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Hello everyone! I'm new to this forum and volvos and I was looking very seriously into getting a 97 T5 Auto with 95k miles in Los Angeles.<P>What should I look for in terms of maintenance/weak spots? Rough tranny shift etc? Turbo noise?<P>And how many miles before a timing belt change? (How much at the volvo dealer?)<P>And how long does a typical turbocharger unit last?<P>Any recommendations on engine/tranny oil?<P>Thanks in advance!<BR>Rodney
 

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Welcome! I drive a '97 T-5 now (it's my second 850). No big issues to worry about. Like any car, this one has it's weaknesses. Most notable are the PNP switch on the tranny (kind of a relay to tell the transmission what gear you chose), and the evaporator in the AC. PNP is a pretty easy fix if you're handy. Evaporator will run you about a grand with a dealer. Interestingly, I personally haven't had a problem with either.<P>As to the timing belt, I won't let mine go beyond 60k miles between changes. Not worth the risk. I have a good Volvo certified indie mechanic. Charges me around $250 to change it in addition to other scheduled maintenance.<P>For lubrication, I'm a big fan of synthetic oils, specifically Mobil-1. I'm not hung up on the transmission fluid type, but I flush and fill it every 20k miles.<P>I may be a little more particular than most, but I drive the car pretty hard at times, and have never had a real problem.<P>Good luck!<P>(Subliminal message.... buy the Volvo... buy the Volvo... buy the Volvo.)<P>
 
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