Tag: Volvo 850

850 GLT Performance Mods

If the gain in hp from an N/A 850 to a turbo 850 wasn’t that great, then your question would get different answers. But the turbo cars are so much more powerful that the cost/benefit ratio of making an N/A faster just isn’t there. The cost/benefit gets a little better if your N/A is a manual. Note: 1997 GLT models DO have a light pressure turbo, and thus are good for speed mods.

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Replacing Pollen (cabin) Filter

This is from Dacvolvo who has a C70 and posts in that section. He also has his own site where he shows his car off and also has a few write ups. This is for changing out the cabin or pollen filter that’s located under the passenger side windshield cowl. It’s very good with nice pictures…same procedure for 850’s and early S/C/V70’s. Thanks Dacvolvo!

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850 seat cushion foam replacement

The drivers seat in my 850 had broken down to the point where it was very uncomfortable to drive. I investigated having the bottom seat cushion foam replaced at a local upholstery shop and found that the foam cushion itself sells for $250.00 without the heater element and, with labor, the estimate was at least $600. As luck would have it I found a guy parting out a couple of 850s and bought the passenger side foam from him for – I think – $35.00 shipped. Subsequent to that purchase I found that my drivers side seat heater had burned out as well and was pleasantly surprised when the cushion came with a good working heater pad. I got the passengers side since the drivers side foam and the passengers side foam is identical. I figured that the passengers side would have the less wear than the drivers side. This isnt a huge job but it requires some patience.