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Used Volvo 850

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Consumer Reviews

My second Volvo!

By on Wednesday, December 02, 2009

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

"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!"

19 people out of 19 found this review helpful

NEVER giving this up

By on Sunday, July 29, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 190,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

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."

11 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Very good!

By on Friday, May 01, 2009

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

"I have been owned the Volvo 850 since 2005. All this time, I have experienced absolutely NO PROBLEMS. Of course, it is not new and I had to replace exhaust and shock, but first one was just old and I am sure thta it was my fault that shock is gone. But this car is VERY comfortable - I tested lots of cars and did not find more comfortable one! In addition, it is big enough for outdoor activity, I tow even jet-sky! Resume - it is pity that it is getting old... I LOVE IT!"

10 people out of 10 found this review helpful