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I'm looking for a inexspensive sedan or wagon to commute 120 miles a day and still little fun to drive. Also needs to needs to get better MPG than my GTO which gets 20MPG.<br>I drove a 96' 850R<br>red sedan today w/165K on it and they are asking $5900.<br>The car is at a small used car dealer.<br>According to the dealer the timing belt was done 20K ago (w/receipts), with the front brakes.<br>The car needs tires, one good dent above gas door, rear brakes look like thety will need replacing,worn drivers bolster, and needs a detail bad. Car was serviced by a local Volvo dealer by PO.<p>The lifters sounded like they were ticking a little, would this be common for a volvo with 165K on it? How do the transmissions hold up? What would be some trouble spots to look out for?<p>They came down to $5500 for it, sound fair? I was thinking closer to 5K. Any comments?<p><IMG SRC="http://images.autotrader.com/images/2006/5/20/202/447/505986829.202447999.IM1.09.565x421_A.562x421.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://images.autotrader.com/images/2006/5/20/202/447/505986826.202447999.IM1.04.565x421_A.562x421.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://images.autotrader.com/images/2006/5/20/202/447/505986832.202447999.IM1.03.565x421_A.562x421.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Looking @ 850R (duganc1717)

Looks OK <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> but For a couple of grand more I just bought a <B>98 S70 T5 5 speed </B>with 90K, (for sale) or check out one of my wagons that I have for sale.<br>All are 100% and need nothing and have a whole lot less miles. Personally I wouldn't start buying ANY car with that many miles if you're doing over 100 miles a day<br>Please look at the classifieds or email me<br>JRL
 

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I dont think its to unreasonable.<p>I say offer 5, if it drives nice and doesn't leak oil that'd be a pretty good deal imo.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>doug242ti</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I dont think its to unreasonable.<p>I say offer 5, if it drives nice and doesn't leak oil that'd be a pretty good deal imo.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>I agree, not unreasonable but why start with a 160k mile car when you know you'll be driving nearly 130 miles a day <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> ?<br>Loud tappets are <I>usually </I>from infrequent oil changes. Not 100%, but <B>usually.</B> SO, if you know that this car probably has had minimum service, who knows what else is bad or going bad soon <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>BTW, you won't get a whole lot more than 20 mpg (if that) unless you hold it at 55-60 and not press that gas pedal.<br>I have an all around of 18.5 in my stock 850R (same car) in perfect tune. I get about 21-22 tops on the road and that's with premium.<br>Buy a stick Honda Civic or something like that if you want mileage, Volvos do NOT get great gas mileage
 

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Re: Looking @ 850R (duganc1717)

won't get much more than 20MPG. Not a bad deal and something I would consider if your commute was not as long.850's are a solid, but at 150k plus you may be headed for more costly repairs...also make sure you take the car on the highway,Bent wheels are a possibility with that kind of mileage. If you can get it for $4500, I'd say go for it.
 

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Re: Looking @ 850R (duganc1717)

At 165K miles, ATF (Dexron-III) will be black. I would not power flush, in fear that debris will break loose and cause problems.<p>Here are procedures that I used to drain and fill...<p><A HREF="http://www.volvoforums.com/m_25657/tm.htm" TARGET="_blank">http://www.volvoforums.com/m_25657/tm.htm</A><p>Best option is to purchase ATF DIY flush kit from<br><A HREF="http://www.fcpgroton.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.fcpgroton.com</A><p>Also, do NOT use power steering fluid. Our systems use Dexron-III. <p>Also, do NOT use OEM 90C/195F thermostat, purchase 87C/190F Wahler from<br><A HREF="http://www.fcpgroton.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.fcpgroton.com</A><p>Also, coolant system leakdown test, engine compression test, and Visual Inspection from Volvo Dealership ($130) would verify condition of car. <p>BTW -- someone stole the "R" badge from the trunk deck. <p>
 

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In the picture of the backend, it appears that the trunklid is of a slightly different hue that the surrounding panels. And from my experience, I think the "Volvo" and the "850" badges are not in the correct place. Judging from this picture, I would be willing to speculate that the trunklid has been replaced. Any thoughts?
 

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<IMG SRC="http://images.autotrader.com/images/2006/5/20/202/447/505986832.202447999.IM1.03.565x421_A.562x421.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><br><IMG SRC="http://img162.imageshack.us/img162/4024/volvo5951ij7hq.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p>I dont know, I see what your saying about the mismatched paint, but I think its just the R emblem thats been removed, but the bumper still could have been repainted.
 

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Duganc- <p>In case your curious about other retail R prices, there is a red 96 850R (854) in Knoxville TN for sale at a small Volvo indie dealer. The car has the OEM 18" BBS Tritons w/ good tires, 158k, and is in very good condition (aside from minor paintwork issues). The drivers seat, suede and all, shows negligible wear. Also has an IPD exhaust-- other upgrades unknown. His asking price is 6995.
 

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And if either of you looked in the for sale posts, I just bought a 96 R with 143K miles selling for $6295, all serviced and inspected <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Thanks for all the replies, @ the momment I'm not sure what to buy. <br>I test drove another R and I'm not sure if I'll be completely happy with one. <br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <br> I'm gonna keep looking around @ different sedans for now.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>rreddick87</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">JRL, just curious- As a dealer, do you have a "lot" or do you operate more as a Volvo-underground business?</TD></TR></TABLE><br>I am a licensed and bonded PA dealer.<br>Primary business is wholesale but I retail Volvos which I first throughly service and go over with the proverbial fine tooth comb.<br>I think by now I know what to look for
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">And if either of you looked in the for sale posts, I just bought a 96 R with 143K miles selling for $6295, all serviced and inspected <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><br>Lowered the price substantially, read my for sale post
 
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