1995 Volvo 850 SE 2.5 10v from UK and Ireland


Well worth looking at


Faulty cam sensor.

Starting and stalling problems.

General Comments:

I recently bought this car and the day I got it a warning sensor came on. I took it back and the dealership determined it was a faulty cam sensor. This was replaced with no problems.

Later the car developed problems starting and stalling. Changing the battery, plugs and cleaning the distributor cap seem to have solved the problem. Despite these problems I've been more than happy with the response from the Volvo dealership. They've been very helpful.

Now the car is running fine and I must say that it's fantastic. The car is comfortable, safe, quick and not as expensive to run as I might have thought. The car is happy cruising along the motorway as well as country lanes. It really is a joy to drive. No wonder the 850 changed the image of Volvos. If it's good enough for the Police, it'll do me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th December, 2001

1995 Volvo 850 T-5R 2.3L turbo from North America


A very unique and different car for someone who doesn't mind the headache of upkeep


Engine mount collapsed.

Front upper strut mounting cup cracked.

Driver's side front hub/bearing unit.

There is a slight oil drip. It's nothing substantial and I don't need to add oil to the car.

General Comments:

I originally bought the car because I thought that I was buying into Volvo safety and reliability. I haven't gotten into an accident so I can't vouch for the safety, but the reliability has been quite poor. I have had to put a lot of money into this car in just the 20K miles I've had it.

It does drive well and the interior is extremely comfortable and spacious. The engine is very willing and 0-60 times are about 6.5 seconds.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th August, 2001

8th Jun 2004, 23:51

You need to understand that your T5 is not a typical Volvo family sedan. It is a high performance sport sedan. Extra maintenance and higher repair costs should be expected. If you wanted an 850, but wanted less trouble, get an 850 GLT next time. They are far more common, easier to fix, and less problematic.

1995 Volvo 850 Turbo 2.3 V5 from North America


It would be hard to not see this car as one of the best overall


Engine light is nearly always on. Previous owner says it relates to the oxygen sensor, which he already had replaced once and has had no problems with since.

Radio antenna needs to be lubricated once in a while to prevent the motor from failing (generally people are too lazy to do this and would rather complain when it breaks).

There is considerable wind noise with the sunroof completely open or with the windows down.

Light squeak in the rear deck (nothing major, but sort of annoying since the rest of the car is so quiet).

General Comments:

Granted I have only put 5,000 miles on this car, I think this is a spectacular car.

The paint is a glossy and a unique green color (not the trendy forest green of the 1990's).

The wheels are very sporty and easy to clean. Overall, the car is sporty, despite the boxy design. In time, most people will agree this car is beautiful.

Previous owner had all dealer maintenance done on strict schedule and it shows.

Aside from a noisy idle, this engine sounds smooth and quiet. The turbo doesn't kick in unless you give good throttle pressure, so the car can be driven lightly or quite hard. When you want to go fast, particularly from a rolling start or anywhere from 5 to 25 miles per hour, this car flat-out hauls #%$.

The handling is decent for a mid-luxury sedan. Smooth and responsive, minimal body roll thru turns at 25-30 miles per hour.

Auto transmission is a little rough going into 2nd gear, I assume because of all the torque the engine produces, but is wonderful into 3rd and 4th.

The interior is very comfortable with heated, 8-way power leather seats with lumbar support. Heat is generated quickly and the A/C is very cold. The instrumentation is rather plain but also very easy to read. 8-speaker stereo has nice full sound at moderate volume, but is not their top model.

Other personal notes: This was the first car with daytime running lamps and side impact air bags (many cars today still do not have them!). This car is loaded with safety features and creature comforts. The best part is, I got it thru a friend for 50% blue book value.

I would recommend this car to anyone looking for a sedan with a nice balance of performance, safety and comfort. It will drive for years and hold its value as well as any car out there.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd August, 2001

3rd Mar 2002, 08:35

Volvo 850 turbo is reliable and durable. Its contruction is safe and good looking. No major problem has been surfaced over the past 7 years. With regular maintenance, the life span of this car will normally exceed 10 years.

3rd Oct 2002, 07:43

Proper maintenance and up-keep on this keep should yield you 250K miles or more. That's not to say you want have a transmission go at 125K miles, but it isn't the norm and rarely would an engine go in 250K miles unless you forgot to change the timing belt, it snapped, and all the lifters, pistons and what not banged against each other and killed the engine. So the bottom line is listen to the manual and do your maintenance and 200K+ should be no problem.

Some other items that commonly break on this car are the O2 sensor, gear position sensor, AC Compressor and AC Evaporator.