1994 Volvo 850 Turbo Gasoline from North America
I Will never buy another Volvo again
Oil cooling system needed replacing - $2000 US
Reverse lighting mechanism $300
Something with the emissions and exhaust cooling the turbo $700
The springs holding the hatch don't work when it's cold - haven't replaced them
Need a second key pad FOB - haven't replaced $25
Heat/defrost don't work when it drops below a certain temperature outside. Factory unit replacement only
Other items that I have had to have worked on keep cropping up. Check engine light stays on regularly
Spark plug mis-fired, caused a molded plastic part to pop off from the intake system - $500 + towing
Cruise Control doesn't work, afraid to ask how much that will be to fix.
Headlight wipers don't work, no idea why or how to fix, if it is even worth it.
I hate this car.
I purchased it for $4500 from a person who had maintained it and have had to put more than $3000 in to it.
When it runs, it runs smooth and handles OK, not great.
The cabin layout is horrible for women or shorter people.
Very bad blind spots and mirror & window controls are in the center between the seats with no way to lock them. Every time I forget and accidentally set my purse down there (a logical place) the mirrors move and my blind spots get worse. If I have to open the window and there is a cup in the cup holder, I have to bend my wrist at a very painful and un-intuitive angle to reach the button.
Hazard lights and cruise control buttons are directly behind the steering wheel so to find them I have to take my eyes off the road and really search around to find them.
The winter setting does work well on icy roads when the road is a sheet of ice.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 16th December, 2006
You just got a 850 that was not well taking care of. They are one of the best cars you can buy for the money. Have one myself; great car, has 186000 miles, run better than my wife's new car. If any one is looking to buy a Volvo 850t or 850 GLT, 1994 to 1996 are the best, 1997 to 1999 changed CPU, not a good move. 2000 S70 on are good cars too. I have had 3 850 GLTs, this is my first 850t, so far so good.