Cars we’re thankful we no longer own — 1994 Volvo 850 – Autoweek

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Harsh, hot 1994 Volvo 850

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One car thankful I no longer own is the 1994 850 sedan. Not a bad car, mind as these were quite back in the day, having not only the British Touring Car with Rickard Rydell at the but also the school run championship. with a 2.4-liter inline-five, got the job done, and in turbo form, were pretty fast. Not but fast on the interstates. Mine come with a turbo, and it come with Rickard

And actually there were a things that made it a rather harsh experience.

the 850 was a notoriously nose-heavy car, and it that pretty much the car was balancing itself on its front and the rear wheels were along for the ride. There are of nose-heavy cars, you’d say after all, that’s the engine is. But in the 850 that meant every little imperfection in the surface was communicated directly to the and the steering column, frequently a deafening boom.

This also translated a rattle-prone dash, which get even more rattly as it up in the sun. The harsh suspension and the dash were a nuisance to the where I would avoid parts of town entirely, and my route to destination along that weren’t riddled potholes. Since I was living in a metropolitan area on the East at the time, this meant my range of routes was quite

Perhaps my 850 was built with the suspension setup as Rickard BTCC 850 race car?

850 owners on forums swapped about how to soften up the front under-inflating the tires, over-inflating the installing new (and expensive) that might result in like a 20 percent improvement. you it. Some had gone ahead and the Eastern European route, smaller aftermarket wheels and high-profile tires.

A few swore the ride quality in the 850 was almost (after they spent of $1,000 on tires and wheels) when they combined with turning the stereo up, but in reality I suspect that it all resulted in more swearing. The thing that managed to relieve suspension from was having four people in the car a couple hundred pounds of luggage in the trunk to balance out the

Perhaps Volvo calibrated the suspension that way? By the year of ownership I’d had used to the car’s harsh suspension to the point that I myself that it was fine, and there was no need to grind my every time I drove a manhole cover. But then I a ride in a friend’s brand new Golf. which felt riding in a Mercedes-Benz S-class.

the Golf was back at the dealer times for borderline-unbelievable electrical before its mileage had even into the mid-four figures, but its seemed like that of a plutobarge compared to my BTCC-spec And I shudder to think how harsh the must have been in the sporty Volvo 850 T5R models larger wheels and their suspensions.

Jay Ramey

You can’t tell in the but it’s 90 degrees out. And the AC is

Another thing which the owning the 850 a harsh experience was that the A/C got up and left around the mark. Even when it was it wasn’t working very — it just wasn’t for Midwest or East Coast heat. The Volvo’s greenhouse plenty of glass turned the car well, a greenhouse.

The problem was the which could only be by removing the entire dash, a job was quoted at being well of four hours and a thousand in parts and labor if I recall The procedure frequently resulted in a dash, as the quality of plastics in the 850 widely during those and it would add a few hundred dollars to the bill if it broke.

Some shops offered sealants which some of quoted as largely repairing the 40 percent of the time — and sealants were still a hundred dollars in labor. The problem was that even a functioning A/C unit in the 850 was no match for coat summer heat and — it would have to be out all the time, and the fragile Volvo wouldn’t last long in regime.

On the positive side, the and the electronics were reliable, and the comfort level and seat were a good decade of their time. It never me stranded in the four years I owned it, it never failed to and the brakes had that legendary grip. Volvo 850s still be running decades now after their successors the S80 have all disappeared.

There just won’t be one in my

Editor’s Note

For the Thanksgiving this year, your editorial staff is looking at cars we’re thankful we no own. Keep an eye out during the holiday weekend and see if one of your turkeys gets a writeup.

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