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Greetings all.

I've been lurking here for a while, but seeing as we now own a Vovlo, I figured I should register and introduce myself. I'ma long time VW owner, and have a 96 Passat TDI wagon that undergoing reconstructive surgery at the moment.

This 850 is to replace my wife's Ford Exploder that I thankfully no longer have to deal with. We picked it up yesterday from NJ. Its a 95 with 91K on the clock, but also with good records. Any help on what I can expect to go wrong soon would be much appreciated. As soon as I have a free afternoon, I'll be doing a tranny and engine flush, and replacing whatever's in there with synthetics. Any recommendations on which to use?

Anyway, here's the car:



Despite how it looks in the pic, the car is actually green. Not sure what the exact name of the color is.

[Modified by MineMapper, 4:30 PM 10-18-2002]
 

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Welcome to the wagon owners circle, and to the boards.

If the car has been well maintained then there shouldn't be any big problems coming along for you. Timing belt should have been done, and the turbo should be good for another hundred K. The most common problem with the 855 is that the rear hactch cover's clips break. That is a $20 and 30 min fix http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif

Is it still running original supension? That tends to go down hill at around 80K, so if its still running on the stock stuff you might want to look into getting some new shocks/struts.

Is the rest of the car stock? Are you planing on doing anything to it? http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif
 

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Re: Another Newbie (Kaizai)

Thanks.

I knew about the hatch cover fix, from lurking here. Thing is, I'm not sure how I know I need it. I mean, there are a couple of different squeaks and rattles coming from various places on the interior (hey, its a 7yr old car with 91K), but I'm not hearing any resounding crashes from the back. Should I?

As far as I know, everything is stock. Timing belt was done at 67K. It has new plugs, wires, distributor (maybe the dealer bought it witha starting issue?). My immediate wants are to install foglights in front, and get the cargo liner and dog barrier for the back (gotta complete the image y'know? http://********************/smile/emwink.gif). I know Bilstein HD's are the preferred replacement shock on my Passat. Will they do just as well here?

For a very respectably small amount, we bought an extended warranty that covers just about everything (incl CV's http://********************/smile/emexclaim.gif ) for the next 36mo/54K. I figured that with my newness to Volvo's it would give her peace of mind.

Other than maybe some shocks and new tires in a few months, this will stay stock. Its main purpose is to haul kids/dogs/bikes/windsurfers around for us. 222hp should do for that. No need to go nutty with chips.

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Re: Another Newbie (MineMapper)

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I knew about the hatch cover fix, from lurking here. Thing is, I'm not sure how I know I need it. I mean, there are a couple of different squeaks and rattles coming from various places on the interior (hey, its a 7yr old car with 91K), but I'm not hearing any resounding crashes from the back. Should I?
You will be able to tell when it's the back hatch cover, it will be noticeably lose when you close the door. Usually the middle top clips break first, so the center of it will be rattling.
Another common spot for squeeks to come from is the locks that hold the rear seats up-right. I just sprayed some WD-40 in them and it cleared that up.

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As far as I know, everything is stock. Timing belt was done at 67K. It has new plugs, wires, distributor (maybe the dealer bought it witha starting issue?). My immediate wants are to install foglights in front, and get the cargo liner and dog barrier for the back (gotta complete the image y'know? http://********************/smile/emwink.gif). I know Bilstein HD's are the preferred replacement shock on my Passat. Will they do just as well here?
http://www.ipdusa.com has Bilsteins for the 850, and they are great, but harsher than stock. If its just a family ride you might not want to go that direction.
 

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Re: Another Newbie (Kaizai)

Anyone know what that sound is in the rear door, pillar, seat...can't figure it out. When taking a turn, or starting from a stop...it sounds like someone is dropping a marble from three inches...just sort of a loose item sound...driving me nuts. I have a wagon
 
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