the Electronic Display Indicators to learn to tune up your revving while on the road. Those indicators, while are general and standard features on most other Continental / European cars are considered luxury items on Malaysian-soiled cars.

Load/Space-Wise:-

Dude, you won't believe what you can put in the back seat. As the rear seat may be folded further, you have more opportunities to carry more loads (or perform more than you expect) *wink*wink* If you think the space INside the car is still insufficient, try putting them OUTside (i.e. on the roof!) with the Roof-Rack pieces. Perhh! Now you can get like a really great performance car, and be able to carry loads as well.

Be careful not to overdo it, though. Or you'll look like a 'Moving Cupboard'!

Maintenance-Wise:-

WHile some of my friends contend that the car is one of the cheapest Continental cars around, I have my reservations. Something as good as this, couldn't possible be that cheap. The Swedish manufacturer have also offered a special promotion for servicing cars in excess of 6 years old on Malaysian soil - at least they have all the expertise. Check out local newspapers for details.

BABE-Magnet-Wise:-

Married or not, how could you refuse to reply a smile offered by babes in sleek BMWs and Merces when at traffic-lights. Careful though, your wives may just retaliate. Ahaks.

Boss-Respect-Wise:-

I hope I am not exaggerating, but you can see improvements in the manner the boss treats you. They'll occasionally drop by your cubicle with the occasional "So, how's the VOLVO doing?" interlude quickies. Now, both you and him know that he didn't actually wanted an answer for that question.

Market-Price-Wise:-

I bought it for RM65K, while market traded between RM62K to RM70K. It's not the cheapest, but I am sure it's one of the best available in the market. No wonder most 850 T5 owners won't be selling, even if you're interested. Only the ones looking to upgrade would.

I really love this car. I really love this car. I really love this car. (But the minute it has to go, I will not hesitate)... :)

"Once You're a Burden, Out The Door You Go!!!"

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd February, 2005

18th Nov 2005, 01:18

I would agree that the T5 is a superb car. Mostly. I have own one for about a year now. It is a little manja where maintenance is concern. But hey you want a beaut, you pay for it. One big let down for me was when the gear box failed going into 4 months of ownership. Cost me about RM3K to get the damn thing fixed. Now traces of gearbox problems still exist esp when engaging the reverse gear.

Over all it's a love hate relationship with my Volvo. Love it for its performance and road-safe environment. Hate it for what its costing me to be able to enjoy it. Petrol wise, well what can I say. With the escalating price of petrol I do cry and bleed from time to time. Use to cost me RM85-00 for a full tank. But now its about RM110-00. Go figure...

1996 Volvo 850 GLE 2.5

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.5 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired124657 kilometres
Most recent distance129600 kilometres
Previous carProton Wira

Summary:

My first Volvo and it will not be my last

Faults:

The car overheated on the day I took it out from the dealer. Need to change the thermostat.

Overheated again after 1500km. Had the radiator flush and change the sensor.

Engine cannot start after another 800km. Faulty air/fuel sensor.

Temperature gouge show overheating, but the car runs OK. Need to change temperature sensor for the dashboard.

General Comments:

This car is a bit on the highside on maintainance.

It took me three months before the car runs smoothly without any problems.

The car handles well and the interior is really spacious.

Performance is also superb.

It also give a good mileage, but have to be careful with the pedal.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th November, 2004

Average review marks: 5.5 / 10, based on 3 reviews