1993 Volvo 850 Reviews - Page 3 of 8

1993 Volvo 850 t5 Turbo 2.3 5 cylinder turbo from UK and Ireland

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.3 5 cylinder turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 miles
Most recent distance158000 miles
Previous carVolvo 740

Summary:

Absolutley totally amazing

Faults:

The turbo seals have blew just about a month ago.

General Comments:

I have read statements on here that are bad on this car and I really don't know what to say about them.

My car is 14 years old with almost 160 000 miles on the clock and apart from my little turbo problem, my car is absolultley perfect and even though I've already been offered twice what I paid for it I will not sell it.

You will not find a more comfortable car.

Its sheer performance is breath taking.

It looks really good.

If I have an accident I'm going to walk away before the next guy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2007

1993 Volvo 850 854 GLT 2.5 20V from UK and Ireland

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.5 20V Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired112000 miles
Most recent distance132000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

You get more car for your money with a Volvo. 10/10 for comfort and safety!

Faults:

Have had to replace:

The radiator, as this was banana shaped at top and bottom.

Clean a blocked breather system as this has caused the engine to blow a seal resulting in an oil leak.

Replace a jammed electric aerial.

Replace the anti-rollbar bushes.

General Comments:

Ever since the Volvo 850 was launched back in the 90's I had to have one. The only problem was that I was only 12!

After selling my 1989 Volvo 760 Turbo Saloon (which was absolutely awesome) I really wanted to get my hands on another Volvo. However this time I wanted something which could handle the power in the twisty bits.

I have owned my 854 for almost a year now and although its now approaching 14 years old with 132k miles on the clock, it still feels sharp and poised.

Although I am only 24 and am constantly ribbed for owning a Volvo, I absolutelty love it. It is rapid (even with 5 people and a boot full of luggage), comfortable (i have not yet been in anything as comfortable as a Volvo hence why I won't buy a Merc or a Beema) and I feel completely safe in it.

My mother loved driving my 850 so much that she has replaced her woefully unreliable 1999 Vauxhall Astra with a 2001 Volvo S60 2.0T Sport!!

The only drawback I can think of is the economy, or there-lack-of. Around town it returns about 25MPG which is the majority of my driving. On a run MPG is much improved. With the tall gearing I can typically return 35MPG which is better, but when you're spending £70 to fill the tank you kinda want I bit more for your bucks.

Unfortunately some moron decided to break into my car last week smashing my driver's window and ripping my glovebow door off its hinges, so I'm now forced to replace it. It has made the car feel tainted so it has to go. Cue the Vovlo C70 T5 GT which I shall be picking up at the end of next month... I can't wait!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th April, 2007

19th Apr 2007, 08:29

Great review, I am also 24 and live in the UK. My current cars include a Volvo S70 2.5 (full spec), a facelift 960 3.0 Estate and partners facelift V40 - as well as my project 1970 144!!! These cars are great - I have just taken the S70 for a 2000 mile trip up around the Highlands of Scotland from the south coast in a week and the car behaved faultlessly - even with 130,000 miles on the clock. These are great, nothing beats them for comfort or safety and the overall packages of Volvos are fantastic value for money. Sod the image, I know that I am in the better car!!!

24th Apr 2007, 19:47

Good luck in replacing Volvo C70 parts (http://www.swedishpartsshop.com/volvoc70parts.html) for your T5 GT. Hope it will have a successful replacement; just have the best maintenance of parts and only the genuine high-performance replacements to keep your Volvo C70 in top shape.

28th Oct 2007, 11:24

Thanks for both of your comments! As it happened I never replaced the 854, and she is still going strong! Still need to replace that glovebox lid, but no hurry!

I recently bought a 940SE Td, which we drove in the Home2Rome Banger Rally last month. The car covered 3500 miles which were all completely faultless. I bought the car from ebay for a small fee and it even came with a £700 private plate. Once I'm back in England and off my business trip, I'm going to sell the 850, 940 and private plate to fund my C70!!!

I have waited so many years for this... and it's got to happen soon!

Jono.

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