1995 Volvo 850 Sedan Turbo 2.3L inline 5 turbocharged


Boxy but good ;)


ABS computer needed replacement when I bought it.

Alternator needed replacement when I bought it.

Plugs, wires, cap and rotor right after I bought it.

Replaced knock sensors, starter and PCV system at 155k.

Replaced many vacuum lines over the course of having the car.

Both CV axles at around 160k.

Odometer gear at 164k (retrieved the actual mileage from the car's computer).

General Comments:

The car was fast. Really fast. Especially after the ECU was remapped to allow more boost. I was getting 0-60 times close to 6 seconds.

The braking and handling performance was phenomenal. The car felt very secure.

Had both front and side impact airbags. Good IIHS frontal moderate offset rating.

I'd buy it again, but a wagon. The only real issue was that parts were expensive, and every screw in the thing was some variant of a Torx bit.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th September, 2014

1995 Volvo 850 Turbo


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:

Radiator; $500.

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.

General Comments:

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

14th Dec 2011, 07:13

Good information and useful resources. IPDusa.com is the link the reviewer mentioned here. Thanks.

Love reading about this car, and it's got me more & more interested.

1995 Volvo 850 4 Door Sedan


Love my Volvo, and looking for another one


I have fixed the usual wear and tear items on my 16 year old Volvo. I leased it when it was 4 years old and bought out the lease at the end. It still has the original transmission and engine. I replaced the muffler in 2010. The odometer stopped working 3 years ago at 251,000km, so I'm thinking there is at least another 50,000km added in the past 3 years if not more.

My biggest pet peeve was with my windshield wipers, especially the driver's side. It would fly off the window to the driver's side during rain and/snow when on the highway, at which time I'd have to pull over at a convenient location to tighten the bolt down. Eventually the threads wore bare. In the end I got a new transmission for the wipers. Still have to tighten down the bolts sometimes.

The light bulbs went out and my dash is almost in darkness now because it's a big job to change them.

Other than that, I have loved my Volvo for being such a solid driving car and safe. I am looking to another one, given mine is 16 years old and the engine is getting tired.

General Comments:

In the past I have had Ford 1957 and 1959,

a Volkswagen, Oldsmobile, Buick, Chevrolet, Cadillac, Mercedes Benz and my this one, my Volvo.

Out of all of them I have loved the Benz and Volvo best. I have found my Volvo has required less work than my Cadillac and others. The kids drove the Chev and the Benz to school in the end.

The Benz had 320,000 kms on it when my daughter got hit by another car. The Benz was written off when it was 15 years old and my daughter walked away from the accident thankfully. Today she drives one with her three children.

For safety, Benz and Volvos. That's what matters to me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th April, 2011