1996 Volvo 850 2.5 20 valve from UK and Ireland
In terms of quality it is hard to rival
I have experienced a few problems with the electrics and the interior.
After a year of driving the car, half of the dashboard failed to light up along with the right side of the stereo. this has been quite costly to repair. The heated seated and electric mirrors haven't worked for years and the glove box lock stuck and fails to open even with the key. Has anyone else experienced this?
The drivers door also makes a terrible clunking noise when opened. the lights also stop working and need to be constantly replaced and when I turn the engine off the seat belt lights stay on and drain the battery.
Relatively cheap to run and insure.
Comfortable, safe ride.
Excellent engine quality.
Riddled with small problems that are expensive to keep putting right.
Excellent sound system.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th January, 2007
16th Sep 2008, 23:13
1996 850 wagon. Most comfortable long range car I have owned,-safe, good mileage BUT,-Fixing A/C cost is crazy, back tail gate will not stay open, master brake cylinder went bad as did computer for anti lock brakes (sometimes it worked, sometimes it did not!) Windshield wiper blade refuses to touch glass unless I keep bending it, rear glass cost is nuts ($700). Shock absorbers too costly. Front seals on axle wore grove in axle causing axle replacement ($1200) Under powered at higher elevation out West. Dash lights do not always work. Electric window switches need replacing ($200) Driver's door has broken weld,-big noise when opening door,-Body shop will fix for $200.Would not buy another one. Daughter has one also,--her thoughts are the same. Bob C.