1996 Volvo 850 GLT 2.3 20v 5 cyl non-turbo from North America
Regardless of minor problems, this engine will not die for a long, long time
Brake rotors warped.
Power seat button housing fell off.
Windshield trim came loose.
Door panel material coming off.
ABS/Tracs control module (recall).
Sunroof shade fell apart.
Although many little fit and finish problems, the car has given me lots of trouble free miles in the sense that I drive over 30K miles a year.
Although the car completely died with an alternator problem, it was in my own driveway. It has never left me stranded.
Even though it has the base engine, it has plenty of zip with the 5-speed, handling is good and the seats are extremely comfortable.
Servicing and parts are very expensive.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th October, 2000
3rd Nov 2002, 18:46
I drove a 850 GLT, bought it second hand, had done 120.000 km, I sold it at 270.000 km. It was a great car, magnificent power, beautiful sound, and very very safe feeling. Nice under-steered and a high performance car.
27th Jan 2004, 10:16
I currently drive a 1996 850 GLT, nice!!! I hear the 1993-1995 models have had more problems. I do intend on keeping the car for it's intented life span of 20 yrs. (volvo designed this car to last that long). So, 2016 is when I sell the car.
Volvo for life.