1994 Volvo 850 Turbo 2.3 from North America
This car is a lemon, and I am angry with the problems I have with this car!
I purchased my 1994 Volvo November 27, 2007 from a used car dealer, and less than 30 days I started having problems.
The odometer stopped working the day after I picked up the car, now I do not have the correct read of the mileage. The dealers response was it work yesterday when you purchased the car! The Volvo dealer said" It would cost approx. $500.00 to repair the problem if that's all that is wrong with the car".
Next the check engine light came on the 2nd week in December before the holidays, and the car stalled on the highway. I couldn't start it (I was lucky to pull over to the side of road). I called a road side service and had it towed to a service station (it was the fuel pump; $470) to repair.
Back on the road again and the check engine light is on again one month later. It stalled again, but not on the highway. I took it to my mechanic; oil leak from the valve cover gasket and a manifold problem. This cost $225.00 to repair.
Now 45 days later the check engine light is on again; this time both oxygen sensors and he says I need a catalytic converter, over 1k to do the job.
Plus a number of other items till the present day stopped working; heated leather seats, power antenna, and various bulbs keep going out. There are some other problems also.
I have a lemon on my hands and don't know what to do with the car.
I like the Volvo for its safety features. My other car was an 1984 240 model; it had 187,000 miles before the transmission went out in October 2007. I like the style of the 850 model, but not all the problems.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 16th February, 2008
You can't blame Volvo on this one. You can blame the dealership for not checking it out and you can blame the previous owners for maybe not doing maintenace, however a fuel pump and bad speedomert are age related issues that seem to happen as cars age.
I gotta agree with the last post. Yes, Volvo's, are very reliable/durable cars, but they require alot of maintenance to prevent these mishaps from occurring. I believe you may have purchased a car that just wasn't maintained before you got it.
Check out the helpful forum at brickboard.com. Those Brickfreaks (myself included) are a fantastic resource when it comes to DIY repairs/maintenance.