Pros: "Safe, reliable, comfortable. very low cost at 190k"
Cons: "Can't think of any"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5
"18 years, 190,000 miles, still feels new.
Very comfortable for long distance driving, downright luxurious for commuting. I love the simple interior design, convenience and practicality. Handles well, good in the snow, and of course Volvo safe.
What more could you ask for a car?
I take care of my cars and keep them a long time. Forty years of driving, this is my third car. Complaints about reliability from people who replace cars every few years tells me they abuse or do not maintain the ones they have.
Occasionally things break or wear out. I fix or replace them. Price for repairs probably higher than for some other manufacturers, but at 190k I am so far ahead financially that it is silly to complain.
Reluctant to recommend an 18 year old car to anyone unless they know it has been properly maintained.
I will keep this until it can no longer be repaired.
Then I will buy another Volvo."
"I LOVE this car (1996 Volvo 850 Turbo Wagon). I bought it because I needed a car that had some cargo space for our show dogs. Our previous small SUV was just too small. I have been pleasantly surprised by how much this car delivers. It is safe, extremely comfortable and it handles like a dream. I have owned 46 cars in my 45 years (true!) and this is, in my opinion, one of the BEST I have ever owned. While parts can be expensive, once you find a reputable repair shop, you will not be disappointed in your choice. It is more responsive than most "sports" cars, and is precise in it's handling. Also the brakes are amazing! Sure footed and quick to stop you. I would recommend this car to anyone. I plan to drive it until at least 500k miles!"
"I bought this 1993 850GLT new. It has only 85600 miles. As others say, the repairs can be expensive. I have had some pblms; ie, A/C control panel burned out, 2 power window mechanisms failed, SRS power strap had to be replaced but ca. $4000.00 over 15.5 years, not too bad, I think. The major maintenance is every 30K miles and costs about $500.00 but worth it. Take care of it, it will take care of you."