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Hello everyone. I would like to introduce myself. I just today purchased my first volvo. Its a 1997 850 T-5 w/ 115K. Black with dark grey interoir. My mother has had 2 volvos herself when I was growing up so I have always liked them. I am coming over from the VW/Audi and the 4X4 Jeep world. This volvo has the typical stripped odometer gear so the odometer doesnt work but the speedo does. The car is pretty clean. I picked it up for $6800. There are some stupid things that I want to get fixed. The prior owner bought the car from his sister that purchased brand new in 97. He had every record for everything that his sister and he had done to the car. It pulls strong and just about everything works. Well I will be around to be asking plenty of questions. Is there a bentley manual for these cars or what? What is the best form of repair manual? I would love to read up in that! Later!
 

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Welcome. Nice to have detailed records on these cars, sounds like a great find. Check out the IPD website (there's a link in the Ask IPD section here). They have a Haynes manual for your ride for about $16.00. Never seen it, but call them & the knowledgeable guys over there will fill you in as to what it contains. Good luck.
 

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Welcome! Welcome! Im also here from the VW/Audi world. The Volvos have proven to be MUCH more reliable and of better quality compared to the VW/Audi family. At least from my vast experience with VWs. Im sure you will be happy with your new 850! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Hello neighbors! (speedboxt-5)

congrats. i think your gonna have fun!<p>i picked up a 97 855 T5 last year that has just about avery IPD upgrade that can be done. i had the ABS unit rebuilt, and some basic "it's getting old" kinda stuff done (it's got 168,000) and i am lovin' this car. the more i drive it, the more i like it. a couple of thots. chip it. basically makes it a lot like an R. and put an exhaust on it. will let it breathe and make it sound coool. then lower it, that will set it apart a little from other volvos on the road and lower the CG. IPD grill, skidplate, euro rails, tint the windows...just have fun! and feel free to ask questions. seeya.
 
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