1994 Volvo 850 Turbo Wagon from North America


I haven't formed a complete opinion yet, for this is my first Volvo


My A/C has completely died.

The electricals for the windows have gone bad, and needs to be replaced.

The electricals for the power seats are starting to go.

The center arm rest has broken off, and the cup holders have broken.

Roof lining is starting to droop.

Check engine light is always reading tons of codes.

Oil dipstick handle has broken (the entire tubing, and as such needs to be replaced now to accommodate the newer dipsticks, as they are much longer than the older ones)

The fuel injector ECM (computer module) has just gone bad and needs to be replaced... as of now, the car is not running.

General Comments:

Regardless, I still LOVE this car very much! Handles the road GREAT, and is very comfortable and great on gas.

The dash makes a lot of creaking sounds, which is a bit annoying, but overall, the interior and exterior of the car are in great condition.

Repair and maintenance is costly, but being that it is a 16 year old car, I don't buy NEW parts, I buy USED, which makes up in the cost... like ALL used cars... you never really know what you are getting until you drive it for a while.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th August, 2010

1994 Volvo 850 2.4 from North America


Love it!


Drivers power window motor - 300.00.

Fuel pump - 400.00.

Fuel pump relay - 75.00.

Muffler/exhaust pipes - 300.00.

Front suspension repairs & alignment - 750.00.

Body work - 1200.00.

Satisfied owner - priceless!

General Comments:

What can I say? I test drove the car 3 times, then had it checked out by an experienced mechanic twice. I knew what I was getting into and haven't regretted it for a minute.

Yes Matilda, there are things to be fixed, repaired, and definite maintenance to follow. Yes, it cost money, perhaps more than others are willing to shell out. But for me - there is not a family member, neighbor, co-worker, or colleague who does not get a smile on their face after sitting in it.

The car handles so well it gives you a real feeling of security, some serious peace of mind, even motoring around in a large city - it's beyond words.

Yes Matilda, it has its quirks. I would think that anyone who drives would take time to locate the buttons, switches, do-dads. Ya gotta ask yourself, "Can I live with this?". It's not an American car. It's a Volvo and damn, it's feels so good.

I have friends & family who have begun scheduling a massive number of road trips in my wagon. Who knew?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th September, 2009

25th Dec 2012, 01:32

Who is your mechanic? Those prices are crazy high! Normal wear items, yes, but find a more reasonable mechanic or a better parts source. These are starting to show up in wrecking yards all over now, and parts can be had for cheap. There are also lots of aftermarket and performance suppliers that are cheaper than cheaper than dealerships.

1994 Volvo 850 2.4 N/A from North America


Great car, even with high mileage!


Cruise control did not work - replaced vacuum line to fix.

Bad oil leaks - replaced front crank and cam seals, need to replace rear main seal.

Heated seats don't work - never bothered looking into it.

Thermostat went bad.

Replaced all shocks and struts - normal wear item.

Rear caliper seized.

Bad window regulator.

Somethings up with the sunroof causing it to sit crooked when closed - have not fixed yet.

Odometer gear - common to fail on these cars.

A.B.S. does not work - still need to look into it.

General Comments:

I needed a car and wanted a manual trans, but really did not want to go with a Honda or Toyota because everyone has one. I came across this high mileage Volvo and at first was kinda worried about the mileage, but after I took it for a test drive and heard it run, I could tell it was a good car with lots of life left in it. It needed normal stuff like the suspension replaced, brake work, and some steering components.

The biggest problem I have with it is a massive rear main seal leak. The transmission needs to be removed to replace it and I am not looking forward to doing it. I kinda hope I can drag it out till the clutch needs replaced so I can do both at once. Other than that, there has been no major problems other than stuff that you would expect from a car of this age.

Many people complain about how expensive these cars are to fix, which they are if you take it to a shop. If you can do the work yourself, you will save tons of money. Parts are cheap if you know where to look and you can still get factory parts at a good price. These cars really are not hard to work on, and if you need help, there are plenty of forums where people can help you out.

Overall, I am a pretty big fan of the car. The 5 speed makes it really fun to drive, and it even has decent power for a non-turbo. Gets almost 30 mpg with out babying it. When I tell people what I drive, they ask why I got that? Once they get in the car and take a drive with me, they admit that they like the car. It is also great for keeping cops from harassing you, they don't even notice the car.

I am hoping I can hit 400,000 miles without any major engine/trans failure. With how much I am driving for work, it shouldn't take long.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th September, 2009