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#135 of 505 Volvo 850 SW 1996/1997 AWD Version?
Dec 31, 2000 (9:51 am)
I have been researching the same model year Volvo wagon (and the '97 year). My father called to tell me that he looked it up in his archive set of Consumer Reports magazine in the April, 2000 volume and he says it is listed as one of their "good buys" in used cars. It also gets good ratings in Edmunds and the safety crash test ratings were very good. I, too, would love to know just how far the engine will go since I put about 22K miles per year on my cars and don't want to pay that kind of money unless I know the car will last. I am particularly looking for the AWD version of the Volvo 850 Wagon that premiered in 1996 or 1997 and was available in Europe and Canada. The 850 version of the Volvo AWD wagon is reputed to be much more reliable (although not as fanncy) as the V70, (which is listed by CR as a car to avoid at all costs!) but was unavailable in the US and is hard to find in Canada. I did find about 7 of the them listed as "Estate Wagons" in England all with fairly high milage, but certainly none above the 200K mile range, yet. Good luck!
#136 of 505 Picked up an 850R S/W
Jan 05, 2001 (9:24 am)
Information for all you shoppers out there.
I have just taken delivery of a 1996 Volvo 850R wagon. I bought this car from a Volvo dealer with 49750 miles with all the bells and whistles for $17038....Good luck in your search.
Jan 06, 2001 (4:35 am)
This is been a great car and I love it and hope to keep it for 10 years. My wagon is a fully loaded GLT that I bought as a demo with 6k miles, I have 22K miles now.
My only problems have been the right and left side blinkers working intermintitly, brake light once, driver side windshield washer jet stopped working and a low engine idle at times.
These were all fixed in one visit while under warranty. Replaced jet, fluid for the brakes, replaced contacts for blinkers. The idle problem was fixed by an software upgrade to the engine computer, don't know if it was a recall. My dealer Red Bank Volvo in NJ was very nice. Also where I bought it was very nice Garden State Volvo. Great car and like it much better than my 2001 Sienna.
#138 of 505 850R I envy you
Jan 07, 2001 (11:39 pm)
Believe it or not that sickly Nordic Yellow that they used on those introductory 850R's I think is hot. Matching that ugly color I/ the rocket of an engine in an I wagon and you're are bad and ugly too boot. Watch out for those early low profile tires though because they really seemed to hate the pot holes. Enjoy that peddle cnau because that ant your father's Volvo.
We're nearing 55K now on our 96 base 850 wagon that we bought in 1999 I/ 34K on it. We had a few minor teething problems I/ our car just after we bought and I really began to wonder but they were all taken care of professionally and promptly by the dealer. Nothing since and we both still love the car.
I had to laugh when my 11 year old niece was making derogatory comments about having ride around in her family's Ford LSD station wagon. I reminded her that her aunt and I drove a wagon too, and she said "but your's is different, it's at least a cool car." I think we can all identify to some degree with thoughts and feeling like that about the kind of cars our parents drove us to school and soccer practice in and yet hear we all living it all out again as adults driving around in station wagons! Isn't fun to watch what we've all become and what SUV's are trying to metamorphic themselves into these days.
#139 of 505 1995 850 Turbo Wagon
Jan 08, 2001 (2:16 am)
We have over 110,000 miles on our wagon, and it has held up well. It is developing rattles and some small problems but still looks and drives like new. We have used regular rather than premium gas without any problems and average about 24 mpg based on the trip computer. It is one of six cars we own, and we like it so much in comparison to all the cars we own or have owned that we plan to keep it running until it dies.
We replaced the brake pads about every 55,000 miles. We replaced the brake rotors at 110,000 miles. We use Dunlop W-10 performance tires, and they last about 40,000 miles. My wife ran over a 2x4 on the freeway, and it split the wheels in half. So be careful with potholes and objects on the road.
I expect that this car will last for a long time.
#140 of 505 850R rims
Jan 08, 2001 (4:24 am)
Thanks for the avice on the 17" rims. I actually got the dealer to switch them with a 96 used sedan, also an 850R, with 16" tianium colored 5 spoke volvo alloy rims. I made the deal contingent on the wheel switch and he did it.
I did this to smooth out some of the harshness in the ride, to help in snow conditions and because I didn't want to spend big $$ for high performance tires that only last about 40K miles. I only found out recently about the possability of bent and/or broke 17" rims. I really loved the look and the "emergency situation handling" of the 17" rims on the car but it just wasn't quite pactical enough for me.
Thanks again and I wish you many happy motoring miles, Chris
Jan 10, 2001 (9:05 am)
The Dunlop Sport W-10 tires are pretty cheap for Z-rated tires. They were about $100 each. Michelins and other brands were close to $200 each for the 16" tires. I consider 40,000 miles to be very good for a Z-rated, high-traction tire. I have gotten as low as 15,000 miles on some tires on other cars.
#143 of 505 1997 850 T-5 Wagon what is the wholesale price?
Jan 11, 2001 (7:19 pm)
I am considering buying a 97 850 T-5 and i am having trouble discerning the wholesale price. Kelly's blue book has it at $25,000, but edmunds.com lists it at $20,000. The dealer is offering it at a 'special' sale price of $25,000, should I go lower?
#144 of 505 Tires and wholesale pricing
Jan 15, 2001 (5:51 am)
I have a hard time accepting 15K to 40K out of a set of tires that cost over $100 each. My last set of Michlen's cost $100 each but I got over 100K. I understand it is a game of give and take with regards to size, speed rating and performance. I just find it hard to believe the average person drives their car at a level that justifies and allows them to appreciate the capabilities of high performance tires on an every day driver car.
I spent some time as a salesman at a Ford dealership and found that the dealer seldom lets a customer leave without giving the lowest price. However, most people would be very amazed at the price that you can get by saying "I will buy this car right now for $???????." Trust me you will know what their lowest price is. But, Realize you have to be ready to buy it for that price, period. Also realize, a dealers used car lot is not suject to the actual cost of the vehicle. The cost they paid for a car is usually only dependent on what they had to pay to put the deal together. So they may have got the car very cheap, as is usually the case.
Happy shopping, Chris