Following up on the popular T-5R sport sedans offered in spring 95, Volvo adds another new sporty version for the fall--a Platinum Limited... Read More
Following up on the popular T-5R sport sedans offered in spring 95, Volvo adds another new sporty version for the fall--a Platinum Limited Edition 850 sedan and wagon. Only about 1500 are imported for the fall, equipped with the 222-horsepower turbocharged engine, leather seats, and 16-inch wheels as the T-5R; but Volvo replaced the yellow paint with a metallic pearl white platinum. Volvo added a second turbocharged model in the spring--the Volvo 850 R--equipped with a special Bosch engine-management system that programs the turbo to produce 240 horsepower from the same 2.3-liter 5-cylinder. All of Volvos turbocharged models come only with the 4-speed automatic. Minimize
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Mar 5, 2003
Who cares how old it is?
Pros: Extremely Safe and reliable.
Cons: A little boxy.
This car is just as good as the ones that are selling brand new today! It has all the same features and it's less money! Read More at Epinions.com
Oct 26, 2002
1996 850 T-5
Pros: It's a Volvo, it's safe and QUICK!
Cons: When I drive my hips/lower back hurt.
Buy a Volvo or buy a bicycle. Read More at Epinions.com
Jul 12, 2000
It doesn't get any better than a Volvo!
Pros: Everything, great car!
Cons: Large headrests make it hard to see! Read More at Epinions.com
Jul 27, 2002
My first real grown-up car!
Pros: Pretty much everything - leather, power everything, great sound system, quiet interior.
Cons: Nothing yet.
This car rocks! Read More at Epinions.com
Jan 3, 2001
Great Luxury Wagon
Pros: Safety Cage, Roomy interior, Reliable
Cons: 5 cyl. engine, road noise Read More at Epinions.com
Nov 5, 1999
Sporty, Fun and Safe
Pros: Power, comfort, dependability
Cons: location of buttons for windows and mirrors Read More at Epinions.com
Jul 14, 2002
Porsche-Powered Bread Box can be dressed up for light track duty
Pros: Legendary Volvo safety, front wheel drive, excellent fuel economy, many aftermarket upgrades
Cons: More squeaks and rattles than expected, base model slightly underpowered, limited availability of 5-speed wagons
A great, reliable, safety-oriented car with a lot of performance upgrades available. Read More at Epinions.com
Jan 23, 2006
Pretty fly for a Volvo wagon
Pros: Sleek, well-appointed, excellent passive AND active safety features, and that celebrated Volvo longevity
Cons: Make sure you get a good one, as repairs can be costly
Safe, dependable (reasonably), rugged, and a genuine pleasure to drive. Read More at Epinions.com
Nov 26, 2001
1996 Volvo 850 Sedan: Great car for the money
Pros: Best seats in the world, reliable, roomy, fast enough, well built
Cons: Noisy at high speeds, harsh ride, outdated interior
A great used car buy if you can find one with reasonable mileage. Best seats in the world, reliable, roomy. Well built. I would buy it again. Read More at Epinions.com
Oct 22, 2002
Pros: Safe, fast and fun to drive
Cons: Road noise, harsh ride.
Great car, I understand from visiting some of the many Volvo sites, that the '96 is one of the best years for the 850 Read More at Epinions.com
Dec 24, 2009
Solid Used Car, Great DIY'er car
Pros: Easy to work on, well documented DIY instructions. Lots of low cost used parts.
Cons: Wrench it yourself, otherwise mechanics still try to charge a repair premium because it's European.
Bargain used car but solid in performance and safety. Would buy this used over a low-end new car. Read More at Epinions.com