"My second car was a 1995 850 GLT sedan, I got it my senior year of high school in 2004. My friends called it an old lady car, soccer mom car, etc. but I just sat back and laughed watching all their Neons, Mustangs, Cougars, and Eclipses bite the dust. I absolutely loved my car, it was durable and took dozens of 4-6 hour trips with no problem and averaged about 25-27 MPG. I had it until November of 2008 when I sold it because of a unknown (at the time) starting problem. I changed all the plugs and wires, distributor cap, fuses, and nothing fixed it. Come to find out, it was a crank shaft sensor (about $400 fix) I still kick myself for letting it go, but at the time I was really broke. If you buy a Volvo, make sure to take it to a mechanic that specializes in European or Import cars otherwise they have no clue what they're doing. If it's an electrical issue, check the sensors first...in Volvos it's almost always something minor and electrical like a sensor or fuse. The only issues I had with it was that the odometers tend to stop working. I bought my car at 125,588 and it stayed that way until I sold it...and the cosmetic things sometimes are a little cheap and fall off. Clear coat fades and trim on the outside flakes. All minor things. I am happy to say that I just purchased my 2nd Volvo yesterday, a 1997 850 T-5 wagon. The turbo really makes this car move and it feels completely natural and smooth to go 90-100 mph. All in all, I highly recommend a Volvo for anyone that needs a reliable vehicle. I can guarantee you'll grow to love and cherish it like a family member!"
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