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Last weekend I went to check out a yellow T-5R that a local enthusiast had posted for sale in a Volvo Facebook group. I wanted to pick it up for a daily driver as I didn't want to put unnecessary miles on my T-5M (Look for J-Roc's 97 T-5 progression thread). Myself and a friend drove 3 hours from Portland to Seattle to look at this car expecting it to be really beat. Pictures made it look bad, one of the titans was bent, and all the tires were shot so they were thrown in the back of the car, and it was rolling on steelies, it had 194k on a non operational odometer (actual mileage was 204k), and had the normal lot of P80 maintenance that needed to be performed, especially near the 210k mileage interval (timing belt etc)
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Long story short, the guy who owned the car was a former Volvo tech and made the car sound way worse than it was. It was dealer serviced until about 2005 and the car came with a big notebook full of service records. Car was very straight, and paint was in remarkably good shape other than the front bumper which had the typical R bumper damage.
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Scooped the car up for a little over 2 grand and drove it home that night. Which was pretty horrible as one or more of the steel wheels were bent or missing wheel weights so the car shook pretty badly at highway speed, the front struts were super blown as he had said and the seat adjustment pack was broken and both front seats were stuck in "gangster lean" mode. Despite all that the car was in very good shape.
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Blurry shot rolling home.
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Home all safe, parked across the street from my T5M. The car also came with a bunch of spare parts (door, door panels etc) which was pretty awesome.
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First garage day today. PCV system and intake tune up was in order.
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Cleaned out the MAF as the car threw a running rich code the day before whilst cruising around, I figured it was a clogged PCV causing the issues but I wanted to be safe. Also went and threw a K&N panel filter on the car that I had from my 2000R parts car.
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Starting the teardown. The amount of things that were replaced at the dealer that are usually neglected by normal owners was very surprising. All the intercooler couplers were new, new oil cooler lines, new power steering pump, new brake booster, and most surprising was the transmission had been replaced at some point. Dealer serviced cars are nice :)
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I had never dealt with EGR before as my car is a 97 and any of the P80's I've done PCV service on have been 96 or newer. I really don't want to ever deal with EGR again. When reinstalling the EGR valve somehow it sheared in half. I then had to run to the junkyard and pull one off a base model 95. To make it worse Portland decided to have a monsoon at the exact moment I went to the junkyard so I got soaked getting this thing off the car. Glad I did the PCV service though. All the hoses were super brittle and the lower port on the engine was nearly filled to the top with gunk. Also the PTC was just unplugged and looked to have been for some time. Wrangled the new EGR valve on and put the car back together and called it a day.
Will update as I get this thing back to a nice stock daily. :)
 

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Nice car,great buy..looking forward to seeing the progress
 

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Good find! Nice to see you are treating it very well too!
 

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Lucky car ending up in your hands! Definately keep us posted.
 

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Went ahead and drained the coolant out of the car to replace all the coolant hoses. This air guide was all sorts of messed up, held up with wood screws on one side and the center section was hanging down a good 6 inches. Removed that from the car and am going to get a new one from the JY when I go next.

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Previous owner did this "sick Volvospeed mod" to the stock airbox. I was not feeling that so I grabbed the one off my parts car and replaced it with one without "speed holes"

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All new Volvo coolant hoses including the two small turbo feed and return hoses which were really bulged out. Timing belt and water pump were done too. I forgot to take a picture of the water pump but it was really bad and probably original. The bearing had shifted in and the blades on the pump had started to walk in towards the engine. The actual gear was digging into the housing of the pump. Glad I went and replaced it!

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Got a new button set for my fob! Also regretfully, the brakes on the yellow failed at about 5 mph and I bumped into a lady in a new Honda. Her car had a tiny scuff on the bottom of the bumper that I paid to get fixed and the yellow luckily took no damage. Got that taken care of and had the car sit for a week while I gathered some brake components. Rotors, Ceramic pads, and IPD stainless lines went on the car along with new fluid. Sorry I didn't take any pics of this but I was working on a time crunch plus lots of brake fluid on your hands isn't the best for taking pictures. Seemed that there was some air in the system and a possible leak on one of the hoses. I got them replaced and the system bled and the car stops amazing now.

