Volvo 850 Reviews from Norway

1996 Volvo 850 Wagon 2.5L 144hp

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.5L 144hp Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired251000 kilometres
Most recent distance261000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 460

Summary:

A robust swede that will never let you down

Faults:

ABS-module - Typical problem of cracked solder joints.

Door hinge driver's side - Typical Volvo problem.

Instrument panel - just went dead when jumpstarting the car after a long period of not being used.

Parts of the dashboard on the passenger side have started to warp.

General Comments:

It's very rust resilient. After many winters with salted roads, I can barely find any rust on the undercarriage.

Great seats and driving comfort. Lots of space.

If you are not willing to spend your hard earned money on the dealership, there are a lot of information on repairs online. It is relatively easy to work on.

It's a heavy car, therefore not the best fuel economy.

Conclusion: It's a great car. You can't go wrong buying it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th May, 2011

1996 Volvo 850

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired143000 kilometres
Most recent distance277506 kilometres

Summary:

A great car in every way, but a bit slow

Faults:

Exhaust pipe, suspension, nothing serious.

General Comments:

Excellent car that still runs like a clock in spite of the high mileage. In the winter it's a monster. The car stands outdoors all through the year, and since I live in rural Norway, the weather conditions can be extreme. The car never fails.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th June, 2006

29th Jan 2008, 08:25

It's the same in Switzerland. Cold and nasty wetter conditions. My Volvo 850 never faild. It is expensive to keep it up (regular services), but it's worth. Now I've got 340'000 kilometers and all still working fine (I do about 40000 a year).

Average review marks: 9.3 / 10, based on 2 reviews