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Hello folks...<p>I found a 1996 Volvo 850 GLT for sale. It has an automatic transmission, loaded with all kings of options. The owner says the car has about 171,000 of mostly highway miles and was garage-kept. He wants about $3,000 for it... Is that a fair price?<p>I know 850's are nice cars, but I don't have any experience owning one. What sort of things should I watch out for when I meet the owner to inspect the car? Any known trouble spots or issues that I should pay special attention to?<p>Any help appreciated!<br>Denis
 

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Re: Need some advice with buying a used 850 (the_dude)

SERVICE RECORDS are your friend.<br>A Volvo with those miles can be fine, it depends on what services and repairs have been done.<br>Hang loose for a day, I'm looking at a 95 850 today with only 50K on it. Hopefully I'll be able to buy it.<br>I don't think I'll be able to sell it for 3K but for just a little more you would have a MUCH newer car<br>JRL
 

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Yea, I'm supposed to see that car tomorrow. The owner seems to have taken very good care of the 850 and should have complete records. What sort of things should have been replaced for this mileage? The timing belt should have been replaced recently, otherwise it would need replacing soon (every 60K?), right?<p>An 850 with 50K seems like a pretty rare find! Let me know how that goes. It would probably cost like 6,000 or something of that sort...
 

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Timing belts every 70K.<br>A/C evaporator should have been replaced by now along with a couple <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> of ABS modules. IF the A/C is not working, it will be a 1500 hit to repair<br><B>CHECK THE TRANNY FLUID.</B> See how many times it's been serviced<br>Shocks, sway bar links, tie rod ends, etc. etc. ALL should have been replaced at <br>By this mileage almost everything (all wear items) should have been replaced at least once, perhaps twice<br>JRL<br>(850 would not be 6K, maybe $4995 WITH A WARRANTY <B>if </B>I get it)
 

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brown, or black = BAD.<br>Either way, avoid the car if the fluid smells burnt. <br>Should be red. <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by MadeInJapan at 4:15 PM 4-4-2006</i>
 

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Brownish-red is fine, and indicates the fluid has done its job and is likely nearing the end of its life. <p>Jim has nailed most of what to do on these. But I would also cleanse out the engine, tranny and power steering system with AutoRX. Sometimes the results are quite impressive where maintenance was compromised. <p>After cleaning the ATX, reverse flush and fill it with Mobil 1 ATF. You should be good for another 40k.<p>With that mileage, if the maintenance is suspect or not current, you must have a deep wallet up front to bring it back to par. The evap alone is a $1200-$1800 job if you pay someone to do it. Don't forget the brakes, which should have been flushed out every two or three years. <p>These cars need continuing maintenance and are not cheap to maintain. Having it, they will run a very long time. <p>
 
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