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850 NA engine shot, what should I do?

Is your 850 NA engine shot?

Blue smoke = dead? When to say goodbye to an engine.

Two mechanics, an independent and a Volvo dealer, also told me that the car has bad rings. I was careful not to ask a leading question–I just told them that it smoked a lot, especially after idling for a while. I’m pretty much just accepting that my engine is the exception that makes the rule. They both explicitly stated there was no PCV problem, and the whole “oil trap” service was done at 88,000 miles.

 

Bonus! More on the Volvo 850

Volvo unveiled an entirely new model series in June 1991, the Volvo 850 GLT. The Volvo 850 GLT was launched under the banner of “A dynamic car with four world-beating breakthroughs”.

The four new features were: transverse 5-cylinder engine driving the front wheels, Delta-link rear axle which combined the dynamics and ride comfort of independent suspension with the security of a live rear axle, the SIPS integrated side-impact protection system, and the self-adjusting front seat belt mechanism.

The exterior design of the 850 bore a strong Volvo identity, and its 740 and 940 heritage was immediately apparent.

Volvo 850 GLT received a tumultuous welcome; seldom has a new car reaped so many awards as the 850.

Over the intervening years, the 850 series has been expanded with additional variants, among them turbocharged petrol versions and a direct-injection turbo-diesel.

The Volvo 850 was also the first car in the world to offer side-impact airbags, which were introduced in autumn 1994.

In model year 1997, the S70 replaced the 850 Sedan car.

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