1996 Volvo 850 Reviews - Page 18 of 20

1996 Volvo 850 T 5 2.3 20V turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.3 20V turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired93800 miles
Most recent distance95600 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series


Buy one you won't regret it


Reversing light switch can play up.

Drivers door check strap is noisy, but works fine.

Clutch is on its way out.

General Comments:

Now cheap to buy

Cheap on insurance due to the standard security features

Don't believe what you hear, fuel consumption is great, half of what a BMW 325i uses

Torque is never ending it pulls like a train

Very quiet inside and comfy loads of room.

Heated seats, need I say more?

Stereo is great

Love the wolf in sheep's clothing part it plays.

Only people in the know raise eyebrows when you say "I've got a Volvo T5"

Dont be put off if youve never had one, parts are not expensive, running costs are low apart from front tyres, but just rotate them every 3 months or so,and make sure you regularily change engine and gearbox oil.

You will love the car, just test drive one, i was hooked.

A great car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th December, 2003

1996 Volvo 850 Turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1996
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Most recent distance109000 miles


A safe, high performance sedan


Oxygen sensor needed replacement.

Engine mount needed replacement.

Rear power windows didn't work.

Driver's seat heater didn't work.

Glove box latch needed replacement.

Spoiler faded and needed to be painted.

General Comments:

Overall, this car has been very reliable.

The power from the turbo engine is great and it seems effortless.

The automatic transmission works great with the 3 selectable modes (economy, sport, winter).

Trunk is very large, but rear passenger leg room could be better.

The leather seats are very comfortable.

The Premium Sound stereo sounds great.

Paint is still very glossy after almost 8 years (even though plastic spoiler faded).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th December, 2003

10th Mar 2006, 21:50

Well for most drivers out there, they would need a fast, good looking car. Then again, the Volvo 850 turbo (1996) is an outstanding car for people who like to go fast.

Speeds from 0-60, have been resulted to be 6.05 seconds.

With the car, it also comes with "turbo". The turbo only kicks in only if you put pressure towards the throttle.

Equipped with an amazing sound system, this makes your audio music sound like your at a concert. Also, The Volvo 850 turbo is a very safe car. performance of the car is so incredible, it can handle the road well. The car is also safe, with protected airbags and professional designing of the structure of the car from crashes. This car will be a good car for the people who like to have fun, and like to be safe. I recommend anyone to get any Volvo, but the Volvo 850 turbo is a great car for anyone.

1996 Volvo 850 GLT 2.5 TDI from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.5 TDI Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carVolvo 940


Smart, safe and speedy


Developed severe ECU problems at 60000 miles, resulting in the vehicle losing power randomly - this made the vehicle both infuriating and unfit to drive. Much money was spent on rectifying his problem.

Only months later, the gearbox developed faults and would not engage reverse gear when starting from cold. Due to the design of the 850, the gearbox would have to be removed completely to gain sufficient access to repair this.

The final straw was when another electrical fault developed. This one again occurred randomly and stopped the warning lights and starter motor activating upon turning the key. However, after ten minutes of waiting, things would start working again.

General Comments:

The Volvo 850 is a delightful, fast and very comfortable car. In the right colour it looks brilliant, and the interior still looks and feels very good. It's also incredibly safe for a car of it's age as well.

Providing the 850 remains reliable, it makes a very good car. However, if you are unfortunate enough to end up with all the problems mine had, it becomes an absolute (and very expensive) swine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 7th December, 2003

23rd Mar 2004, 18:06

I have a 1996 Volvo 850 GLT. My car is very well taken care of besides that it needs a new paint job. Some of the problems were that the sunroof fuse would pop and I would have to replace them frequently. The most annoying and frequent problem was the Service Engine light.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 64 reviews