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To buy or not to buy

Help, Advice and DIY Tutorials on Volvo's extremely popular car line -- Volvo's 1990s "bread and butter" cars -- powered by the ubiquitous and durable Volvo inline 5-cylinder engine.

1992 - 1997 850, 850 R, 850 T5-R, 850 T5, 850 GLT
1997 - 2000 S70, S70 AWD
1997 - 2000 V70, V70 AWD
1997 - 2000 V70-XC
1997 - 2004 C70

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Clemens
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Re: To buy or not to buy

Post by Clemens » Wed Dec 21, 2016 3:37 pm

Why not. Got a friend in Munich I need to visit next year anyhow. Sounds like a good plan!
Summer: 1996 855 R
Winter: 1994 855 T5M
Donor: 1995 854 10V

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Re: To buy or not to buy

Post by Clemens » Tue Jan 17, 2017 1:45 pm

So i finally bought that brick, she dropped the price to 500Euro, so I bought it unseen. Picked the car up today.

It is an early 94 T5 wagon (with the reverse intercooler piping they had in the beginning) and basically NO options (4 power windows, heated seats, moonroof). And that's it.
Anyhow, after driving it to my indie mechanic who will do the inspection i still don't know if it is worth saving or if i will part it out. Not a single body panel that is not rusty or bent. It has been in one family all of its life.
A T5M is fun, btw.

Now to the bad things i noticed right away:
- Even though the temp gauge rises as i'd expect it, the heat takes forever to come on. It is the primitive 2 wheels (non ecc) control unit. I guess the thermostat could be stuck open.
- the exhaust is broken, maybe even the header
- the turbo gauge doesn't do a thing
- the lambda light is on (A2 delivers a 232 code). Could be from the exhaust leak if it leaks in front of the cat or rear O2 sensor, right?
- shocks have seen better days
- driver side heated seat doesn't work

But hey, it's a T5M!

Let's see how this ends for the wagon...
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Summer: 1996 855 R
Winter: 1994 855 T5M
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Re: To buy or not to buy

Post by jvl » Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:09 pm

First of all, I'd say BUY if you can afford it and have a spot to park the car.
Awesome you guys are meeting up for beers, unfortunately Munich is a bit to far for me to join in!
have fun!
1999 V70XC. Stock, except.... I like tinkering:
electronics
2nd battery (with isolator)
2200w pure sine wave inverter
LED Work lights in tailgate
LED traffic advisor
RC parking lights

audio
stock tweeters front and back
8" underseat powered sub

camping extras
'drawer system' in trunk
solar panel on roofrack



Feel free to PM for pics

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