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Volvo 850, Wagon
#335 of 505 Re: 95 Wagon Turbo [gavin #327]
Jun 27, 2004 (12:59 pm)
I just saw this about the 850 and realized you all are talking about my Volvo wagon. I did take it to Gavin's Mech. he said it had a bad turbo so I decided to take it to my Mech. which is Paul's Volvo of Richmond VA. and he told me the TURBO is in perfect condition. This ia after he tested it and drove the vehicle. I have all maintence record and the timing belt was changed at 80k. It has four brand new tires. This is probaly the cleanist Volvo Wagon in Virginia. Please call me if anyone would like to purchase this 1995 Volvo wagon. Joe 804-467-4192 the person who wrote (get a second opion) was absolutely correct his mech. has no clue of how to work on volvo's
#336 of 505 Oil Filter OEM vs. Aftermarket
Jun 29, 2004 (12:48 pm)
Does anyone know what the OEM is for the standard white Volvo oil filter used up till 2000 or so? I'm guessing it is either Mann or Bosch, (maybe both). Anyone with positive experience using either Mann or Bosch instead of the Volvo brand?
Jun 30, 2004 (6:52 pm)
I'm fairly certain it's a Mann filter. The '98 S/V70 used the 850 style filter; the switch to the cartridge filter came with the '99s.
Jul 01, 2004 (8:45 am)
The cartridge style filters apply to the P2 cars, the S80, S60, new V70 etc.
The S70, old V70, C70 retained the old style filters.
Aug 05, 2004 (12:59 pm)
I found an 850 sedan for sale. I'm unsure about the true mechanical history but my brother is a mechanic so I think I'll have him check out the engine. The car is a 94 and has 113,000 miles on it and it's an automatic. Help with any suggestions as to what we should look for when checking out the engine and such, even though my brother's a mech. I know he's never worked on a Volvo. They're asking $3,000 but the car need's front brakes badly and also new front tires.... any suggestions as to what i should do? or bid? Thanks.
Aug 05, 2004 (2:53 pm)
Run. Run away.
The owner can't produce service records, and it needs tires and brakes badly...that points to a poorly maintained car, which means I'm willing to bet that the timing belt's never been replaced. In these cars, a timing belt failure means catastrophic engine failure (the cost of which would exceed the purchase price of the car.)
850s can be great cars...if they've been maintaned. There's certainly no shortage of 850s out there, so wait and find a good one that you won't immediately have to sink money into.
I say look elsewhere in this case, but a properly maintaned 850 can be a great car for not a lot of money.
#341 of 505 Used 850 wagon for first vehicle?
Aug 28, 2004 (6:58 pm)
Hello all. I'm getting my license in a couple of months, and my parents have... bittersweet feelings about my new independence. Of course, my own means of transportation, but the worries that come along with it. For now, I practice on my dad's '00 Solara SLEV6. I was looking at the 850 wagon for my first car because they seem to be highly regarded as safe vehicles (something my parents are definitely looking for). Plus, alot of upperclassmen at my highschool have them, and they kinda have this retro (coolness) aura about them. I just wanted some feedback on this car. Would a used '94-'97 make a good first car for a safe driver (or I'd like to think) :p like myself? What are the pricing that should be expected? (Leaning towards $11.5k or less) PLEASE post replies! Thanks.
#342 of 505 Re: Used 850 wagon for first vehicle? [cccjsmooth]
Aug 28, 2004 (8:42 pm)
See my above post. 850s are great cars...if they've been maintained. I certainly wouldn't hesitate to buy one for my kids (driving is a LONG way off for them, though...) and $11.5k could move you well into S/V70 territory. It'll certainly be more than enough to find a fine example of an 850...keep in mind that the sedans go for a good bit less, if you want to save money (and what teenager doesn't, unless it's their parents'...)
#343 of 505 Re: manifold hose
Sep 23, 2004 (7:47 am)
Love my 97 850glt wagon. While not happy about last year's "fluke" (quote from Volvo NA) cracked cylinder head at 75K miles, bit the bullet and repaired. Not so happy about today's "broken" manifold intake hose (labeled as "rare" by Volvo). Has anyone else had either of these problems? NSH
#344 of 505 more 97 850 woes
Sep 23, 2004 (2:34 pm)
And now (see manifold note) am told cv boots are going/gone - and that 550 is what it takes to repair them. I never thought a Volvo would turn out to be such a money pit - it was a great first 5 years though before it became a sinkhole.