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Volvo 850, Wagon
#311 of 505 Looking at a 94 850 GLT & 1994 960
Jan 04, 2004 (4:48 pm)
Hello Volvo people. I'm new around here. I looking at a 1994 850 GLT w/122,500K. Price is $3950.00. The car looks brand new from the outside. Color is almost Candy Apple Red. Told me he had it detailed. He also says the horn doesn't work, and the timing belt was done at 75K. My wife saw it coming home one day. She drives a 1993 940 SE, 106,500K. I would appreciate any help. Also, I'm looking at 1994 960 with 76K, $5500.00. Thanks again. Charles.
#313 of 505 Check the following on a 94' Volvo
Jan 05, 2004 (12:49 pm)
What kind of options do these cars have?
On the 850 I would check the following:
1. Timing belts should be replaced every 70,000 miles; $260.00. At the same time youíll put on a new serpentine belt, about $75.00.
2. Brake fluid flush? $105.00.
3. What is the condition of the brakes?
4. If he has not replaced the ABS Module, chances are it will go bad in the next 5-10,000 miles. Cost at dealer about $550.00.
5. I would pressure test the A/C.
6. Why doesnít the horn work?
I would try to get the car for as close to $3,000.00 as possible.
Iím not as familiar with the 960.
#314 of 505 Still looking at a 94 850 GLT & 94 960
Jan 05, 2004 (6:28 pm)
klarck: The 850 GLT has all the options. The car was bought with 24000 miles on it in 1995. The horn stays ON, so it was disconnected at the horn itself. The ABS Module has not been replaced. The brakes have been done in the last 12000 miles or so. I drove the car on the highway and there is a little shimmey or chatter from the front end. The brakes stop the car real smooth. There is a static noise in the volume dial of the radio. He told me he replaced 3 or 4 bulbs in the dash board. The transmission lights do not work (P,R,D etc) on the shifter. The a/c seems to work. The outside temp was 25 degrees at the time. The interior is leather and in great shape. Bottom line. No less than $3800. Thanks again for your help. Charles.
Jan 06, 2004 (5:10 pm)
Is the 960 a sedan or wagon?
#316 of 505 The 960 is a Wagon
Jan 07, 2004 (1:55 am)
I test drove it and is smooth as silk. The only problem is the switch for the reverse lights is being replaced. Is there any thing else I should look for? On the ABS, VICROCHA says on the 94 850 GLT & 94 960 Wagon are not prone to faliure, again any help would be great. Chazmatic.
Jan 07, 2004 (5:43 am)
...all things being equal, if you don't mind the RWD (I prefer it, personally, and I live in a snowy climate) my personal preference would be the 960. It's all up to what you like best, really. I think maintenance and repair costs will be about the same. One of the things to check on the 960 is the condition of the rear self-leveling shocks (Nivomats)...the replacement cost for those is pretty frightening. Of course, make sure other maintenance (especially the timing belt) has been done. I think you'd do fine with either wagon.
#319 of 505 850 Brake Hum
Jan 23, 2004 (11:34 am)
My '96 855T also "hums" at times when braking, yet the hum lingers a bit after the car has stopped. This only happens when the cabin blower is on. I figure it is not brakes at all, but the bearings in the blower starting to go. Load on the motor shifts when braking, putting different strain on the bearings. Thoughts?
#320 of 505 ABS/Tracs Light
Jan 23, 2004 (11:40 am)
My 96 855T also has the ABS/Tracs failure intermittently. I believe that Tracs uses ABS so if ABS fails, Tracs is shut off hence the lights often are lit together.
The ABS control module seems to be a known problem area. I pulled the ABS sensors and cleaned them to no avail. This model has the ABS module mounted under the ABS pump, not on the firewall. I've been able to get the top two screws out in order to replace it, but can't get at the bottom two. Any hints from some who have replaced it successfully? Is the module repairable, or only replaceable?