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.

General Comments:

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!

1997 Volvo 850 T-5 2.3turbo from North America


This is one quick brick!


Air conditioner thermostat is no longer working.

Drivers seat rocks back and forth on its tracks under acceleration.

Rear view mirror does not hold position.

Driver side window auto down works once in a while.

Driver side passenger door light out.

Lights in radio are out.

A few lights in air flow system are out.

Leather seats (front) are wearing quickly.

General Comments:

Although the above items listed seem like a lot, they are more trivial than that of a serious nature.

All in all, this 855 T-5 wagon is a dream to drive.

It's fast, somewhat quiet and very, very comfortable.

Truly a drivers car, the effort required to make this car perform reward the driver and passengers with a real understanding of the term sport-touring vehicle.

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

Review Date: 26th April, 2002

24th Apr 2007, 18:38

I would ditto the front seat wear. I'm looking to redo them now. The shiftlock feature goes out, even the second one. ABS module had to be replaced. MC.