"I've owned Volvos for 35 years. This is the second 850. 215K miles andNOTHING has broken. Original muffler, shocks and only the second battery. Change the oil and tires is all...oh, I changed the spark plugs at 110K! Have hit 3 deer and repairs were easy. This is a nice, convenient, solid feeling car and it's SAFE! the only bad thing is I can't get a brand new one just like it!"
"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."
"My parents bought me an 850GLT for my first car, it had 90k miles on it at the time and the only problem was the breaks.
2k miles into driving it, my odometer broke, and was stuck on 92,455, this can be easily fixed by buying the odometer gear from IPD (google it) and can be done yourself for under $50, (compared to the $300 the dealership will charge you.
I used the car's computer to access just how many miles were on my car and turned the odometer accordingly,
This is a great first car, and is extremely reliable. the car is 13 years old and the motor still pulls strong.
One downside is the lack of space in the rear seats, but there is plenty of room in the front, as well as having a gigantic trunk.
If you check one out and the breaks are are noisy, it is a common occurence with 850's to have squeaky breaks"