Volvo 850 Trailer Towing Followup

Pulling A U Haul Trailer With A Volvo 850

Following up on Towing a Trailer with an 850 and Towing a Trailer with an 850 part II blog post, I’d like to add that I had my total weight calculated at a truck weigh station, and it was well over what Volvo recommends for the towing limit. I’m embarrassed to relate this, being a […]

Volvo 850 Road Trip MPG Report

Took the 850 and drove this: Denver, CO – Taos, NM – Santa Rosa, NM – Sante Fe, NM – Denver. In Santa Fe, we took a side trip to Bandelier National Monument (Peublo Indian cave dwellings, petroglyphs) and camped for the night. City-to-city distance: 1020 mi Total distance driven: 1126 mi Average speed: 53 […]

Is a Volvo a Honda?

Member Instarx wrote this in response to the Volvo Forum thread Buying a Used Volvo V70, and I must say I agree 100%. If low operating expense is as big an issue as you imply, be aware that Volvos are expensive to repair when they break. They are borderline luxury cars and just like Mercedes, […]

Buying a Volvo S70 4

This is part 4 of a five-part series on buying and fixing up a Volvo S70. Buying an S70 part 1 Buying an S70 part 2 Buying an S70 part 3 Buying an S70 part 4 Buying an S70 part 5 Made it home, safe and sound. Drove straight thru [1305.2 miles on the trip […]

Buying a Volvo S70 3

This is part 3 of a five-part series on buying and fixing up a Volvo S70. Buying an S70 part 1 Buying an S70 part 2 Buying an S70 part 3 Buying an S70 part 4 Buying an S70 part 5 The social obligations are completed and the crankcase pressurization has been addressed as well […]

Buying a Volvo S70 2

This is part 2 of a five-part series on buying and fixing up a Volvo S70. Buying an S70 part 1 Buying an S70 part 2 Buying an S70 part 3 Buying an S70 part 4 Buying an S70 part 5 So I got picked up at BWI with the new ride this afternoon, took […]

Buying a Volvo S70

This is part 1 of a five-part series on buying and fixing up a Volvo S70. Buying an S70 part 1 Buying an S70 part 2 Buying an S70 part 3 Buying an S70 part 4 Buying an S70 part 5 Actually my Volvo story begins in 1995 with an 84 240; not a long […]

Volvo 850 Buying Experiences

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Share your volvo 850 buying experience. [By Ozark Lee, taken from this Volvo Forum thread] I bought a ’96 850 a few months ago in Chicago for $550.00 with the doc fees off of eBay, I rented a trailer from Uhaul for $125.00 and then spent another $200.00 or so in gasoline to drag it […]

I Got 38.8 MPG Today

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What’s the best mpg you’ve seen? Fuel efficiency is a form of thermal efficiency, meaning the efficiency of a process that converts chemical potential energy contained in a carrier fuel into kinetic energy or work. Overall fuel efficiency may vary per device, which in turn may vary per application fuel efficiency, especially fossil fuel power […]

I’m On The Road Now Towing with a Volvo 850

Pulling Uhaul Trailer Volvo

Just woke up at a hotel in Boise, Idaho. So far I can summarize the 850/trailer combo as this: I’m pulling a house. See the Volvo 850 towing backstory here — I talk about deciding on what methods to get my stuff from Seattle to Denver, and how I arrived at buying a hitch and renting […]

Pulling a U-Haul Trailer 1300 Miles – Volvo 850 T5

Pulling A Trailer With A Volvo 850

Ok, after thought and consideration, I’m going with a hitch/uHaul trailer. Door2door was going to be $1150 (as was a similar service), and full-service movers were going to be $1350. The trailer rental is only $275. [This blog post is in response to the question/advice I got in this MVS Forum thread.] I’m having the […]

Trip Report

Seattle to Portland 176 miles Portland to Astoria 98 miles Astoria to Seattle 181 miles City driving, side trip to beach 55 miles Total 510 miles Fuel Economy 22.0 mpg Average Speed 51 mph Conditions more than half of the distance was rain, sometimes heavy Temperature ~50 degrees F View Larger Map

Reclaimed 850 T5 Horsepower with MotorVac

Setup took about 15 minutes, and it was all a matter of fitting the in/out hoses from the machine to the fuel lines on my 850 T5. I run fuel treatment in the gas tank from time to time, but I’ve never done anything like this. Tom got me excited with examples of restored power and increased fuel economy.