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Just hanging out with the T-5M. Threw the clear corners that I used to have on the blue car on the yellow too. My detailing side is driving me nuts on this car as I want to polish and detail it but I need to fix it first!

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Seems like everyone I know is having bad luck with their cars. My friends 850R was rear ended and totaled the other day so we took his Volans and put them on the yellow while we find him a new car. I like the look. The yellow got its suspension gone through with some Sachs struts, new Febi upper bearings and IPD blue springs, IPD spring seats, and IPD endlinks. The endlinks were so bad you could shake the endlink in your hand and they would rattle like crazy. Sits quite nice if you ask me!

Also I went to get the bent Titan fixed and the shop cracked the wheel when trying to straighten it, so now I'm on the hunt for another Titan. If anybody has one let me know!

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Turns out the cable that runs from the seatback motor to the transmission on it slipped so I did some repairs so I can adjust the seat now. Drivers side done, still need to go after the passenger seat as it has the same thing going on.

On the way to the DMV the other day to get new plates and get the title transferred I gave the car a full throttle pull up to around 90mph and it misfired on all five cylinders at WOT. Going to look at it today or tomorrow. Think its a clogged fuel filter or an ignition coil starting to go bad. Car runs great still so I don't expect a vacuum leak (which I will test for anyways to be sure) or basic ignition components as they are all new. I have a new fuel filter I've been meaning to put on and my friend has a known good coil he's going to give me so I'm going to try those and hopefully that's what is going on.

One thing after another with this thing! Will update soon.
 

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How hard is it getting into the seat back like that? My rake adjustment has been NG for a long time but it would be nice to get it going again...
 

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How hard is it getting into the seat back like that? My rake adjustment has been NG for a long time but it would be nice to get it going again...
Not hard. I think someone on Matthews Volvo Site has a write up on it that I used. Tackled the other seat today and was much faster on this one second time around. Basically you have to remove some hog rings on the upper portion of the seat and then roll it up about halfway then take the cable out of the motor on the upper section of the seat, head up the metal end and remove it then trim some of the sheath on the cable off, put the metal end back on and then take the cable and cycle it in the motor there until it grabs then put it back together. I used zip ties instead of hog rings to reinstall. Probably around 45 minutes per seat. Maybe less. But I took my time.
 

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Not hard. I think someone on Matthews Volvo Site has a write up on it that I used. Tackled the other seat today and was much faster on this one second time around. Basically you have to remove some hog rings on the upper portion of the seat and then roll it up about halfway then take the cable out of the motor on the upper section of the seat, head up the metal end and remove it then trim some of the sheath on the cable off, put the metal end back on and then take the cable and cycle it in the motor there until it grabs then put it back together. I used zip ties instead of hog rings to reinstall. Probably around 45 minutes per seat. Maybe less. But I took my time.
I did a writeup on this a couple years ago on Volvospeed.

http://volvospeed.com/vs_forum/topic/143835-write-up-850-seat-back-cable-replacement/
 

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Great write-up. I did this repair on my '94 850 10+ years ago - your instructions took me back! My driver seat got stuck in a reclined position when I was around an hour from home - that made for an interesting drive.

To the OP - car looks great. Where did you get the replacement key fob buttons from?
 

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Great write-up. I did this repair on my '94 850 10+ years ago - your instructions took me back! My driver seat got stuck in a reclined position when I was around an hour from home - that made for an interesting drive.

To the OP - car looks great. Where did you get the replacement key fob buttons from?
Yeah the seat repair is a fun one for sure.
I got the button pad on Amazon. Here's the link for the new button pad. Kind of spendy but I couldn't find it anywhere else.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SS3YQEW?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00
 
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