1997 Volvo 850 SE 6 cylinder from North America
Reliable, comfortable, handsome
Knock on wood, we haven't had anything break since we purchased the vehicle.
This is a great handling car for it's size.
Very comfortable with a smooth ride.
The heat sucks, it takes forever to heat the car and gets cold quickly while driving (not a trivial point here in Alaska).
The 6 cylinder engine provides smooth acceleration and decent fuel economy (24mpg+ highway/15-20city)
The controls inside are well placed and easy to work.
We purchased this car because our last car, a 1992 Jetta, was a cramped tin can with all manner of electrical problems.
I would buy this car again in a heartbeat.
Dealer repairs for foreign cars are obviously not cheap, but then again, we aren't driving a Taurus so it all works out in the end.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th February, 2003
29th Jun 2003, 21:14
Must be the only 6-cylinder 850 in existence!!
26th Jan 2005, 20:23
If your car takes forever to heat up, your thermastat must be broken. I drive an 850 and when I first got it, my heat sucked, took like 5 to 10 minutes to warm up and it never got warm. Finally we replaced the thermastat and it worked great. Warms up in about 1-2 minutes after you start driving in!