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1996 Volvo 850 repairs by problem area

Engine (37%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (15%)

Suspension and Steering (17%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (16%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (1%)

Other (9%)

Chart based on 149 repairs.
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1996 Volvo 850 engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (10%)

$1000 - $2499 (19%)

$500 - $999 (38%)

$100 - $499 (33%)

< $100 (0%)

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.

1996 Volvo 850

Engine not specified

238700 mi Oil cooler leaked in a recently replaced Nissan radiator. Radiator had to be replaced. The oil softened the coolant hoses resulting in overheating and head warpage. Not repaired. 
245000 mi

US $100
Cam position sensor failed due to the rotating plate coming loose and destroying sensor. 
215000 mi cracked heater core when sold; would have been $800 
155000 mi

US $250
Replaced Timing belt,Tensioner pully,Tensioner,Idler Pully and Water Pump All OEM Parts 
107260 mi Lost coolant - radiator replaced. 
107880 mi Coolant loss - heater core hose had a perforation.  Air flow sensor failed on a mountain highway. Nice. 
128000 mi

US $200
Leaking rear cam seal - engine was loosing oil. Replaced seal.  
137000 mi

US $500
Broken turbo cooling hose causing a coolant leak - had to be replaced.  
180000 mi Engine valve burned, destroying engine. Sold car to junk yard for $400. 

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1996 Volvo 850 4-door

turbocharged 5-cylinder automatic 2WD

153000 mi

US $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 mi

US $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 mi 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. 
206000 mi

US $400
flunked emissions: replaced pcv system, replaced air hoses with silicone hoses. heater core, thermostat, thermostat sensor, radiator hoses. 
172000 mi

US $2000
Front cam seals and rear main seals, $765. PCV system replaced, $485. Exhaust cam replaced, $300. 
177000 mi

US $50
Dipstick replaced. 
188500 mi

US $700
Slow coolant leak that got worse. Turned out to be a radiator leak. Radiator replaced. Leaks from vacuum lines and oil leaks from separator near PCV and related lines. 
189000 mi

US $150
Lower oil cooler line leaking at connection to engine block. Replaced. 
197000 mi

US $220
Oil leak from turbo oil return line due to worn out gasket at engine block. 
198000 mi

US $500
Mass airflow sensor failed, causing the car to lose idle and stall at low speeds and hesitate/lose power at highway speeds. 
94000 mi

US $350
Replaced heater core & all related hoses 
135000 mi

US $500
Replaced oxygen sensor and spark plugs due to misfiring engine and poor fuel mileage. 
140000 mi

US $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 mi

US $670
Hoses are beginning to wear out. Oil seals wearing out. 
164000 mi

US $300
Radiator leak. Replaced radiator and hoses 
114700 mi

US $60
Replace electrical part of ignition switch 
184760 mi

C $130
fuel pump relay failed 

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1996 Volvo 850 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

177320 mi

C $50000

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1996 Volvo 850 4-door

5-cylinder manual 2WD

154380 mi

Car 'shut down' totally whilst en-route. I traced the fault to be a dead fuel pump. 278 from Volvo. Got one from a scrap yard for 50. Fitted myself & all, os far is good! Took a code 2-1-2 = faulty o2 sensor (Lambda) replaced old o2 with new. 
157480 mi Engine top mount worn out. Diagnosed by a mechanic, but parts on order to self-fit. 
169260 mi

PCV oil trap and pipes replaced as a kit . Symptoms, smoke puffing through dip stick tube. 
175460 mi

Expansion chamber cap (Grey) split causing coolant to spray out. Replaced with the later (green) style cap. 
96100 mi

C $1000
Cracked exhaust manifold. Replaced.  
108500 mi

C $500
Leak in the exhaust system fixed just before we sold it. 
98000 mi

US $1495
Catalytic converter cracked, noisy exhaust and O2 sensor code on check engine light. Converter replaced with aftermarket unit. 
98000 mi

US $380
Heavy black smoke from exhaust. Shop diagnosed faulty air mass meter and replaced. 
101000 mi 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

109740 mi

A $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 mi

A $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 mi

A $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. 
162000 mi

US $1750
Installed used header. Replaced exhaust and flange gaskets. 
186000 mi

US $950
Cracked head. 
192000 mi Serious engine misfires in all cylinders, unknown cause. Car has not reproduced this. 
194000 mi Major oil leak from engine. 
212500 mi

US $3100
Oil leak, exhaust system,  

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1996 Volvo 850 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

214000 mi

Car would not get warm anymore, replaced both thermostat and heater sensor (engine). 
215000 mi

PCV replaced, Oil changed 

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1996 Volvo 850 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

155000 mi 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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