1995 Volvo 850 Turbo from North America
Worth every repair cost
In addition to normal maintenance such as brake pads, shoes, and rotors, here are a few odds and ends:
Inner CV boot cover crack, (150k miles)
Turbo Drain seal leaks and needs replacing every 15-30k depending on usage If not replaced (like in my friend's '96 850 Turbo), will leak oil into turbo fan and ruin turbo fan and possibly more. ($$$$$)
Odometer stopped running. Not expensive to fix, but I've never heard of this before on any car.
Rear Brake light switch failed ($30 at 145k)
Antenna shorted (155K)
Plan on replacing a few bulbs here and there as the car gets older.
Went too fast on a country road, got big speeding ticket. (OK, I know this isn't the car's fault, but I'll put it here anyway.)
Despite the frequent and expensive problems, it is a great car to have- great power, handling, and speed.
I love the look and the feel of driving it!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th January, 2006
Where did you get your odometer fixed? I need to get mine done as well. Can you please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org?
I also need to have the odometer fixed... is this a frequent problem with volvo 850's? should we be concerned?
All Volvo 850 models have the most trouble with odometers breaking. It is a very simple cause. There is a tiny soft-plastic gear (about the size of a pencil eraser) behind the speedometer that gets brittle with age, and causes the teeth on the gear to shear off. The gear no longer turns, and therefore your odometer stops turning. Volvo DOES NOT make a replacement gear, so normally you have to replace the entire instrument cluster ($200+ from a Volvo dealer) OR you can order a replacement gear from odometergears.com for $29 including shipping and handling. It completely fixes the problem. The new gear is made of a much harder plastic, so it shouldn't break again. I ordered the gear, installed it myself, and presto it worked!
Unless you know what you're doing, have a mechanic install it. Replacement requires carefully prying out all of the dash vents, unscrewing the top of the dash pad and prying the driver's side half of the dash pad up just enough so you can disconnect and pull out the instrument cluster. Pulling out the cluster works best with 2 sets of hands; one to hold up the dash, and one to disconnect and pull the cluster out. It can be done alone, but is trickier. Then you just have to carefully disassemble the cluster, locate the tiny gear, and replace the gear. Not too bad. Just a pain. I hope this helps you all!