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1996 Volvo 850 Engine Problems and Repair Histories

Don't infer 1996 Volvo 850 problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 1996 Volvo 850 repairs by problem area

37% of the 1996 Volvo 850 repairs were to the engine, 5% to the transmission, 15% to the brakes, 17% to the suspension, 16% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 1% to the body and trim, and 9% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 149 repairs.

1996 Volvo 850 engine repair cost distribution

Of the 1996 Volvo 850 engine repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 33% cost between $100 and $499, 38% between $500 and $999, 19% between $1000 and $2499, and 10% more than $2500.

Chart based on 21 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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Repair costs are in local units.

1996 Volvo 850

Engine not specified

Volvo in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2008 127000    
128000 200 Leaking rear cam seal - engine was loosing oil. Replaced seal.  
137000 500 Broken turbo cooling hose causing a coolant leak - had to be replaced.  
 
Volvo in Victoria, Australia
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2009 106020    
107260 0 Lost coolant - radiator replaced. 
107880 0 Coolant loss - heater core hose had a perforation.  Air flow sensor failed on a mountain highway. Nice. 
 

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1996 Volvo 850 4-door

turbocharged 5-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volvo in Colorado, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2008 120000    
135000 500 Replaced oxygen sensor and spark plugs due to misfiring engine and poor fuel mileage. 
140000 600 Car came in with check engine light. Mechanic pulled no engine codes and recommended engine, and transmission flush. Reset light, car runs like a top. 
170000 670 Hoses are beginning to wear out. Oil seals wearing out. 
Volvo in Massachusetts, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2008 152000    
153000 240 Volvo 850 Turbo (96) had a "slow reporting" O2 sensor. It needed to be replaced. Part is ~150 and an hour of labor to install is ~75. Need to get car inspected, otherwise I might not have fixed this. 
154000 800 Fuel pump died and the car would not start.Towed the car to the dealer and was at thier mercy.$800 dollars(~400 part ~400 labor) to replace the pump. Car runs again and hopfully I will get another year or two out of it. 
163000 0 The check engine light was on. Codes indicated a need for new O2 sensors. Plus I needed new tires soon. I didn't want to spend a lot of cash on this car. 

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1996 Volvo 850 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volvo in Quebec, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2008 174840    
177320 50000 CRANK SEAL - LEAK 
 

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1996 Volvo 850 4-door

5-cylinder manual 2WD

Volvo in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2008 85560    
96100 1000 Cracked exhaust manifold. Replaced.  
107880 500 Leak in the exhaust system fixed just before we sold it. 
Volvo in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2008 98000    
98000 1495 Catalytic converter cracked, noisy exhaust and O2 sensor code on check engine light. Converter replaced with aftermarket unit. 
98000 380 Heavy black smoke from exhaust. Shop diagnosed faulty air mass meter and replaced. 
101000 0 Car needed piston rings and smoked so much it would not pass inspection. Decided repair cost was much more than value of car. Replaced with 2005 Honda Accord. 

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1996 Volvo 850 4-door

5-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volvo in Victoria, Australia
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2008 109120    
109740 588 Radiator leak. I had an oil leak caused by driving over a gutter a year ago. I don't know if that could have had something to do with it. 
117800 60 Car overheating while driving. Put water in radiator. Still overheating. Called repair guy to come over (RACV in Melbourne Australia). Said it was thermostat. Ok to drive home. Drove to mechanic to have thermostat replaced. 
124000 450 Car making slight noise. Told the catalytic converter needs to be replaced. Told 4-5 months left maximum. Used after market version instead of $100 Volvo version. My decision to replace it now. 
124000  

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1996 Volvo 850 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volvo in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2008 143000    
152000 0 Fuel intake valve had to be replaced & engine making noise. Repair shop manager purchased car and paid for repairs - not worth it for owner to have repairs made. 

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