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97 850R wagon 98K Miles One Owner! I finally got an R!

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

Should I keep it or sell it to someone who will appreciate her more than I will?

Keep it; are you crazy?
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75%
I want it, I will PM you.
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8%
Meh, big deal, R-Shmarr.
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Total votes: 12

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97 850R wagon 98K Miles One Owner! I finally got an R!

Post by osman » Tue May 05, 2015 11:35 am

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Went to the charity auction this Saturday with plans on buying a car for my daughters graduation next month. Lo and behold, there was an 97 850R wagon white with black interior.I have had countless turbos and T5's but never an R, It needs a window and a fender and some trim but overall its in good shape. Going to drive it home today, I will see if the odometer is still working and if thats the actual mileage or if the plastic gear had broken and mileage is unknown. Not sure if I will be keeping it though since I also bought a 2000 c70 turbo convertible (silver) and a black BMW 98 323s with M3 racing rims which she will probably prefer either of those over the R due to the sleek looks of the 2 Dr. sports car vs box wagon.
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Re: 97 850R wagon 98K Miles One Owner! I finally got an R!

Post by misha » Tue May 05, 2015 5:16 pm

C70 convertible for daughter and this "R" for you. :wink:


'97 850 2.5 20v /fully equipped/ Motronic 4.4 / polar white wagon
'91 Citroen XM 2.0 SI /fully equipped/mandarine red metallic
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Re: 97 850R wagon 98K Miles One Owner! I finally got an R!

Post by Rondo » Tue May 05, 2015 5:58 pm

I hate to be a nay-sayer, but is that really an "R"? I thought they all had the front and rear spoilers on them, as well as Titans. I may be wrong, and I kinda hope I am.


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Re: 97 850R wagon 98K Miles One Owner! I finally got an R!

Post by misha » Tue May 05, 2015 6:04 pm

Doesn't look like one...that's for sure.I guess that osman knows what real "R" is and how it should look.Wheels are from "platinum" and the latest 850 series and then transfered to s,v70 series.


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'91 Citroen XM 2.0 SI /fully equipped/mandarine red metallic
History of Volvos in the family:
'71 144 S
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'78 244 DL
'78 244 DL
'79 244 GLE
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Re: 97 850R wagon 98K Miles One Owner! I finally got an R!

Post by erikv11 » Wed May 06, 2015 9:47 am

Yeah, all I see is the badge, Presumably it has R interior but did you check the VIN? If it is truly an R, I would probably keep it.


'95 854 T5-R, Motronic 4.4, 185k
'96 855 NA, 140k
'98 S70 NA, 210k (living out west)
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Re: 97 850R wagon 98K Miles One Owner! I finally got an R!

Post by mika » Wed May 06, 2015 10:06 am

not sure myself, but I can confirm that the badging is done correctly (spacing of R and the 850 emblem are spot on)...the rest of the car looks off. either way, nice whip


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Re: 97 850R wagon 98K Miles One Owner! I finally got an R!

Post by atucker1 » Wed May 06, 2015 10:54 am

Considering the fact that someone put on the Euro side marker lights, it's definitely possible the previous owner did some other exterior modifications.



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Re: 97 850R wagon 98K Miles One Owner! I finally got an R!

Post by misha » Wed May 06, 2015 11:17 am

Vin numbers will solve the mistery. :wink:


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Re: 97 850R wagon 98K Miles One Owner! I finally got an R!

Post by tryingbe » Wed May 06, 2015 11:20 am

Wrong wheels for an R, no spoiler, no front fogs, I'd sell it.


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Re: 97 850R wagon 98K Miles One Owner! I finally got an R!

Post by northernlights » Wed May 06, 2015 1:46 pm

But it does have the all important 'Keep Austin Weird.' sticker!

I believe the T5-R and 850R's all have a 58 in the VIN. The standard T5 or Turbo will be a 57. Low pressure turbo will have something else.

The ECU should be a 628 if it is a R.

Either way, now that you have it, it's all about how good it runs and how much work it needs.



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