1995 Volvo 850 T5 2.3 turbo from South Africa
Epic, power, stability, grace, understated
Gearbox at 125000 km; common on these models. Replaced with 850R LSD and TCU; no problems since.
Window regulator on the right hand driver's door.
Window center control unit.
Full suspension overall from front to rear; replaced all components.
Replaced radiator at 240000km
Replaced the radiator cooling fan 125000km and 250000km.
Common replacement coolant pipes due to the performance power of the engine; replaced every 12 months.
CV repaired or replaced every 24 months due to monster torque this motor produces.
Changed all mechanical parts on the motor to current upgraded parts from the manufacturer.
Replaced the motor with a new motor, not exchange unit, brand new from Sweden at 340000km due to thermostat locking up and blowing head and damaging cylinder 3.
Replaced turbocharger twice; common fault due to under cooling. Remedied with a charge cooler with stand alone coolant pump and separate oil cooler.
Seat worn on right hand side and that's it.
Bumpers have issues, namely fading of grey top, but easily remedied.
ABS sensors replaced every 36 months.
Fuel cell replaced due to road damage.
Seat belts needed to be replaced to due to age and wear.
V70R uprated discs front and rear eat pads, so replacements every 12 months can be costly, but worth it.
I have had the car since new; I will never sell or trade it. I drive my quick brick everyday, and every time I get out of her, I smile and say best car I have ever owned.
I know my list of faults is long, but to say the least, I own a 6,3l A** from you know who, what I can say is my Volvo has never given as much problems as I have with this car, and the best is when you rock up to collect with a 16 year old car at the dealership, people can't believe you are driving it and I start smiling.
In closing, keep to your service schedule, and you will have one of the best cars ever built.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st August, 2011