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Hi, I'm looking into buying a 95 850 T5-R. I don't know much about 850's so can somebody help me? It has a list of mods but I'm not too sure how good they are and what the reliabilty is. Here's the link to the car:
http://www.autotrader.com/findacar/vdetail.jtmpl?car_id=104083970&dealer_id=&certified=n&max_price=&start_year=1982&end_year=2003&address=92037&search_type=used&make=VOLVO&model=85 0T5R&min_price=&distance=75&advcd_on=n&advanced=n&color=&car_year=1995

sorry... just cut and paste it and it should work. Can somebody just tell me their opinion of the car and whether its worth it or not? Very much appreaciated!!!
 

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Limited Edition 850 T5-R: 97,000 miles with Extended Warranty to 100,000 miles & no deductible (transferable to new owner), Excellent (like new) condition, to boot I am a non-smoker. All options incl. winter package with traction control, 17 factory rims with Pirelli p-7000, 300+ h.p. Modified Eng., K+N filter, Bilstein Shocks, IPD Sway Bars, IPD ECU Up Grd, IPD Exhaust, Ft & Rear Power Slot Rotors, Euro Side Turning Sigs, and PIAA Headlights."

IPD is the best place for Volvo mods in my opinion. It sounds like it is a good deal, if he really has all that IPD stuff, that is a lot of time and money into that car, and if it still has a warranty that is very rare. It looks like the blue book on it is 11,500. So if that is really what you are looking for, and you want those mods, and it is in good shape, it is a good deal


http://www.ipdusa.com
 

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It is way over 2K worth of mods...
 

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We've done a lot of research into the claims of various R and T5R modifiers (not including ipd, I grant, since we're in the UK) and 300+bhp is frankly a fantasy for anything short of a complete competition rebuild.

The research includes calibrated rolling road testsand direct contact with people like Prodrive, Kalmar Union and TME.

Without a total uprating of the engine and drivetrain, that kind of power will self-destruct in short order - it's like NOX, great for short bursts, but no good in the long term.

The standard R (which I have) goes like a rocket - for a 2 ton 5 seat luxury cruiser.

Don Norchi has a S70 race car that really does go like a rocket, but of course that has one seat, no sound deadening, full roll cage, etc. etc. etc and of course a sump-up rebuild and uprate of everything from the fuel tank to the tyres.

Don't be unrealistic, the 850 R and T5-R is a superb high speed machine but it is not a quarter-mile dash winner and never should be modified to get there.

If this car has been thrashed to buggery, it's not a good buy no matter how much money has been spent.

Check all the normal car things first before you buy.
 

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I did test drive the car and visually inspected it when I drove it. Everything seems to be in good working order and the exterior and interior of the car is in pristine shape. The guy seemed to know what he was talking about and was very confidant about the performance and reliability of the car. I guess one must always be very cautious when buyin a previously modded car.

How does the new ECU affect reliability? How about the price of the car? is it justified?
 

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It is a rare car, first Volvo R model ever. If that is what you are looking for, and the car is in good shape, then only you can decide if it is the right deal for you.

If it is under warrenty for a few more months, then i don't see any problems, just take it to the dealer and have them look it over and fix anything that is broken
 

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1995 - 850 T-5R
1996 - 850 R
1997 - 850 R
1998 - V70 R
1999 - V70 R
2000 - V70 R
2001 - 2002 nothing
2003 - S60 R

this is for the USA
I think in other countries they had an S70R insteed of V70R.

Standard 850 is 168 HP
850 low presure turbo or GLT is 197 HP
850 high presure turbo or T5 or Turbo is 222 HP
850 T-5R or R is 240 HP

the V70R's had a little more than 240, I think 98 was 241, 99 was 250, and 00 was 261. The V70R's were also AWD.
 

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quote:

Originally posted by towerymt:
Except maybe for this one




I was talking USA market
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