1997 Volvo 850 consumer reviews

$26,710–$29,340 MSRP range
side view of 1997 850 Volvo
100% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.3
  • Reliability 4.6
Explore the 1997 Volvo 850
4.1

This car is a work horse

What can I say? This car is a work horse. It was gifted to me by my brother who had owned it for 3 years. This car does nothing spectacular... it simply does everything well. It has somewhere north of 250K and the A/C still blows cold. It gets a solid 27 mpg and it has seats that are so comfortable... they simply don't make them like this anymore. Considering one can be purchased for $600 to $1500 these days, you cannot go wrong.

4.1

Road warrior

One of the safest cars around. Heavy car, safest in it's day and still getting 26mpg after 21 years and 234K miles. With age comes the reality of replacing parts, cannot get away from that. Up to date maintenance helped the vehicle serve me well. Might just get another 100K miles from it in the end. If you see one around and are looking for a 2nd car, check it out.

4.4

Great commutet

At a hundred seventy seven thousand miles still getting 29 miles to the gallon. Mine is a standard shift well taken care of.

4.3

Most reliable car I've owned

This car is safe comfortable has pep when asked for it sturdy tracks beautifully hugs the road has ergonomic seat perfect for tall person with bad back and seats are heated

4.1

Long may you run

I bought my wife a 1997 Volvo 850 wagon 3 years ago to get her through the winter while I was working out of town. The odometer wasn't working and had stopped at 249,000 miles. I did a carfax report on the car and found out the odometer read 249,000 miles when the car was serviced 7 years before I bought it. My wife put roughly 40,000 miles on it in 3 years, plus however many miles were put on it for 7 years that the odo didn't work. The carfax report also showed me the car had spent most of its life in the northeast US. I replaced the pcv system myself for about $150 in parts and a couple hours of time. Otherwise this car has given us no trouble what so ever, but it's finally time to let it go.....because I couldn't pass up the deal I got on a 1998 Volvo 850 wagon!

5.0

A dedication to the Silver Surfer 2009-2015

Yup! Most reliable car I've owned in my life so far. Bought her in March 3rd 2009 at an auction in Washington DC while living in the Baltimore MD area. Car had 129,000 miles on the ODO. Was an ex-California car traded in. Immediately changed the timing belt/water pump and idler pulley per recommendation of my best friend from high school days who happens to be an ASE cert mechanic. Drove her all over MD and W.VA and VA, moved down to Norfolk VA for a few months, she carried me and the wife down in style and safety, then job prospects opened up in RI, so we packed up and folded them rear seats down (can only do it in a Volvo no American car does to the best of my knowledge) loaded every thing we had in her and drove to Neuport RI. Averaging approx 27mpg with the AC on full. By now the car to some....a part of our family to us, had 143,000 miles on the Odo. We replaced 4 tires and did a complete tune up. Drove her all over MA and RI, then got news that my dad was sick up in MI., so we dropped the job in RI, found a job in MI and again became gypsies. By now our 1997 Volvo 850 GLT Turbo Sedan was christened "Silversurfer". She had been given a name! She was up in the 147,000 miles range. AC went kaput, got that fixed, and she trudged on. After a wash she shined...folks always asked "what year is the car? It looks brand new!".... Got to MI, drove her around all over my job was 45 miles from the house, so yup y'all guessed it, the mileage kept racking up. We decided to again make MI our home once again, be near family and all. After the passing of my folks, I went and bought an awd suv. American made! Wanted a Volvo but was told the XC90 had nothing but transmission and wheel bearing problems. Also was told that the newer "Ford" owned Volvo's were junk. So the wifey decided from now on the VOLVO was HERS! And Silver Surfer took her places in safety and style. At 200,000 miles we did another timing belt assembly change from the nearest Volvo dealer in the area as in SESI Volvo in Ann Arbor MI. At 212000 miles she started having issues. Volvo parts are not cheap, specially when dealer fixes. So after an electrical system check/repair (the running lights stopped working), the AC died, the sunroof stopped working (would open but not close) it was with a heavy heart we decided to part ways. So through cars.com we found my wife a 2014 CPO Ford Focus. Missing the Volvo, everyday, we swore that one day when we make more money in a paycheck we will go back to the Volvo, but will forever miss the years with the "Silver Surfer" or 1st car together as a married couple. So after my narration to y'all: 1997 Volvo 850 GLT -If I could give her 10 stars I would!!! Best car I've and we've owned in our lives!!! The car was recently sold off to one of my wife's colleagues for a $1. He shall fix her up and drive till dead! .....Best of luck our Silver Surfer, may you give your new owners the joy and safety in life that you gave us.!

4.3

Great car for 12 years.

I bought my 1997 Volvo 850 used in 2000 with 29,000 mile on it. It just turned 202,000 and I've never had a major problem with it. It has never failed to start and get me to my destination. I have loved this car and wish I could buy a new one just like it. It has been the best car I've ever owned.

5.0

Excellent Car for the Buck

I bought my 850 three years ago and it is still running great. I only replaced the alternator which was normal wear and tear. AC and other components are like new. Great car for the buck.

4.1

She has been great!

I bought this car new since I had to special order it with a manual transmission. It has 165K on it and has had very few problems and those were all minor. It is the 850 Wagon. I wish they still made them for when I have to replace it.

4.3

850VOLVO

i LOVED MY FIRST 850 SAME AS THIS ONE NO DIFF AND I LOVE IT YOU WILL TOO.SO IF YOU TRY IT YOU WILL LOVE IT.