Share your volvo 850 buying experience.
[By Ozark Lee, taken from this Volvo Forum thread]
I bought a ’96 850 a few months ago in Chicago for $550.00 with the doc fees off of eBay, I rented a trailer from Uhaul for $125.00 and then spent another $200.00 or so in gasoline to drag it home. 134 k miles on the clock and it had a loose battery cable – the control arms are shot but otherwise it is a dang decent car for my son – control arms are on the way.
My first 850 I also bought off of eBay and it was $1,300 in Indianapolis. The flight to pick it up from Kansas City was around $70.00. The cab ride to the stealership was closer to $80.00.
The ’94 had all of the Volvo 850 issues, the odometer had quit, the glove box latch had broken, the sunroof shade was drooping, the rear suspension was clacking.
That was the best $1,300 I ever spent in my life.
Driving the car back from Indianapolis to my cabin at the Lake of the Ozarks, and its twisty roads, was the most fun I have had since I had my Porsche 914 in high school. My Porsche had a few warts as well but it had a soul – that is exactly how I feel about the 850’s. As a side note, the heater works a lot better on the 850 than it did on the 914 so the soul is warmer.
I am a decent shade tree mechanic. These cars will eat you alive if you take them to the dealership for repairs. They are also quite intuitive to repair and if you have decent mechanical abilities they are not hard to fix or maintain.
I have seen the other posts that suggest Hondas or Toyotas and other cars that have no soul. If pure reliability without minor issues along the way is your objective that is where you should go.
MVS Forum Member calbrit01 says:
Hi SoluTech & Co,
I am actually from Chester, England been in California for some 7 years now, first time I owned a Volvo was over here, great car can’t wait to drive the UK models though. As far a pricing is concerned, ( and it can be a complicated subject ) , I trade on both sides of the Atlantic, and I find its pretty much pound (Sterling) for dollar – I.e. if you pay a pound for something in the UK, you will pay a dollar for the same thing in the US ( well California anyway ! ) – except umbrellas its a luxury item here – Sorry don’t mean to rub it in with the crappy weather the UK is having at the moment, lol.
I would be interested to find out how you get on with the tranny selector bulbs, thats one of my outstanding jobs. What I do for bulbs though is, anytime I go down the scrap (wrecking US) yard I grab as many bulbs as are left on the car and just shove them in my pocket, your bound to get a few good ones. Good luck, and welcome to the forum – its saved me a wad of cash since I had to start working on my own car again, compliments of California Divorce Law 😀 ,
MVS Forum Member MadeInJapan added:
Not to continue with my ramblings but when we had our 850, our kid also loved that center seat…many trips were taken with it…we just packed all of our luggage around him and put a pillow on each side. It was his favorite spot to fall asleep in! Great Volvo design!