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1994 Volvo 850 Turbo Wagon from Whitedog in Iowa City, Product Review

Effective Living > Mobility

Summary. This document a review of a 1994 Volvo 850 Turbo Wagon purchased on 2 January 2008 from Whitedog Auto in Iowa City. The 1994 Volvo 850 Turbo Wagon was tested over about 4 months from January to May of 2008. During that time, some minor repairs were made.

BenefitsVolvo wagons are popular because they offer the seating capacity of a typical four-door car, with the additional storage space of a larger vehicle. Volvos are considered to be one of the safest and most reliable vehicles available. As a manufacturer, Volvo’s product line is diversified and includes airplanes, automobiles, buses (including hybrid buses for city transit systems), fuel-efficient construction equipment, marine engines, and trucks. Because of cross-industry experience and technology transference, the tradition of durability and heritage of excellence extend throughout the Volvo line of products, which means a volvo automobile has the aerodynamics of an airplane, the water imperviousness of a marine engine, the durability of a truck designed for long-haul cross country transportation, and the strength of industrial construction machinery, all in a vehicle designed to meet the wants and needs of consumers.

Drawbacks. Larger vehicles, like the Volvo wagon, are slightly more difficult to park. Volvo station wagons, like other larger vehicles, typically have poorer fuel efficiency compared to hybrids or small vehicles such as the Toyota Yaris or Honda Fit. This is why small cars are so popular. As with any high-end vehicle that is loaded with features and options, the cost of ongoing maintenance can be higher than an economy vehicle. For older import vehicles, the cost of repairing some of the luxury features can be costly.

By Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson is a freelance writer and tech consultant in Iowa City. He is also the founder and Director of the ResourcesForLife.com website. Learn more at AboutGregJohnson.com