1997 Volvo 850 R 2.3 turbo from North America
Ugliest, most unreliable car in the world
I bought this car for $3200, thinking it was a great deal. I have spend over $2000 fixing it.
I had for for 16 months, and now the tranny gave out, it cost over $1800 to fix. This car is the biggest piece of crap ever made. Besides being an extremely ugly car, I thought it would run for a couple of years. My dad had a Volvo and it was very reliable. 850Rs are not. Why spend on maintenance and fixing a car that looks it was designed in the 80's?
This car was a big mistake.
The car was kind of fast when I bought it. Other than that, I could have bought a Yugo and had better luck. Nobody would want to buy this car for more than $1500 now.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 2nd May, 2011
2nd May 2011, 14:19
Did the same thing you did... but mine was a 96 850 station wagon... put a lot of money in it... and you are right... sold it for 1500.00 cash... but did get at least 5 calls on it from craigslist... but you might want to hold off selling it... saw the guy at the supermarket 7 months later... he says it's still running strong...
3rd May 2011, 00:56
It always sucks to have a transmission go out, but no offense, the car has 130,000 unknown miles on it. You got the thing at the end of its life, so really, you can't blame Volvo.
I happen to run into a chap with a Volvo Station Wagon with 941,000 miles on it, original drivetrain. You can't say Volvo makes bad cars, it all depends on how people take care of them originally.
Although, I will agree with the ugly part.
4th Apr 2016, 17:24
The Volvo 850 is not a car which looks like it was designed in the 80s. It actually is one! First released in 1992, the design and conception process likely started by 87/88. That's what like about it.