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$31k in Repairs Spent on a $38k 850R

This takes the cake for repair bill stories. In 10 years of running this site, I’ve never heard of something like it.

So I added up the repair receipts that came with my 1997 850R that I bought from a friend.

They totaled $31,412.00
Less body work $8,055.00

Volvo’s MSRP was $38,685 for an 850 R model year 1997. That was the MSRP of the R sedan, not wagon. An 850 R wagon would have subtracted $40,135 from your wallet — and neither number includes Volvo’s “destination” charge of $495. Options could have put it a bit higher, but I don’t think there were many/any for R Volvos in 1997.


854 O850$26,710
854 A850$27,685
854 GTO850$28,040
854 GTA850$29,015
854 GTOS850$29,240
854 GTAS850$30,215
854 GLTGLT$31,835
854 T5T5$34,500
854 RR$38,685
855 O850$28,010
855 A850$28,985
855 GTO850$29,340
855 GTA850$30,315
855 GTOS850$30,540
855 GTAS850$31,515
855 GLTGLT$33,135
855 T5T5$35,800
855 RR$40,135



  1. 850 O/A/Gto/Gta/Gtos/Gtas Models Have Plush Upholstery As Standard.
  2. 850 Glt And T5 Models Have Velour As Standard.
  3. 850 Glt Replaces My 96 Gtas (New Engine).
  4. Gtos/Gtas Model Content Equals Gto/Gta With Addition Of Sunroof.
  5. 850 T5 Has Dual Power Seats With Memory And In-Dash Cd-Player As Standard Features.

Anyway, if it’s a sedan, the repairs + body work = exactly 80% of the cost of the car.

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Holy Cow! $31,412.00 in repairs over 10 years!

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