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Going to take a look at a '97 960 wagon in the next day or two. Looking for a wagon because I do haul quite a bit of stuff and its more practical than a truck.

Anyways, already know the speedo does not work, read that its happened to others (speed sensor in diff cover, actual speedo). I can manage fixing that.

Anything else I'll want to check? Anything in particular?

Appreciate any help!
 

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Re: 97 960 Wagon (Rues R)

http://appleton.craigslist.org/cto/1226351859.html

Last timing belt and tension pulley replacement and serpentine belt renewal?

Full OBD dump.

No bent wheels.

If the driveline hums or vibrates even the slightest don't buy.

Turn on the key to be sure ALL dash lights illuminate then start the car and watch the lights for warnings.

If the brakes are not PERFECT don't buy.

Clear title.

Current inspection sticker.

Current registration and licenses.

All service records.

History of previous ownership.

Keyless entry functions as per original and both fobs work correctly.

On the test drive in an empty large parking lot or similar safe area put the trans in "LOW" then drive off smartly to about 30mph then let up quickly on the gas then goose it again while checking the rear view mirror or have an outside observer look for smoke from the tail pipe. In "D" drive away smoothly to about 40mph then slam on the brakes as hard as possible while listening/feeling for the ABS activation. new ABS sensors are $$$!

If ALL ac/heat/defrost functions are not perfect don't buy.
New ac bellows are $$$!

Apply the brakes from about 20mph in reverse.

If the car shudders and/or pulls to the side on hard braking don't buy it.

Check for smooth trans shifts and full lockup of the torque converter.

Look inside the coolant fill jug and the brake master cylinder reservoir for heavy deposits or signs of very recent cleaning.

If your significant other(s) will be driving the car you may wish to involve them in the test drive and purchase decision if posssible.

George Dill
 

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Re: 97 960 Wagon (gdill2)

Definitely had the serp and timing belt in mind.

Whats the OBD dump all about? Never heard of this before.

No inspections in Wisconsin unfortunately.

I'll try to remember all of this.

Thanks!
 

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Re: 97 960 Wagon (Rues R)

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What's the OBD dump all about?

At the lower-right side of the center console is a port for connecting the On Board Diagnostics code reader.

On this particular Volvo 960 it (the reading of the codes) can be had for free at most franchise auto parts stores.

Rather than try to remember everything just print it out and show it to the seller.

George Dill
 
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