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Hi, my name is Lenore and I'm new to Swedespeed. I've been driving my '94 850 since I started driving, about a year and a half ago. I've had a lot of problems with the car and some, uh, unique, experiences with it. (Small animals have died in my car...) I've basically dealt with every single problem that could possibly come up with the car. Is anyone else's 850 this unreliable? As we speak, my Check Engine light has been lit up for at least the 6th time this year. Hope to get some good tips on this site! See ya later!<P>
 

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Lenore,<BR>actaully... the only problem I have had with my T5 is the ignition switch is sort of going bad, and a transmision sensor that doesn't like the cold... oh, and well... keeping tires on it for more than a year, but thats a problem with my right foot, not the car. I have actaully had less problems with my car than my Mom's Outback which we got new in 98 <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/rolleyes.gif">. How could you let an animal die in your car?? did it sit or something?<P>--Austin
 

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I can't tell if my 850 is in good shape or not. It's a '94 model, with 71,000K on it. It's been in my family since we first got it and I'm the last to get it. My dad is so fed up with having to get it fixed every other week that he says he's just going to "throw it away" after I go to college next year. Every month so far this year, either the Check Engine light has come on or the Brake light or something, which resulted in hundreds of dollars in repair each time. I've been ignoring the last Check Engine light for about 3 months know - hope it's nothing series. <P>About the animal dying in my car...my sister decided to take our hamster for a ride in the Volvo and he ended up crawling into a hole on the passenger side of the car and got lost somewhere behind the radio/AC in there. We took it to the shop so they could find him but they were too late...my car STINKED for weeks! <P>What color is everyone's 850? Mine's imperial red (i think thats what its called)it's the pretty dark red, not the bright red. <P>-lenore
 

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Mine is the same color.<BR> <A HREF="http://homepage.mac.com/turboale/PhotoAlbum.html" TARGET=_blank>http://homepage.mac.com/turboale/PhotoAlbum.html</A> <P>That story reminds me about when My mom was in a wreck a few years back... we were on our way to a potluck at my brother's old school, and she rearended someone and beans and **** went all over the car... it STUNK sooo bad, I wouldn't ride with her for two weeks. It was so gross.<P>enuf for now,<P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by turboale:<BR><B>and she rearended someone and beans and **** went all over the car... </B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Beans and R1CE? Hehehe...didn't expect even use to word at different situation would get censored, huh?
 

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The seatwarmers in my car randomly decided to stop working today. The little red light doesn't come on and it doesn't work. What is that all about?! Is it just a random thing or should I bring it to my dealer to get it checked out? This car is falling apart on me... <P>-lenore
 

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Oh, come on now...it couldn't be that bad! My 850 has 203K miles and still runs great! Granted it looks like hell since some dickwad in a SUV wanted my lane...but that's another story all together. regarding your issues with the car, check the fuses. Corrosion has been an issue in mine and with some cleaning many issues can be resolved. If after cleaning both the fuses and contacts in the fuse-block the heater doesn't work, then pull the switch. You can gently pry it from the mount and then clean it. Take the switch apart and then polish all mating surfaces. This will cure most of the issues. In my 850, 85% of the issues were due to bad conductivity. The seat-heaters were one of them. Also, I dunno if you've spent any time at <A HREF="http://www.volvospeed.com," TARGET=_blank>www.volvospeed.com,</A> but you should. This site has taught me soo much as well as saved me serious $$$$! If you are not scared to turn some wrenches on your car...then the dealer will become a joke to you too. Trust me on this one...do it yourself and save money as well as learn the car's "personality". Start off with the seat heaters. Pull the switches, clean them, and give it a whirl. It's shocking how simple the cars really are once you dig in! <P>Good Luck.<P>Prospero (yeah...so I'm drunk...what's your point!?)<P>Happy newyear!
 

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My seatwarmers were being very temperamental today...on again off again, whatever it felt like doing. Thanks for the help, but I am close to completely car illiterate. I can put air in my tires and put more windshield wiper fluid in the thingy, but that's it! I'm a 17 year old girl...that's all I can say in defense.<P>Several quick questions:<P>Is it ok that I've been ignoring my Check Engine light for the past 3 months? The car feels fine...<P>I got into an accident a few months ago (some ******* ran a stop sign in a residential neighborhood going about 40 mph). I hit him in his side and got some damage to the front of my car (about $4500 in repairs) Since then my windshield cleaning fluid won't come out (it's full of the liquid, and I can't control my sideview mirrors from the little buttons on the inside. Anything I can do about this without having to pay my overpriced **** volvo dealership? P.S. the check engine light was on before the accident. <P>I like to gun my Volvo out of the red lights and tend to speed. I hardly ever attempt to dodge potholes or even slow down for them anymore (the streets of new orleans are horrid) - is that bad for the car? The tires are ok and I've never had a flat tire or any problems with that. <P>One last general question: How do you get show polish off of the painted part of the car?? My friends used shoe polish to write on my windows a couple months ago and there are noticable flecks of it all over the side and back of my car. I don't know how to get it off without chipping the paint. <P>Thanks!! <P>-lenore<P>P.S. Happy new year!
 

