1996 Volvo 850 Base 2.4 liter 5 cylinder from North America


The little things are what matter


This car goes through light bulbs faster than I could go through a bag of potato chips.

The passenger window does not go up, probably the result of a bad switch.

Winter Mode switch does not work.

ABS module needs to be replaced, $800 at dealer when I work up the courage to get it done.

Dashboard rattles.

Weather stripping on passenger side is peeling.

The car needs to crank for about 5 seconds or else it won't start.

Power steering groans.

Gas tank began leaking horribly soon after I purchased the car, although the dealership replaced it for free because the tank was recalled.

Parking break shoes were completely stripped, but this was probably the fault of the previous owner rather than the car itself.

Antenna doesn't retract all the way.

FM radio does not work.

General Comments:

This car is underpowered, it is extremely slow around town.

The seats are very comfortable, the driving position is excellent. The cloth interior has held up very well for an 11-year-old car.

It handles great for a Volvo.

It's an extremely safe car.

I've been averaging 19 mpg with a 50/50 mix of city and highway driving.

Although small things keep breaking, the car itself has been reliable and has never left me stranded.

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

Review Date: 19th August, 2007

1996 Volvo 850 turbo from North America


FAST, RELIABLE, Underrated


Nothing so far... replaced a small slow oil leak before I purchased it.

General Comments:

FAST FAST FAST.I'm 20 yrs old and ppl don't realize how fast this car is until I fly past them on the highway. I made this car my own... forget the old timer car stereotypes... This car is Reliable, powerful, roomy, and comfortable... I love it... I bought it used wit good mileage for under 3 grand. I turned the turbo up on it so I'm ready for anything. I'm a college student so I need a reliable car that is going to get back and forth to school from NJ to PA. Would def recommend this car. Its safe... the system is unbelievable for a factory and it's a powerful machine when you need it to be. The tranny blew on my 1990 BMW 535. I recently bought this car with hopes in selling it when I graduate. Not too sure if I am willing to do that anymore...I'm beginning to like it more and more everyday.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th August, 2007

1996 Volvo 850 GLT 2.5 from UK and Ireland


Worth considering


New CAT at 179K. Needed new servo for brakes at 190K. Watchout for leaks in steering the whole rack has to be replaced and it's a very expensive job. I just kept topping up the fluid.

Needed to replace the oil seals at 182K, very expensive, but it did not run dry on oil which would have been a nightmare.

General Comments:

Overall a remarkable car. The work I did was not as a result of poor quality parts. They were replaced after 180K. To be fair no real work was done to the car until it got to 180K. When I sold it close to the 200K mark the clutch was starting to slip. Amazing that the shocks were original and it drove remarkably well for the miles.

Fuel economy is not good and the parts are too expensive. I don't know how volvo can charge the prices they do? Rip off!

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

Review Date: 9th June, 2007

11th Jun 2007, 02:10

You answered your own question! Volvo can charge too much for their bits, but as your 180K miles show - they last well. No cheap bits!

1996 Volvo 850 T5-R 2.3L turbo from North America


Best car I've owned in 45 years


Slight oil leak around turbo...smell oil burning;

Expensive to repair;

General Comments:

Great vehicle; Fast, 28 mpg @ 70 mph

Fast response of turbo when needed;

Never have to "floor" accelerator, plenty of power to pass at any speed.

Dependable; 850 T-5-R is a sports, wagon; Great brakes, lots of space;

Every accessory you could ask for;

Every accessory works perfectly;

No complaints;

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2007