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I went to a hole-in-the-wall used car dealer in Bloomington today and saw a Platinum Edition 1996 Volvo 855 Turbo wagon. I remember sitting in an identical car in the Volvo showroom in 1996, being ten years old. <p>Anyways, a seemingly honest old man old enough to have served in WWII owns the dealer. He said he picked it up at auction for $3900. He said the car was owned by an Indianapolis doctor and his family. I could pick it up for $4200 plus 7% Georgia Sales tax.<p>1996 Volvo 855 Platinum Edition, 114k miles.<br>222 HP Turbo Inline-5, 2.3 liter.<br>There was a squealing noise in the suspension, probably a bad wheel bearing. At full steering lock there was a loose feeling, and a slight clunking noise. The steering in my Pathfinder was more accurate and less vague! But the turbo sure as hell was fun, and I blew by a cop and he didn't notice! White Volvo wagons have their benefits...<p><IMG SRC="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v244/Georgia4Runner/Random%20Pics/IMG_1041.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v244/Georgia4Runner/Random%20Pics/IMG_1040.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v244/Georgia4Runner/Random%20Pics/IMG_1039.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v244/Georgia4Runner/Random%20Pics/IMG_1038.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v244/Georgia4Runner/Random%20Pics/IMG_1037.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v244/Georgia4Runner/Random%20Pics/IMG_1036.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Would you go from a Pathfinder to this? I may keep looking for a cheap Bimmer, but not sure I want an E30 as a DD. Maybe a decent E34. Thanks, and that's my first post!
 

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Re: Looked at an 855 Turbo today (Denton)

Welcome to Swedespeed <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> I have always had an affinity for the 850 wagon, and the one at which you are looking appears to be in a splendid state. Make sure to get the vin number and run it through Carfax. It might also be a good idea to ring Volvo(or one of their dealers) and see if the recall work has been completed on the car(i.e. fuel tank recall). If you are lucky, the ABS module has been replaced, or rebuilt. If not, visit <A HREF="http://home.earthlink.net/~vicrocha/ " TARGET="_blank">http://home.earthlink.net/~vicrocha/ </A>, and there you can read up on the ABS module meister. At the age of the 850, you might also be in for an evaporator and heater core-as well as a steering rack. Looking at the picture of the engine bay, it would also be useful to replaced the "old" grey overflow tank cap with the "newer" green one. I will also list for you various websites that sell Volvo parts, so that you can begin to see what things might cost. Once again, welcome to the board, and have a most enjoyable weekend <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p> <A HREF="http://ipdusa.com" TARGET="_blank">http://ipdusa.com</A> <br> <A HREF="http://fcpgroton.com/volvo.htm" TARGET="_blank">http://fcpgroton.com/volvo.htm</A> <br> <A HREF="http://alloemautoparts.com/" TARGET="_blank">http://alloemautoparts.com/</A>
 

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Re: Looked at an 855 Turbo today (Denton)

Cheap enough. Be prepared to at least rebuild the front suspension and a new steering rack (Only $230 from fcpgroten)
 

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Id buy it! The leather would irritate me enough to have it fixed. Check to see if there are any oil leakes. Check the HVAC unit. As you know you're going to need to spend a little money to make that wagon really nice. Most likely will need a good tune up. But it should treat you well if you treat it well and get it into shape. Good find! Im a little jealous. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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I just checked out a red 97 855. First time driving one. It drove well, and the engine sure is strong. Was pleasantly surprised at the handling in my short drive. The one I saw must've been sitting out in the sun a lot, though, as the dash and steering wheel were in poor shape. Seats didn't have any holes in 'em though! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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+ 2 on jealous... I paid 6500 for my 97 855, same stats less being platnum. Iv already replaced my frnt control amrs, end links, fuel pump, ABS TRACS module, ignition wires, cap, rotor, plugs and soon the PVC system and vac hoses.<p>That car will look hot with blue Samco's and a polished aluminum turbo inlet. ( my car is gonna get the same this summer) It looks like a great buy.
 

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Nice find. For just a little $ more in upgrades/repairs (some mentioned already), you would have yourself a beautiful ride that will last for a long time! <p>A similar ride here in CA w/ similar mileage was recently listed for about $6k (dealer, of course).
 

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Please excuse my ignorance, but what do 854 and 855 mean? Are they Volvo chassis codes before and after the midcycle redesign, or something else? I hardly ever hear an 850 referred to as an 855 or an 854 except for on enthusiast boards.<p>EDIT: Nevermind, just read the "model information" topic that's stickied in this forum. 854 is the sedan, and 855 is the wagon.
 

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Re: (peterjmag)

85<B>4</B>= 4 doors, sedan. 855= <B>5</B> doors, wagon.<br>These are just internal Volvo codes. Don't worry, I didn't know either 3 years ago and I owned Volvos for 10 years
 
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