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What other Volvo sedan would you recommend?

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What other Volvo sedan would you recommend?

Post by DougM » Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:24 am

So I have owned two 850 models. 1996 850 Platinum sedan - RIP on that one. And still own a 1996 850R Wagon.

But I'm thinking of getting another vehicle (possibly selling the 850R wagon), and was wondering what other Volvo sedan people would recommend. I like the reliability of the 850, and the fact that I could do some of the work on it (with help from here!!).

So...what would be a good sedan that is pre 2010?
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Re: What other Volvo sedan would you recommend?

Post by 850 LPT » Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:59 am

I would strongly recommend S70's :D
96' 850 sedan, base, auto, pewter/charcoal, 115k miles
99' S70, base, 5-speed manual, nautic blue/ tan, 213k miles
04' V70, auto, ash gold/ tan, 229k miles, daughters car
05' V70, 5-speed manual, loaded, mistral green/ tan, 146k miles
79' Ford Capri S, Euro Spec 2.8 V6, T9 5-speed manual
58' Porsche Diesel Junior
13' Honda Odyssey :oops:

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Re: What other Volvo sedan would you recommend?

Post by DougM » Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:15 am

You're killing me! Of course I have been looking at those too!
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Re: What other Volvo sedan would you recommend?

Post by tryingbe » Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:45 am

940 Sedan.
85 GLH, 367 whp
00 Insight, 72 mpg

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Re: What other Volvo sedan would you recommend?

Post by mecheng » Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:00 am

S60, from 2004 onward but they are less roomy.
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Re: What other Volvo sedan would you recommend?

Post by theWIFES_S70 » Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:42 am

mecheng wrote:
Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:00 am
S60, from 2004 onward but they are less roomy.
Hey mecheng, is the 2004+ S60 the real deal?
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Re: What other Volvo sedan would you recommend?

Post by scot850 » Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:52 am

Harder to find parts for but the 960/S90 were nice to drive too. Loved my 940 2.0 HPT in the UK. Fast and comfortable. Also had a 760 Turbo over here in Canada, and after sorting it out it was good to drive also (actually a 4 cyl. turbo like the 740 Turbo).

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Re: What other Volvo sedan would you recommend?

Post by mecheng » Wed Apr 12, 2017 1:37 pm

theWIFES_S70 wrote:
Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:42 am
mecheng wrote:
Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:00 am
S60, from 2004 onward but they are less roomy.
Hey mecheng, is the 2004+ S60 the real deal?
I'm young enough to understand slang but not in that context. It is a real Volvo yes, Engineered and Made by.
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Re: What other Volvo sedan would you recommend?

Post by cn90 » Wed Apr 12, 2017 5:03 pm

- The S60 is a bit tight in the rear seat (tight leg room for rear passengers).
- The S80 is a bit longer than the 850/S70 series.

Stick to 2004-2007 or so, and 2.5T engine is preferable, as long as the timing belt etc. is maintained.
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Re: What other Volvo sedan would you recommend?

Post by oragex » Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:08 pm

2005 and less had a few tricky electrical and transmission issues. 2006+ P2 are nice cars. Like said, no rear legroom if driver's over 5'10 tall, also less legroom to the pedals. Great engines, the 2.4t and 2.5t. I think it's generally easy to work on these cars, the bolts are very easy to remove. Manual transmissions are sweet but fail at internal the master cylinder= big job.

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