1995 Volvo 850 GLT 2.4 Gas from North America


Safe high performance bargain


Nothing has gone wrong with the car. It runs perfect.

General Comments:

The car is very quick off the line, but it struggles when it gets around 95-100. Awsome car. I'm sold on volvo's for life. Interior is good, engine runs strong. I blows the 1989 740 GLE 16 valve away with no problem. It even beat a 1972 164 E.

Can't say enough good things about the car. My best buy ever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th February, 2003

1995 Volvo 850 2.5l 10v 2.5L 10v from UK and Ireland


Not quite a wolf in sheep's clothing, but this large estate packs a few surprises


Lambda warning light lit when bought, traced to a dirty contact on the throttle position sensor.

General Comments:

The 850 estate appears physically large due to the slab-sided styling. The rear boot drop-off however aids reversing as you can see exactly where the rear of the car is. A few days into driving the 850 and you will be squeezing through gaps that smaller cars baulk at!

Performance depends on which one of the many engine variations you get... I got the 2.5l 10v petrol which is a good torquey workhorse without high insurance costs. Acceleration is good, with lots of torque right up to motorway speeds and beyond. The ride is comfortable, stable, and safe.

Fuel consumption varies from 30mpg (UK) on a motorway run, to 23mpg around town on short runs.

The quality of the vehicle means further costs for me are limited just to servicing.

There have been problems for the range though. The ABS sensor ECU may fail, the air con evaporators seem to be of variable longevity, and brake rotors may warp. If you get a good one, you get an excellent car, so check the history thoroughly.

Now replaced by the V70 with softer styling, the 850 can be had for bargain prices.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th January, 2003

1995 Volvo 850 GLT Wagon 2.5 petrol from South Africa


A disgraceful scuttle-bucket!


ABS lamp comes on intermittently, dealer charges me for a half hour's labour to read out the fault codes (took 3 minutes), and proudly tells me that the ABS control unit is shot, and that it's a common problem with these cars. For R4000 (about $400) I can buy the unit and fit it myself.

SRS (Airbag) warning lamp comes on intermittently, haven't had it diagnosed yet.

Drivers door brake broke (another known problem with these quality cars).

The ventilation fan has an imbalance, and whines to the point that you cannot use it.

The leather on the steering wheel and seats has worn badly - Volvo should buy their leather from BMW!

Thermostat failed, coolant bottle cracked.

Tailgate inner trim panel broke loose.

Can't remember the other stuff - my therapist says its better to forget...

General Comments:

This car is a lump of crud - it is under-powered, handles like a fat chick on roller skates, and is no better quality than a Dacia. The only tool one should use when working on this car is a blow-torch!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th November, 2002

6th Jun 2004, 07:23

Upon reading this review I find that reviewer is not able to fairly appraise his vehicle - perhaps he got a lemon, or perhaps he is not being realistic about a car that has almost a quarter of a million kilometres on the Clock.

I can cite many, many positive stories regarding the 850 lasting very well with proper care and maintenance.

1995 Volvo 850 T5 GLE 2.3 turbo from UK and Ireland


Great car, but watch the reliability


Driver door stay has needed welding.

Air conditioning has a leak.

Minor oil leak on the turbo, but this was cheap to fix.

Front wheel bearing failed at 55000.

Anti-lock brakes control unit has failed.

New gearbox fitted before I bought the car.

New inter-cooler fitter before I bought the car.

General Comments:

This car is very quick, quiet, a joy to drive (when it is all working), has a good ride and carries everything in the huge boot.

We drove 2800 miles to Italy and back this year and it was out-handling and out-performing more modern cars over the Swiss Alps and averaged 29 miles to gallon!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th October, 2002