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Volvo 850, Wagon
#475 of 505 Newby here.
Feb 24, 2009 (11:15 am)
I am inheriting a 1995 850 Turbo Wagon with 188,000 well maintained miles. I have never owned a Volvo or a turbo. From my internet study of this model, I feel that my benefactor must have thought well of me to offer this treasure. I plan to keep her memory alive by keeping the wagon in daily drive condition.
Other than the obvious maintanence requirements, is there anything I need to keep in mind that might be unique to a Volvo?
Thanks for kind responses,
#476 of 505 Volvo 850
Feb 24, 2009 (11:43 am)
You may want to check and see if you have a sercurity code for the radio. If you disconnect the battery (to replace it or charge it) your radio will not work unless you have the code. Most Volvo had one with the new owners. If not it is expense to change it. The ignition protection switch button by the gear shift can malfunction and will keep the car from starting. Know where the Manuel release wire is for the Gas tank door. It's in the inside back corner behind the panel on the gas door side. Parts are expensive when you repair Volvo's
#477 of 505 Re: Volvo 850 [hairby]
Feb 24, 2009 (12:10 pm)
Thanks so much. Tomorrow is scheduled to be a good day and I was planning to get the battery out and slow charge it. You may have averted the sounds of panic screams from an old man.
#478 of 505 Re: Volvo 850 [ous]
Feb 24, 2009 (12:29 pm)
You don't have to take the battery out to slow charge it unless there is another reason, You can purchase a trickle charger which will keep the battery maintained over long periods of time.
#479 of 505 Re: Volvo 850 [fhrabetin]
Feb 24, 2009 (12:53 pm)
Old habits, old men.
Feb 24, 2009 (1:42 pm)
New habit, old man, wiser man.
#481 of 505 Re: Volvo 850 [ous]
Mar 02, 2009 (12:00 pm)
So I charged the battery in car with the wires attached. The old gal fired right up. And the code demand popped right up on the face of the radio. No mention of the code in the orginal owner's manual.
To the dealer it goes? Singing to myself is not an option as Spring is on the way and such a pretty season does not deserve such an ugly old voice.
Mar 16, 2009 (8:17 am)
I recently bought a 97-850 GLT Wagon with factory cassete and 6 disc changer in rear. CD changer went out but instead of repairing or replacing, I want to replace with in-dash OEM CD player. I would like to know if there are CD players from other Volvos that are compatible.
#483 of 505 Re: gborocb [gborocb]
Mar 16, 2009 (5:21 pm)
My '96 850 Turbo Wagon came stock with the SC-815 Tape/CD Stereo. I recently sold it and bought the SC-816. I believe the 816 was stock on all 97's and newer and they were stock on V70's and S70's as well for a number of years. Once you see a picture, you can tell which ones to look for. They all look very similar, but the 815's I think came only in back, while the 816's came in grey also. The 816 is a more powerful unit, it has 25 watts more power and delivers a fuller, richer sound IMO.
#484 of 505 Rear main seal
Mar 18, 2009 (1:58 pm)