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WOW! You sound like you're having lots of trouble with that car... maybe it's just a Lemon.<P>As for the potholes, they will eventually do damage to your car. Sometimes, you can get the Volvo person to read the codes for the Check Engine light for free... I've got friends who are 17, they find ways to manipulate guys like that. jp.<P>With the windshield cleaning fluid, sometimes the tubes that go into the little jets, become undone, so you can check to see if those are in all the way.<P>Good luck<P>
 

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pulling the switches for the seat heaters sounds like a good place to start. Any idea about Power Window switches....one of mine is sticking on/off. Must be the perfect placement under the cup holder and my Coffee is gumming them up. Does this swithc just pull up easily with a straight edge or what? I don't feel like removing the whole console just to do this, but will if necc. <BR>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Clooms:<BR><B>I'm a 17 year old girl... </B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Congrat~! I think you are probably the first female member~! Or at least the only one that actually posts msgs.<P>Hehehe...I'm surprised that the guys are behaving. Usually on other boards, you will see all the guys starting to mack on female members when they see one.<BR>
 

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Alright, I'll be the first one to lose my dignity.<P>Hey Clooms, whats your number? I'm 18 and drive a Volvo too, wanna go out?"<P>Alright, bad line. I'm ashamed now, but good luck with your car.<P>Duncan<BR>'96 854R
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Duncan:<BR><B>Alright, I'll be the first one to lose my dignity.....</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>I wish I could be as bold as you are.<BR>LoL...only if they don't have that whole legality issue about the age thingy. j/k j/k~~!! hehehe...<BR>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by The_one_n_only:<BR><B>Hehehe...I'm surprised that the guys are behaving.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>I totally missed that part, but it's not like I would have said anything.<P><BR>About the potholes, as long as your wheels are 16" or smaller, most potholes probably won't do any serious damage. I smacked a big hole once while doing about 75, and I actually pulled over to check the tire because the hit felt and sounded so bad. Nothing visible, no damage at all. I'm convinced that a pothole big enough to damage my 15" wheels will also damage the suspension or blowout the tire, so I'll know if that happens.<P>The worst ones in my opinion are the steel plates that cover construction or the man hole covers on a road that's being repaved, and the old pavement has been ground down, leaving a large bump in the road. I ALWAYS slow down when I see a sign for steel plates.<P>
 

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Oh, now this is difficult for me to stay out of!!! I would offer some more help in the subject but I'm sure Kai will bring up my old nickname! So for now I will stay hidden in that hole I usually crawl up out of. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"><P>Clooms...seriously, check out <A HREF="http://www.volvospeed.com" TARGET=_blank>www.volvospeed.com</A> for more info about reading codes. Post the codes you get and I'll help you figure out what they mean. Also, avoid the potholes! They're going to kill your car in time.<P>Prospero<P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by 1FASTBOX:<BR><B>What nickname? </B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Mista Ladykilla!! <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"><P>Anywayz....I think we have scared Lenore away, she's not responding.<BR>
 

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Welcome Clooms, what are the codes your car has? If you can hear your washer pump working the problem is most times at the pressure check valve under the hood behind the hood liner between the two washer jets, follow the hose you will see a black plastic object with a red cap that has three hoses attached. As far as shoe polish first I would make my friends pay for that one, I hate the fact people mess with others cars. Try a wax cleaner then the wax and polish, it may have stained the paint. <BR>As far as my car <A HREF="http://www24.brinkster.com/1fastbox" TARGET=_blank>http://www24.brinkster.com/1fastbox</A>
 

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Well I can't hit on Lenore, since I'm over the Atlantic - but here's a couple of bits of advice anyway.<BR>Faulty switches can be cured with a quick squirt of contact cleaner (and yes, you have to take the console out to get at the electric window switches) BUT the nice part is that contact cleaner usually works without taking the switch out.<P>Washer nozzles can become clogged, so try pulling the pipe off the bottom of the nozzle and giving the nozzle a squirt with a garage airline or tyre inflater.<P>Then run the washers without connecting the pipes to get rid of any much in the pipes.<P>Reconnect, and see.<P>Polish should be removable with meths or detergent and hot water, then polish the car with proper polish and use something like Back to Black on the grey trim strips - job done.
 
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