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Ok so I'm new here and fairly close to getting an 1995-1997 850 wagon. Here's where the questions start.<p>Did the base wagon and GT have any turbo in them? Or just a standard 5 cyl.?<p>The GLT's have a light pressure turbo right? and the Turbo has what, a high pressure turbo? And the R or Turbo R or what ever they called it for the year has what an eveb higher pressure turbo?<p>I live in Minnesota and will be driving it year-round. Any cold weather thoughts on engine choices or tire choices?<p>Any info would be great. <p>Thanks <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Lots of Questions 850 Wagons in General (DougAllan)

And further more, is there any years, or models I should stear clear of? The first years?<p>Thanks again <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emcrook.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Lots of Questions 850 Wagons in General (DougAllan)

93 was the first year, probably want to stay clear of that year.<br>for 95-97 there are 4 models.<br>Base (n/a)<br>GLT(light turbo in 97 only, 95-96 n/a)<br>Turbo (high presure turbo)<br>R (high presure turbo)<br>Base/GLE is 168 HP<br>'95-96 GLT is 168 HP<br>'97 GLT is 197 HP<br>turbo/T5 is 222 HP<br>T5-R/R is 240 HP<br>in 95 the R was called the T5-R<br>in 96-97 it was just the R<br>The difference between the T5-R and the R is the wheels and interior are different. In 95 the T5-R had titans, 97-97 Volans.<p>If you are looking for after market upgradeable cars, the turbo and the R chip to the same HP 275, for that reason a lot of people go with the turbo if they are going to get the chip anyway.<p>Have any car checked out before you buy it, and try and find one with service records.<p>Get the cold weather pacakge, which comes with heated seats and traction control, and little whipers on the headlights <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>That answer your questions? Have any more?<br>
 

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Re: Lots of Questions 850 Wagons in General (Kaizai)

Thanks Kaizai,<p>Those are all things I had a pretty good hunch on but that clears it up.<p>What does a chip do to a GLT (light-pressure turbo)? Bad idea?<p>Are R type wheels available anywhere?<p>-Doug
 

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Re: Lots of Questions 850 Wagons in General (DougAllan)

the GLT light presure turbo goes from 197 to 230 HP<p>You can find sets of used R rims on ebay or IPD classifid ads, if you hunt you can get a decent set for ~750. New from the dealer they are 450 each I think.<br>
 

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Re: Lots of Questions 850 Wagons in General (Kaizai)

I thought GLT Low Pressure Turbo was only for 97 850. 93-96 non-turbo had the N/A engines
 

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Re: Lots of Questions 850 Wagons in General (mpeng168)

You might be right, the GLT with the light pressure might have been '97 only I am not sure.
 

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Re: Lots of Questions 850 Wagons in General (Kaizai)

Just put 100,000 miles on our 1995 850 wagon. It's never given us a moment of trouble and I'd trust it anywhere anytime. Our 2000 mile trip thru eastern Europe this summer was great, bad roads and all. Volvo has still got to show that they can top the 850 in duribility and depenability. I'm sure they will eventully, but you can't go wrong with one that's been taken care of.<p>Glen
 

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Re: Lots of Questions 850 Wagons in General (Kaizai)

Yeah, thats what I've heard. 1997 was the only LPT year. So I guess there was a GLT in both turbo and non-turbo, but that is the last model 850 only. All other turbos (94-97) are T-5s, T-5Rs('95) or R('96-'97). I believe 1993 only had a saloon, no estate(wagon) and no turbo.<br>The first production year for any car is always a little ify.<br>I believe the T-5R makes the same horsepower as the R but only has something like 30 seconds of that extra boost, then it makes normal T-5 power, the R will run full power for as long as you want. Not sure if that is right or not, but what I've been told.<BR><BR>
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Re: Lots of Questions 850 Wagons in General (Kaizai)

<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>93 was the first year, probably want to stay clear of that year.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>Yes, I'd have to agree. Auto trans and A/C problems were a little more common, no wagon model, no turbo model, different (taller) headlights than late '94+, and 4 lug wheels that mean you can't use Titan, Volan, etc.<p><br><BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>for 95-97 there are 4 models.<br>...GLT(light turbo)...<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>1997 was the only year for the 850GLT LPT model. The earlier GLT was the n/a 2.4L w/168hp.
 

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Re: Lots of Questions 850 Wagons in General (towerymt)

GLT is a trim specification, not an engine one, so the LPT has to be looked for independently of that spec.<p>Always go for the larger engine (I'm not sure whether the 2 litre engine made it to the US, but it should be avoided like the plague).<p>Most older estates will have picked up rattles and squeaks, usually in the tailgate - these can be be sorted out by disassembly and packing the offending gate with foam or similar, but you'll need a complete set of new trim fasteners on hand since the old ones self-destruct.<p>In the UK, R spec cars have much harder and lower suspension, though they don't seem to over there - probably because the roads are more variable (ha ha!).<p>For my money the best estate would be a T5 or a GLT or CD 2.5 20V; auto of course since that's the only option for you poor Yanks.<p>And DO get the winter packed cars, since headlamp wipers are not retro-fittable - also get roof bars if you can, since they're very expensive.
 

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Re: Lots of Questions 850 Wagons in General (Simon Linton)

<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>Always go for the larger engine (I'm not sure whether the 2 litre engine made it to the US, but it should be avoided like the plague).<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>North America didn't get the 2L, and only in Canada was a 10V version available. In the US, they're 20V and 2.3L+.<p><BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>In the UK, R spec cars have much harder and lower suspension, though they don't seem to over there - probably because the roads are more variable (ha ha!).<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>The US-spec R is lower and stiffer and the T-5, but not by a lot. Aftermarket lowering spings and sway bars will further stiffen an R, so maybe they are softer than European spec cars.<p><BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>For my money the best estate would be a T5 or a GLT or CD 2.5 20V; auto of course since that's the only option for you poor Yanks.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>We got <i>some</i> manuals, but they are scarce. It's the R models that were auto-only in the US, but were available with a manual in Canada.<br>
 
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