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1996 Volvo 850 Problems and Repair Histories

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.

1996 Volvo 850 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (17%)

$500 - $999 (41%)

$100 - $499 (35%)

< $100 (2%)

Chart based on 46 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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1996 Volvo 850

Engine not specified

Volvo in Florida, United States
Sep 2010 - Oct 2011
Oct 2010

231000 mi

US $170
Repaired easily Replaced a defective starter 
Jul 2011

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. 
Oct 2011

245000 mi

US $100
Cam position sensor failed due to the rotating plate coming loose and destroying sensor. 
Volvo in Victoria, Australia
Oct 2009 - Sep 2013
Nov 2009

107260 mi
Lost coolant - radiator replaced. A/C compressor failed and was replaced. 
Dec 2009

107880 mi
Coolant loss - heater core hose had a perforation.  Air flow sensor failed on a mountain highway. Nice. 
Feb 2012

115500 mi
ABS module replaced 
Volvo in New Jersey, United States
Jun 2009 - Mar 2010
Jul 2009

66000 mi

US $650
Brakes mostly 
Volvo in California, United States
Mar 2011 - Jun 2012
Sep 2011

155000 mi

US $370
door check failed Replaced Timing belt,Tensioner pully,Tensioner,Idler Pully and Water Pump All OEM Parts 
Volvo in North Carolina, United States
Feb 2011 - Mar 2011
Mar 2011

214000 mi
cracked heater core when sold; would have been $800 
Volvo in Maryland, United States
Sep 2011 - Jun 2012
Jun 2012

169000 mi
Engine valve burned, destroying engine. Sold car to junk yard for $400. 
Volvo in Texas, United States
Aug 2008 - Mar 2010
Sep 2008

128000 mi

US $200
Leaking rear cam seal - engine was loosing oil. Replaced seal.  Front brake pads worn past minimum tolerences - front pads replaced.  
Jun 2009

137000 mi

US $500
Broken turbo cooling hose causing a coolant leak - had to be replaced.  
Volvo in Massachusetts, United States
May 2011 - Jun 2012
Jan 2012

82000 mi
When I started the car inst. cluster lights go on. As I drive and hit the slightest bump they go off. After the car is warm they will stay on when car is restarted. In the summer it happens but less often. 

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1996 Volvo 850 4-door

turbocharged 6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volvo in Illinois, United States
Aug 2010 - Feb 2011
Sep 2010

149000 mi

US $1250
Dashboard lights were completely out. Dealer eventually discovered a malfunctioning wire; but did not replace the bulbs until the 2nd trip. 
Nov 2010

149000 mi
After last trip to the dealer to repair earlier problems, I discovered that the odometer was no longer working. Too costly to repair. 
Feb 2011 Traded with odometer no longer working. 

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1996 Volvo 850 4-door

turbocharged 5-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volvo in Washington, United States
Feb 2010 - Jun 2012
Mar 2010

94000 mi

US $350
Replaced heater core & all related hoses 
Jul 2011

95000 mi

US $135
Leaking Evaporator 
Volvo in Connecticut, United States
May 2010 - Jun 2011
Jul 2010

206000 mi

US $400
flunked emissions: replaced pcv system, replaced air hoses with silicone hoses. heater core, thermostat, thermostat sensor, radiator hoses. replaced end links, shocks. 
Volvo in Illinois, United States
Dec 2009 - Mar 2011
Feb 2010

172000 mi

US $2000
Front cam seals and rear main seals, $765. PCV system replaced, $485. Exhaust cam replaced, $300. 
Jun 2010

177000 mi

US $50
Dipstick replaced. Front sway bar end links replaced. 
Volvo in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2010 - Oct 2014
Nov 2010

168640 mi

C $700
car was in storage for 18 months, and needed to get it safetied to get it back on the road 
Apr 2012

184760 mi

C $130
fuel pump relay failed 
Dec 2013

201500 mi

C $700
seized upper strut bearings both sides front 
Volvo in Ohio, United States
Mar 2010 - Jul 2011
Mar 2011

164000 mi

US $300
Radiator leak. Replaced radiator and hoses 
Volvo in Massachusetts, United States
Aug 2008 - Sep 2009
Sep 2008

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. 
Nov 2008

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. 
Aug 2009

163000 mi

US $600
new brake pads and rotors 
Sep 2009

163000 mi
There were a few unresolved problems which would have kept the car from passing inspection. The emergency brakes didn't work. 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. 
Volvo in Minnesota, United States
Jul 2010 - Jun 2012
Oct 2010

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. 
Nov 2010

189000 mi

US $150
Front passenger side axle boot torn and repaired. Lower oil cooler line leaking at connection to engine block. Replaced. 
Sep 2011

196000 mi

US $80
Left tailgate gas strut broke. Replaced strut. 
Nov 2011

197000 mi
ABS light comes on periodically. Could be ABS control module or wheel sensor. Difficult to diagnose. Does not affect regular braking and have decided to live with issue for awhile. 
Dec 2011

