The Volvo 850 was a compact executive vehicle manufactured from 1991 to 1996 by Volvo. The car was first launched in a saloon body style; the estate style was not introduced until 1993. The Volvo 850 was unveiled in 1991, and the vehicle featured multiple unprecedented features for Volvo; these included a transverse 5-cylinder engine, a Delta-link rear axle, and a side impact protection system. However, if your 850 does end up having problems, having a Volvo 850 workshop manual may help get the job done.
In 1991, the Volvo 850 was introduced in Europe. It featured a newly developed 5-cylinder transverse engine with the Delta-link rear axle, and the Side Impact Protection System (SIPS), badged as 850 GLT and came with a choice 2.0 L 20V or a 2.5 L engines.
The 850 was brought to the United States in 1992, making it Volvo's first FWD car on the U.S. market. Volvo's 850 models were popular. The first-generation models were produced between 1993 and 1994. Available in both saloon and estate versions, the 850 was offered with either a manual 5-speed or automatic 4-speed transmissions. Volvo created what it called a ""Delta-link semi-independent rear suspension"" for the 850. Moreover, in February of 1993, the estate version of the 850 went on sale.
In 1994, Volvo called for a facelift for all 850 models. The facelift subtly altered the visual appearance of the car. Beginning with the 1995 model year, Volvo introduced the SIPS-Bag airbags on the 850. A ""Platinum"" edition was made available in 1996, of the 850 Turbo.
For 1995, the limited edition 850 T-5R was offered. It rapidly became a great success. Initially, called the 850 Plus 5, the vehicle was based on the 850 Turbo, it used the B5234T4 engine with a special ECU, which gave the engine an extra 18 hp boost for a grand total of 243 hp and 250 lb⋅ft (340 N⋅m) of torque. The engine was paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission or 5-speed manual transmission, depending on the buyers choice. Fine tuning the engine was a joint effort with Porsche, as was the transmission along with other powertrain components.
The 850 has since been discontinued. However, don't forget if you ever need help repairing your 850, having a Volvo 850 service manual can make any repair job go easier.