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First off, I know nothing about these cars. My girlfriend want's to buy a mid 90's 850 wagon. <P>I was hoping that someone here could throw me a few ideas about what to look for.<P>What engine is the best? For perf etc etc<P>What years are preferable?<P>Just give me some general tips. <P>Thanks a ton<P><BR>Ryan
 

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In 95 they added side impact airbags.<P>I had a 97 wagon, till today, had it for 2.5 years, put 50K miles on it. I loved it so much I sold it to get a R <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P>
 

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Well the 850 comes in a few trim levels. Assuming your from north america here is basicly what is available both in sedan or wagon form.<P>850 GLE - (Canada only) base model. 2.4L 5 cyl. 10 valve motor with 142hp. Cloth interior, 15" steel wheels. Winter package standard (all canadian 850s are).<P>850 GLT - usually leather with 15" or 16" aluminum wheels or base steel wheels. 2.4L 5 cyl. 20 valve motor with 168hp. <P>850 T-5 - Leather interior, 15" or 16" aluminum wheels. 2.3L 5 cyl. 20 valve with 222hp.<P>850R (earlier) or 850 T-5R - Leather and alcantra interior. Unique "R" front spoiler and rear spoiler (rear optional with other models). 17" aluminum rims and sport suspension. 237hp stock, I hear 5-speed manual cars come with around 240-250hp (ECU). <BR>The "R" is the cats meow. It is the most desirable and best performer although the normal T-5 is close in ear to ear grinning when driving!<P>Keep in mind if you residing in the US it isn't really worth looking for a 5 speed unless you have time. Any that are there migrated from Canada with our geese <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"> and may be a grey area legally (so I hear). Manuals came in the GLT, T-5s & R models. My roomate actually has a dark green '94 T-5 with a 5 speed, just bought it a little while ago, so I know they are nice <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P>Prices vary from year, condition and milage. I'm not aware of any bad years, all will treat you well if services properly. In canadian dollars I remember in 1996 prices started at $32,000 for the GLE to $55,000 for the mighty R. It seems to me a used 850 is a good deal, prices dropped here with the release of the new platforms - which is a great thing if your looking to buy! Good luck!<P>
 

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Oh, if you care a lot about looks the '95-'97 models looked the same. The '94 850 sedan had older style taillights. The '94 wagon had different trim and bumper mouldings. Really early '94s (sedan & wagon) had taller headlights. In my opinion for looks and probably helps for resale it is nice to get a 1995+. <P>
 

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Nice list Steve <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><BR>Hey was the T-5R before the 850R? I must have had that backwards...<P>
 

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T-5R was 1995<BR>850R was '96-'97<P>Don't get a '93 850, which really isn't a concern if you're only looking for a wagon. The '93 was non-turbo, sedan only, and it had frequent A/C and auto trans problems. They also used 4 lug wheels (only year for that bolt pattern, '95-on are 5x108mm) and taller headlights that were only used until early '94.<P>I'd agree that '95-'97 would be the best to look for, but don't rule out a '94 Turbo. In '97 the GLT got a 2.4L I5 low pressure turbo engine that made around 190hp. This should make for a nice car to drive, with the added power of the turbo, but not the lag of the high pressure turbo (850 Turbo/T-5/T-5R/R)<P>
 

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Thank you all for such informative responses. After doing some research I'm about ready to sell my car.....lol<P>How "peppy" are the 850 wagons with the naturally aspirated motors?? The turbos?<P>The girlfriend is thrilled she can afford some of these cars she has always loved. "All that car for the price of my Honda?" she said.........<P>Gotta love her<P><BR>Ryan
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Lunitixx:<BR><B>How "peppy" are the 850 wagons with the naturally aspirated motors?? The turbos?<P>Ryan</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Ryan,<P>That is a 'relative' question, IMHO, because it all depends on what you and your gf are used to in terms of 'power'. The normally aspirated I5 is pretty good, but the turbocharged I5's can be awesome, if you have never felt the rush of a turbocharged car. An 850 Turbo wagon is a sweet machine and very quick, that can pretty much hang with the same year Mustang GT's. Good luck on your purchase.<P>Finally, welcome to Swedespeed! <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P> <IMG SRC="http://ebay0.ipixmedia.com/abc/M28/_EBAY_f6066a4e856e79a7ad6f679907437c11/i-2_B_L.JPG"> <P>-Drew
 
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