197000 mi

US $220
Odometer stopped working. Teeth on gear broke and needed to be replaced. Oil leak from turbo oil return line due to worn out gasket at engine block. Cruise control has never worked properly. Vacuum line in engine compartment was cracked. 
Feb 2012

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. 
Apr 2012

199300 mi

US $100
Emergency brake seized up and was grinding on drum Prevented wheel from rotating when changing from snow to regular tires. 
Volvo in California, United States
Feb 2009 - Jan 2012
Sep 2009

US $735
Replaced left front bearing. Axle, cv joint cover. 
Jun 2010

236000 mi

US $80
Recharged A/C. 
Jan 2011

239000 mi

US $400
Discovered that my Volvo needed front brakes and rotors (also needs rear brakes and rotors, but this will be done at a future time).  Also needed to repair windshield washer jets that were plugged. 
May 2011

243000 mi

US $350
First time in the mechanic recharged the refrigerant and supposedly checked for leaks. He appearently didn't becuase the refrigerant leaked out and the AC stopped running again. Was fixed on second trip. 
Volvo in California, United States
Mar 2009 - Jun 2012
Jun 2009

103000 mi

US $40
ABS module replaced with remanufactured one. Replaced struts, strut bearings and spring seats 
Jul 2011

114700 mi

US $60
Replace electrical part of ignition switch 
Feb 2012

119000 mi

US $400
Replaced front hub/bearing assembly with Timken because of noise Replaced control arms tie rod ends and stabliser links with Mayle parts 
Volvo in Indiana, United States
Oct 2008 - Mar 2010
Nov 2008

227000 mi

US $650
Lower control arm and half shaft replacement. Slapped a set of rear pads in. No rotor replacement 
Mar 2009

235000 mi

US $850
Frozen alternator - replaced with new, new serpentine belt. Tensioner OK. 
Volvo in Colorado, United States
Aug 2008 - Jun 2012
Dec 2008

135000 mi

US $425
Heater core failed after 12 years of service. 
Mar 2009

135000 mi

US $500
Replaced oxygen sensor and spark plugs due to misfiring engine and poor fuel mileage. 
Sep 2009

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. Brake pads front and rear replaced also. 
Jun 2010

141000 mi

US $700
Power steering pump wore out. 
Mar 2011

150000 mi

US $550
Replaced suspension parts on front end. 
May 2011

153300 mi
Fluids and A/C recharge. This car is bullet proof. 
Feb 2012

160000 mi

US $350
Battery died and performed routine oil and filter 
Jun 2012

170000 mi

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

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1996 Volvo 850 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volvo in Quebec, Canada
Aug 2008 - Mar 2010
Dec 2008

177320 mi

C $50000
CRANK SEAL - LEAK 

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1996 Volvo 850 4-door

5-cylinder manual 2WD

Volvo in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2008 - Aug 2011
Apr 2009

96100 mi

C $1000
Cracked exhaust manifold. Replaced.  
Jul 2009

98580 mi

C $350
Radio antenna wouldn't go up so reception bad. Replaced whole antenna assembly 
Mar 2011

107260 mi
Vibration when speed exceeds 90 km/hour. Replaced front disc brake pads, rotors and calipers. 
Aug 2011

107880 mi

C $500
Leak in the exhaust system fixed just before we sold it. 
Volvo in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2008 - Sep 2011
Dec 2008

104160 mi

C $300
Left & right sway bar end links replaced,rear coil spring bump stop clip replaced. 
Volvo in Virginia, United States
Sep 2008 - Jan 2010
Jan 2009

98000 mi

US $1495
Catalytic converter cracked, noisy exhaust and O2 sensor code on check engine light. Converter replaced with aftermarket unit. Replaced rear brake pads and rotors and fixed seized calipers. 
Feb 2009

98000 mi

US $380
Heavy black smoke from exhaust. Shop diagnosed faulty air mass meter and replaced. 
Jan 2010

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. 
Volvo in France
Feb 2010 - Sep 2012
Mar 2010

153760 mi
Seized brake caliper. Found by 'Controle technique' so failed the test. Self-repaired at no cost. 
May 2010

154380 mi

€100
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. 
Jul 2010

157480 mi
Anti-roll bar drop links worn out. Diagnosed by a mechanic, but parts on order to self-fit. Engine top mount worn out. Diagnosed by a mechanic, but parts on order to self-fit. 
Mar 2011

165540 mi

€10
Driver door stay check-hinge had snapped. Door would open with a load 'crack' noise & would not stay in one of the three 'locaters'. I bought and fitted a 2nd hand one. 
May 2011

169260 mi

€700
PCV oil trap and pipes replaced as a kit . Symptoms, smoke puffing through dip stick tube. 
Dec 2011

175460 mi

€22
Expansion chamber cap (Grey) split causing coolant to spray out. Replaced with the later (green) style cap. 
Feb 2012

177320 mi
Front brake flexi hoses perished and/or split. 
Sep 2012

184760 mi
Reverse gear would not engage at all. Rear outer suspension bush (R/H side) failed. 

