1996 Volvo 850 S Wagon 2.5 20 valve from Australia and New Zealand


Outstanding Wagon which is satisfying to drive


Lost a headlamp wiper blade.Replacement only come in pairs!

Windscreen washer failed, had to clean the T valve.

Pipe cover underneath came loose. Difficult to find replacement.

General Comments:

Excellent wagon with huge load space.

Excellent performance from the 2.5 20v engine.

Excellent road holding, mine is fitted with 17in wheels from turbo model.

Somewhat dated interior for a 1996 car, but good quality and durable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 2005

1996 Volvo 850 GLT 2.4 Liter from North America


A Car not to be overlooked!


Replaced Main Seal.

A/C coil needs to be Replaced. ($1200 USD)

Struts and Suspension has been Replaced.

Tires, Rotors, and Brakes.

Sparks plugs

Fuel Filter

Replaced Air Filter with a Drop In K&N.

General Comments:

Impressed by the car's quickness, especially in Sport Mode.

Seats are very comfortable, but the driver's seat needs to be replaced because of wear and tear, also the plastic seems to have issues with cracking unfortunately.

Car handles like no other.

As far as maintenance, there's a lot of do it yourself if you have the tools and time to it.

Gas Mileage is excellent and for those who have bad mileage, buy some Lucas Fuel Injector Cleaner and that will solve the problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2005

1996 Volvo 850 GLE 2.5 from Malaysia


My first Volvo and it will not be my last


The car overheated on the day I took it out from the dealer. Need to change the thermostat.

Overheated again after 1500km. Had the radiator flush and change the sensor.

Engine cannot start after another 800km. Faulty air/fuel sensor.

Temperature gouge show overheating, but the car runs OK. Need to change temperature sensor for the dashboard.

General Comments:

This car is a bit on the highside on maintainance.

It took me three months before the car runs smoothly without any problems.

The car handles well and the interior is really spacious.

Performance is also superb.

It also give a good mileage, but have to be careful with the pedal.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th November, 2004

1996 Volvo 850 T-5 S 2.3i 5-Cylinder 20v turbo from UK and Ireland


What more could you possibly ask for?


Brake discs and pads

Now set of front tyres

Air Con compressor & re-gas

Wishbones, Drive shafts

Wheel bearings.

General Comments:

I bought this 850 T5 saloon to replace my Volvo 740 Estate. I already own another 850 T5, and I've been so fantastically pleased with it that I wanted another.

It needed a fair amount of work doing when I bought the car (£2,300 - ouch) but at least I now know that it is in A1 condition - apart from the Turbo Charger needing replacing in the next 10k miles.

It's a medium specced car, it has electric windows, mirrors, sunroof, a CD changer, TRACS (traction control), computer, half leather heated seats, alloys, spoiler, front fog lights and of course performance!

This is the saloon version, and I can say that it does feel faster than the estate, it's certainly a lot quieter and holds the road better - it sits a lot lower to the road than my T5 estate. Headline figures are 149mph top speed with a 0-60 time of 7.2 seconds. However, the T5's best party trick is it's mid-range power ability!

It's a fantastic car to drive, over less than perfect roads it can feel quite firm, but not so much as a sports car.

I think the fact that I have two T5's really says it all. They are fantastic cars and combine power, performance, comfort with cheapish running costs. I get on average 27mpg out of this one, compared to 24mpg for the estate.

My 20 year old son will be getting a T5 within the next 6 months, so then we will be a three-T5 family!

Once a Volvo driver, always a Volvo driver. This old chestnut certainly rings true in our case.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th July, 2004

1996 Volvo 850 Turbo 2.3 turbo from North America


An expensive poorly manufactured car


Transmission had to be replaced at 69,000 miles with no previous transmission problems noted.

Door trim on passenger side doors has come loose for no apparent reason.

Brake pads and rotors have had to be replaced every 15,000 miles even though we are not hard on the brakes. The rotors warp and the dealer claims it is due to them over heating with city driving.

General Comments:

This car has great pickup and handles nicely, but the expensive and frequent maintenance make it very expensive and unreliable vehicle. Parts and labor are extremely high and with the frequent service required it is just not worth it. I would never buy another Volvo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th June, 2004