1993 Volvo 850 Reviews

1993 Volvo 850 GLT 5 cylinder from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 5 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 miles
Most recent distance200000 miles

Summary:

Built to last

Faults:

Camshaft position sensor. Bought a new one from Ebay and installed myself in about 15 minutes. The great thing about this car is that you can diagnose engine problems yourself. The car has a built in OBD I tester under the hood. Something only Cadillac has ever done to my knowledge before owning this one.

Some electrical problems with the air conditioning. Had to remove the glove compartment and run a lot of tests, and replace some relays before finding out it was a resistor that was out. Not an easy fix.

General Comments:

Car is a tank, literally. Just keeps going and going, regardless of mileage. Excellent build quality and design. I was very surprised at how well it rode. I went from driving Cadillacs and Lincolns, to this Volvo, so I could return to college. It got great gas mileage, like 25 mpg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th March, 2011

1993 Volvo 850 GLT 5 cylinder from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
Engine and transmission 5 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance125000 miles

Summary:

Bulletproof and very efficient

Faults:

Camshaft position sensor went out. A very simple repair. I did this myself. Took no more than 30 minutes.

Climate control fan motor went out, along with the relays that go to it. Not so easy of a repair. Took about 2 hours.

General Comments:

This car was bulletproof.

Other than the camshaft position sensor, nothing ever went wrong with the engine, and it was the easiest vehicle to work on that I have ever owned. Plenty of room in the engine bay, everything placed where it should be.

Someone maliciously drained the oil from my engine. I unknowingly drove the car for an entire week before I realized it. I could not believe that it did not hurt the engine. I put oil back in and never once had a problem out of it. Any other vehicle 5 quarts low on oil would have burnt up.

Dealer service is outstanding. Volvo offers free owner's manuals on all its vehicles online. A service that no other auto manufacturer that I know of would do. When my camshaft position sensor went out, I parked the vehicle in Dallas at a local dealer because it was like 3:00 AM. Even though I did not have the car repaired there, they did not mind me leaving it for 2 days until it was towed back to my home.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th January, 2010

1993 Volvo 850 GLT 2.4 from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.4 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.7 / 10
Distance when acquired191096 miles
Most recent distance191096 miles
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

After the apocalypse, the only remaining survivors will be cockroaches... and Volvos

Faults:

Well, from the very beginning...

At the time of purchase, the odometer read 191,096 miles. That was in November of 2007. It's now August of 2008...and the odometer STILL reads 191,096. Yeah.

The car would stall while idling and while in motion. After extensive research I discovered that the problem was no more than a dirty throttle body housing and a faulty fuel pump relay. $50.00 and an hour of my time fixed that. No stalls since. And just for added performance I changed out the spark plugs, wires, rotor, and the distributor cap... that added about an additional three miles per gallon.

The car was missing the lower front bumper valence at the time of purchase... and it's still missing. it hasn't affected the car's ability to function whatsoever, however...

...the missing valence exposes the bottom of the radiator. Living in north Georgia involves having to deal with an atrocious highway infrastructure, and part of that involves dealing with intersections that will make you bottom out your car, no matter how much you decelerate. That radiator has taken a couple of hits, and now there is a teeny weeny coolant leak. Nothing prominent, but just enough to keep the lower end of the radiator constantly soaked with coolant.

General Comments:

The only time I had a problem with this car was during its little stalling episode. Otherwise, this car has been the BEST $750 I have ever spent. That's right...$750. Yes, a testament to great value shopping, indeed!

I purchased the vehicle from an independent dealer in Gainesville, Georgia. I had just lost my job and my 2006 Corolla was becoming quite the financial burden. So I decided to "downsize" and reduce my monthly expenses. I walked into the dealership and asked what they had on the lot for $750...they pointed me in the direction of a Volvo that was sitting all by itself in the very back of the lot. After further investigation and a test drive, it was a no-brainer. Sold.

And because of that purchase, I have vowed to drive nothing but Volvos for the rest of my life. This car has to have somewhere around 275,000 miles on it, and it feels better than the Corolla I owned. The transmission shifts are a tad rough, but that is perhaps the only issue with the car, and I do not doubt that it is due to the age of the vehicle.

This Volvo has proven itself to be a worthy vehicle time and time again, but I wanted to give it the ultimate test. So, I took a week off from work and went on a little road trip. The car made a journey from Atlanta, GA to New York City to San Angelo, Texas and back to Atlanta... with not one single problem. I fully understand now why they say "Volvo For Life."

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2008

15th Dec 2008, 15:50

I too own a 1993. This was the first year in production for the car, the engine, and a front wheel drive car.

I have had a couple problems with the car, but I love it. I would like to find another one with a 5 speed and a turbo. These are such a good car for the money. I prefer it to my 88 BMW.

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 21 reviews