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1996 Volvo 850 4-door

5-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volvo in Maine, United States
Mar 2011 - Jun 2012
May 2011

212500 mi

US $3100
Oil leak, exhaust system,  suspension repair 
Apr 2012

243300 mi

US $1992
Replace brake pads 
Volvo in Indiana, United States
Feb 2011 - Jun 2012
Aug 2011

126000 mi

US $75
replaced the window switch 
May 2012

129700 mi

US $100
i replaced the heater core and the evaporator 
Volvo in Virginia, United States
Sep 2009 - Aug 2013
Feb 2010

99000 mi

US $60
Driver's seat belt would not operate properly at times. Replace with a used seat belt from a salvage yard. 
Volvo in New Jersey, United States
Aug 2008 - Jul 2012
Sep 2008

130000 mi

US $250
Replaced headliner. 
Jun 2011

167000 mi

US $60
Front left turn signal/parking light lens fell out of body due to retaining spring attachment breaking. Retaining spring recovered. Entire new lens/bulb holder unit required. 
Jul 2012

178000 mi

US $163
Broken linkage - both sides replaced. 
Volvo in Maine, United States
Oct 2009 - Apr 2011
Apr 2011

196000 mi
Peridodic severe shaking of steering wheel, loss of power, no CEL illuminated. 
Volvo in Victoria, Australia
Aug 2008 - Dec 2011
Nov 2008

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. 
Jun 2010

116560 mi

A $200
Glove box lock replaced (second time, they often fail on this car) 
Dec 2010

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. 
Oct 2011

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. 
Volvo in Virginia, United States
Sep 2009 - Jun 2012
Oct 2009

150000 mi

US $50
No sound from rear door speakers; found them to be dry rotted/cracked. Replaced with non-OEM speakers. 
Feb 2010

162000 mi

US $1750
Replaced ABS/Traction controller removed dash cluster, replaced odometer gear and bulbs. Check for real mileage: 2/8/10 160,724 actual miles.  Read and reset ABS codes. Installed used header. Replaced exhaust and flange gaskets. Cruise Control fixed: Repaired broken vacuum hose and 6 tie straps. Check Rear Washer - Replaced rear washer filter, unclogged and aimed sprayer, replaced delivery valve. 
Mar 2010

163000 mi
Had the headlamp wipers/washers repaired. Replaced one motor, one valve, and the wiper blades. 
Apr 2010

165000 mi

US $1875
The transmission gave out, and was replaced with a used transmission from a 98 V70. 
Jul 2010

168000 mi

US $40
A/C was cycling cold/warm. Recharged with R134 refrigerant. Blowing ice cold now. 
Aug 2011

178000 mi

US $40
Rear drivers side brake line had a pinhole leak. Replaced copper line and bled brakes. 
Volvo in Maine, United States
Oct 2009 - Oct 2010
Nov 2009

179000 mi

US $400
Replaced control arms. 
Dec 2009

181000 mi

US $400
Right axle wore out. It was a poor quality Chinese replacement part. It did wear out in less then two years time. 
Jan 2010

182000 mi

US $250
Right axle repair. 
Mar 2010

186000 mi

US $950
Cracked head. 
Aug 2010

192000 mi
Serious engine misfires in all cylinders, unknown cause. Car has not reproduced this. 
Sep 2010

192000 mi
Major oil leak from engine. 

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1996 Volvo 850 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

Volvo in Great Britain
Mar 2010 - Jun 2012
Jun 2010

201000 mi

£150
Wishbone, suspension arm had to be replaced. 
Jul 2010

203000 mi

£60
Replaced Front sway bar links. Got noticed by MOT technician. Car was tested OK, but advice was given for replacement. 
Dec 2010

211000 mi

£150
Replaced CV-boot (outside) on drivers side (RH). Replaced wishbone on driver's side (RH). 
Jan 2011

214000 mi

£40
Car would not get warm anymore, replaced both thermostat and heater sensor (engine). 
Feb 2011

215000 mi

£230
PCV replaced, Oil changed Rear discs & pads replaced. 
Mar 2011

219000 mi

£158
Replaced rear-shocks and spings. Have put non self leveling in this time.  
Jul 2011

224000 mi

£45
Rear arm bush broke, replaced. 

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1996 Volvo 850 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volvo in Ohio, United States
Aug 2009 - Jan 2011
Dec 2009

185000 mi
odometer gear broke 
Apr 2010

186300 mi

US $1300
Muffler Steering 
Sep 2010

189000 mi
Shocks need to be replaced. 
Oct 2010

189000 mi
Replaced headlight and two tail lights. 
Jan 2011 Needed new shocks when sold. Odometer broken at 180646. 
Volvo in Ohio, United States
Aug 2008 - Dec 2009
Dec 2009

152000 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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1996 Volvo 850 Repair Histories

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