If you can find a manual turbo in good shape, grab it!
In the year that I've owned this car, I've had to do some common repairs. For example:
Flame/oil trap PCV system; $300.
Clutch (original lasted 250,000km); $1000.
Front right control arm; $50.
Before I got it, I can see that the previous owner had completed all the recommended servicing right up to 240,000km, so it feels and runs great.
The recall was done on the fuel tank, and had to replace a window guide. Also the type of glue and plastic they used in the interior has deteriorated; there's a bit of wear. Beside the A/C needing a recharge, everything else works as it should.
I didn't mind putting some money into this car, because it's fun to drive and feels great on the highway. It came to me with full service records, showing that it's received lots of love from its previous owner, so I want to keep this one going.
I've sat in a few other 850 base model automatics, and wasn't really blown away with them, but this particular model is 90% of the 850R, and it's just awesome to be surrounded in comfortable leather and a premium sound system.
When that awesome turbo winds up and you're in 2nd or 3rd gear, watch out! All my friends are stunned at the pick up this luxury ride has.
Considering that you can buy one of these cars for $2000, it's easy to spend more than that on basic maintenance costs, so only consider getting one if you are handy and have a mechanic that knows them.
I get 11.7L/100km or 20mpg (US), and so in Vancouver, BC it costs me about $90 to fill up, and that gets me 500km or so.
Parts are best bought online, or sometimes the parts dept. at the local dealership knocks down the price for me when I show him what's available online.
My brother happens to own a 1993 240, and my parents have had a 1988 740, and now a 2005 S60, so I feel I've really gotten to know Volvo.
This is my first time writing a review. I hope to help out any Volvo fans out there if I can. Cheers.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th December, 2011