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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
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Re: Market for 94 850T5 wagon?

Post by bmdubya1198 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:36 pm

rspi wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:22 am
Hmmm, most of these cars sell between $1200 - $1500 in decent running condition. If it's spotless, $2500. So take $2500 and deduct anything that needs to be done. Need tire, deduct $400. Need a dash pad, take off another $150. Has a little body damage, take off another $300.

My experience is that the general public pays a lot more than enthusiast do. Ask me how I know. lol
Agreed 100%... as an enthusiast, I like getting a deal. And enthusiasts know what goes wrong and what they'll need to do to the car... which brings down the price if those things need to be done. But for a flawless car, anybody would pay more.
These cars really aren't worth much... my cousin picked up a really nice '99 S70 N/A for $500 a couple months ago. Know what it needed? Cam seals. Otherwise, 162k miles, records, great shape, and it runs like a top. The previous owner took great care of the car. New genuine Volvo timing belt, ETM and all! But honestly, it's probably a $2,000 car simply because of all the records and the condition.


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Re: Market for 94 850T5 wagon?

Post by BlackBart » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:04 am

Interesting that we enthusiasts are the cheapskates! I feel like it's important to be open and honest with non car persons in that situation, in that it will cost them more to have something fixed by a shop. But it has be sold with the typical "as-is" phrases in any case.

The other way to look at this is that I bought a desirable, top of the line car in prime condition with 70k miles, enjoyed it, drove it everywhere for 16 years - long distance road trips, hauling kids, biking, camping, kayaking... So it's a sunk cost and still a good car - and if you can get a few bucks out of it, great.


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Re: Market for 94 850T5 wagon?

Post by BlackBart » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:43 am

Do you all know that Chief designer Jan Wilsgaard designed the Volvo Philip, the Amazon / 120, the 140, the 160, the P1800ES adaption, the 240, the 740, the 780 coupe, and the crisp 850. That line is impressive, and makes me still attached to this car. One of his first jobs was to design better rear windows for the PV Duett Van, making the van into a wagon and starting the long tradition of great wagons.

"Follow the laws of nature and don't complicate matters! Functional and sensible designs are often the
best looking."
- Jan Wilsgaard

Wilsgaard died in 2016.

The P2 wagon was designed by Brit Peter Horbury.


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Re: Market for 94 850T5 wagon?

Post by bmdubya1198 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:29 pm

The T5/Turbo is still a desirable car. Worth a lot? No. But desirable. We buy these cars because we like them, not because they make a good turnaround, hahaha.
I like that quote though, exactly what's wrong with automotive designers today. Complicated designs are usually hideous. Just look at Chevy's lineup or Lexus with those grilles... yuck. I love Volvo bricks. Simple, but they look a million times better than a Lexus RX!


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