1995 Volvo 850 T5 2.3 turbo


Epic, power, stability, grace, understated


Gearbox at 125000 km; common on these models. Replaced with 850R LSD and TCU; no problems since.

Window regulator on the right hand driver's door.

Window center control unit.

Full suspension overall from front to rear; replaced all components.

Replaced radiator at 240000km

Replaced the radiator cooling fan 125000km and 250000km.

Common replacement coolant pipes due to the performance power of the engine; replaced every 12 months.

CV repaired or replaced every 24 months due to monster torque this motor produces.

Changed all mechanical parts on the motor to current upgraded parts from the manufacturer.

Replaced the motor with a new motor, not exchange unit, brand new from Sweden at 340000km due to thermostat locking up and blowing head and damaging cylinder 3.

Replaced turbocharger twice; common fault due to under cooling. Remedied with a charge cooler with stand alone coolant pump and separate oil cooler.

Seat worn on right hand side and that's it.

Bumpers have issues, namely fading of grey top, but easily remedied.

ABS sensors replaced every 36 months.

Fuel cell replaced due to road damage.

Seat belts needed to be replaced to due to age and wear.

V70R uprated discs front and rear eat pads, so replacements every 12 months can be costly, but worth it.

General Comments:

I have had the car since new; I will never sell or trade it. I drive my quick brick everyday, and every time I get out of her, I smile and say best car I have ever owned.

I know my list of faults is long, but to say the least, I own a 6,3l A** from you know who, what I can say is my Volvo has never given as much problems as I have with this car, and the best is when you rock up to collect with a 16 year old car at the dealership, people can't believe you are driving it and I start smiling.

In closing, keep to your service schedule, and you will have one of the best cars ever built.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st August, 2011

1996 Volvo 850 T-5 2.4 turbo


Excellent package


Radiator leaked (had to purchase new one) R2500-00 (+- £210-00).

General Comments:

Very nice vehicle.

Prefer the 850R styling.

Upgrading chip, R6000-00 (+- £530-00), boosts the power to 225Kw.Standard power is not bad however.

Would not trade this vehicle for anything except another 850.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th May, 2003

1995 Volvo 850 GLT Wagon 2.5 petrol


A disgraceful scuttle-bucket!


ABS lamp comes on intermittently, dealer charges me for a half hour's labour to read out the fault codes (took 3 minutes), and proudly tells me that the ABS control unit is shot, and that it's a common problem with these cars. For R4000 (about $400) I can buy the unit and fit it myself.

SRS (Airbag) warning lamp comes on intermittently, haven't had it diagnosed yet.

Drivers door brake broke (another known problem with these quality cars).

The ventilation fan has an imbalance, and whines to the point that you cannot use it.

The leather on the steering wheel and seats has worn badly - Volvo should buy their leather from BMW!

Thermostat failed, coolant bottle cracked.

Tailgate inner trim panel broke loose.

Can't remember the other stuff - my therapist says its better to forget...

General Comments:

This car is a lump of crud - it is under-powered, handles like a fat chick on roller skates, and is no better quality than a Dacia. The only tool one should use when working on this car is a blow-torch!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th November, 2002

6th Jun 2004, 07:23

Upon reading this review I find that reviewer is not able to fairly appraise his vehicle - perhaps he got a lemon, or perhaps he is not being realistic about a car that has almost a quarter of a million kilometres on the Clock.

I can cite many, many positive stories regarding the 850 lasting very well with proper care and maintenance.