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Instrument cluster swap

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Instrument cluster swap

Post by standupguy » Fri May 31, 2019 10:58 am

I have a 1995 850 with 110,000 miles. The instrument cluster doesn't look like it, it looks like the previous owner in frustration took a hammer to the instrument cluster. (His frustration my gain.) I've been searching for a cluster and the lowest mileage cluster I can find is 170,000 miles. I found 2 clusters one with 111,000 and the other with 112,000 miles. So my question is, is there other years of 850s or any other models that will interchange with the 1995 850 instrument cluster. Any information is greatly appreciated. Thank You!



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Re: Instrument cluster swap

Post by erikv11 » Fri May 31, 2019 11:19 am

If you really want the odometer to match you can swap the odometer between clusters, that's pretty easy to do. See the odometer gear replacement threads.

This is an easy swap that is done all the time.

Earlier 850 clusters clusters have a wire harness on the connector, later ones and all 96-97 have a ribbon connector. If you have a ribbon connector style then any 95-98 (yes, including 98 S/V/C70 clusters) will swap right in. If you have the earlier style it will be harder to find. My 95 has the ribbon style, I'm just not sure when the switch happened. If you are unsure, pull the dash cover, take a pic of the connectors on the back and post it up.

I'd get a cluster with the trip computer at the junkyard, if you get that then also grab the Info switch from the dash.


'95 854 T5-R, Motronic 4.4, 185k
'96 855 NA, 140k
'98 S70 NA, 210k (living out west)
'98 V70, T5 tune-injectors-turbo, LPT engine, 280k
'06 S60 R, 160k
gone: '96 NA 850 210k, '98 NA V70 182k

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Re: Instrument cluster swap

Post by standupguy » Fri May 31, 2019 12:30 pm

Good news maybe? A 1994 850 cluster just became available. Can I do a direct swap with that cluster?



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Re: Instrument cluster swap

Post by erikv11 » Fri May 31, 2019 5:23 pm

Maybe, yes!

It all depends on whether yours is wire harness (probably the 94 will fit) or ribbon harness (probably need a newer one). You need to check.

I've got a couple ribbon style clusters if you can't find one in the yards up there.


'95 854 T5-R, Motronic 4.4, 185k
'96 855 NA, 140k
'98 S70 NA, 210k (living out west)
'98 V70, T5 tune-injectors-turbo, LPT engine, 280k
'06 S60 R, 160k
gone: '96 NA 850 210k, '98 NA V70 182k

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Re: Instrument cluster swap

Post by RickHaleParker » Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:21 am

Sedan or Wagon?
Turbo or Naturally Aspirated?
Last six digits of VIN number? (CHassis number (CH)).
S.R. or no S.R.?
Factory Code?
It is encoded in the VIN number. It is the 11th position.
1 = Torslanda, Sweden,
2 = Ghent, Belgium,
3 = Halifax, Canada
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Platform: P80 1998 C70, B5234T3, AW50-42, Bosch Motronic 4.4, Special Edition package, Plant: Uddevalla Sweden.

Platform: X40 (Nedcar) 2003 S40, B4204T3, AW55-50/51SN, Siemens EMS 2000. Plant: Born Netherlands.

Platform P2 2005 XC90 T6 Executive, B6294T, 4T65 AWD, Bosch Motronic 7.0, Plant Torslanda Sweden.
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Re: Instrument cluster swap

Post by erikv11 » Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:37 pm

Almost none of that is important, this swap is simpler than considering all of those factors. Getting that info from both cars may be more headache than it is worth. I repeat - people do this swap all the time.

Turbo or non-turbo matters if you want the vacuum gauge on the left side, that is present in 95 and earlier turbos. Otherwise, for example, a 96 turbo cluster works just fine in a 96 NA car, there is no difference in the cluster itself. I was assuming your car is non-turbo but if not, let us know.

Here are some useful pics regarding what I have been talking about.

Top is gray wire-style connector, bottom is white ribbon-styler connector.
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And this:
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If you want input on your options, let us know what you have.


'95 854 T5-R, Motronic 4.4, 185k
'96 855 NA, 140k
'98 S70 NA, 210k (living out west)
'98 V70, T5 tune-injectors-turbo, LPT engine, 280k
'06 S60 R, 160k
gone: '96 NA 850 210k, '98 NA V70 182k

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