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I posted a few months ago but finally got around to posting some pics of my "new" '96 850 Plat. I've resolved some issues, mostly cosmetic, but still needs an ABS module and new shocks, control arm bushings and a couple of minor odds and ends (taking it to IPD's shop next week for install here in Portland). It has a clean carfax, 163,000 miles and two previous owners here in the Northwest. I'm sure I'll get around to blowing much more money on other things in the future, but for now it's a great solid second car! Hoping to keep it for many years. It has certainly been worth the $2900 I paid for it so far. <p> <A HREF="http://www.use.com/1996_Volvo_850_Platinum_c5f7ed1467045f1b9b4a?p=1" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://media.use.com/images/s_2/c5f7ed1467045f1b9b4a_1.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><br><A HREF="http://www.use.com/1996_Volvo_850_Platinum_c5f7ed1467045f1b9b4a?p=2" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://media.use.com/images/s_2/c5f7ed1467045f1b9b4a_2.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><br><A HREF="http://www.use.com/1996_Volvo_850_Platinum_c5f7ed1467045f1b9b4a?p=3" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://media.use.com/images/s_2/c5f7ed1467045f1b9b4a_3.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><br><A HREF="http://www.use.com/1996_Volvo_850_Platinum_c5f7ed1467045f1b9b4a?p=4" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://media.use.com/images/s_2/c5f7ed1467045f1b9b4a_4.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><br><A HREF="http://www.use.com/1996_Volvo_850_Platinum_c5f7ed1467045f1b9b4a?p=5" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://media.use.com/images/s_2/c5f7ed1467045f1b9b4a_5.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><br><A HREF="http://www.use.com/1996_Volvo_850_Platinum_c5f7ed1467045f1b9b4a?p=6" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://media.use.com/images/s_2/c5f7ed1467045f1b9b4a_6.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><br><A HREF="http://www.use.com/1996_Volvo_850_Platinum_c5f7ed1467045f1b9b4a?p=7" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://media.use.com/images/s_2/c5f7ed1467045f1b9b4a_7.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><br><A HREF="http://www.use.com/1996_Volvo_850_Platinum_c5f7ed1467045f1b9b4a?p=8" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://media.use.com/images/s_2/c5f7ed1467045f1b9b4a_8.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><br><A HREF="http://www.use.com/1996_Volvo_850_Platinum_c5f7ed1467045f1b9b4a?p=9" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://media.use.com/images/s_2/c5f7ed1467045f1b9b4a_9.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><br><A HREF="http://www.use.com/1996_Volvo_850_Platinum_c5f7ed1467045f1b9b4a?p=10" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://media.use.com/images/s_2/c5f7ed1467045f1b9b4a_10.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><br><A HREF="http://www.use.com/1996_Volvo_850_Platinum_c5f7ed1467045f1b9b4a?p=11" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://media.use.com/images/s_2/c5f7ed1467045f1b9b4a_11.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><br><A HREF="http://www.use.com/1996_Volvo_850_Platinum_c5f7ed1467045f1b9b4a?p=12" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://media.use.com/images/s_2/c5f7ed1467045f1b9b4a_12.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><br><A HREF="http://www.use.com/1996_Volvo_850_Platinum_c5f7ed1467045f1b9b4a?p=13" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://media.use.com/images/s_2/c5f7ed1467045f1b9b4a_13.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><br>
 

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Re: "New" 850 Platinum...pics!! (flyawayak)

Not too shabby!<br>How many miles?
 

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Re: "New" 850 Platinum...pics!! (JRL)

around 163k...just edited the post...figured many would be curious. So far I've had the seats re-finished, replaced the hazy-looking 850 tail lamps with newer V70 lamps and painted the center of the grille matte black. As far as other cosmetic tweaks, I plan to add an updated grille emblem from a 99-00 V70 or S70. Let me know if anyone has any other suggestions!
 

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Re: "New" 850 Platinum...pics!! (flyawayak)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>flyawayak</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">around 163k...just edited the post...figured many would be curious. So far <b>I've had the seats re-finished</b>, replaced the hazy-looking 850 tail lamps with newer V70 lamps and painted the center of the grille matte black. As far as other cosmetic tweaks, I plan to add an updated grille emblem from a 99-00 V70 or S70. Let me know if anyone has any other suggestions! </TD></TR></TABLE><br>Was gonna say, that interior looks <i>real</i> nice! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"><p>You should've swapped out the center brake light for the V70 LED one while you were at it!
 

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Re: "New" 850 Platinum...pics!! (StarmanDXE)

Thanks. The seats weren't all that bad really, with minor wear on the side bolsters and driver's seat bottom. For anyone thinking of refinishing their seats though; I would highly recommend it as long as it is done by a reputable person or detail shop. I am very pleased with the results as most flaws have been eliminated. Yeah, the center LED is a good idea.<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by flyawayak at 8:21 PM 7-15-2009</i>
 

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Re: "New" 850 Platinum...pics!! (flyawayak)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>flyawayak</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Thanks. The seats weren't all that bad really, with minor wear on the side bolsters and driver's seat bottom. For anyone thinking of refinishing their seats though; I would highly recommend it as long as it is done by a reputable person or detail shop. I am very pleased with the results as most flaws have been eliminated.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>How does one actually "refinish" a seat?<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Yeah, the center LED is a good idea.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>From what I understand, the parts all snap right in place from the V70 into the 850. Then you just need the little burnt-out light relay thing from the V70 so your 850 doesn't constantly think the rear center light is dead. Just pull it out of the V70 and replace the one in your 850. (Pretty sure it's in the trunk area near the rear left wheel. There's a writeup on VS somewhere...)
 

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Re: "New" 850 Platinum...pics!! (StarmanDXE)

Thanks for the information on the center light! The seats are re-finished by actually sanding the surface, treating with a chemical, filling any cracks, then re-dying with a matching dye the way I understand it. The more minor the damage, the better the results. Obviously heavily cracked or torn seats will not turn out so well, but some of the more common wear areas can be repaired. So far they seem to be holding up well and I have been pleased with the job.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>StarmanDXE</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>How does one actually "refinish" a seat?<p><br></TD></TR></TABLE><br><A HREF="http://www.fabrion.net" TARGET="_blank">http://www.fabrion.net</A>
 

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Re: "New" 850 Platinum...pics!! (flyawayak)

Beautiful <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I would lose the apple sticker though.
 

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Re: "New" 850 Platinum...pics!! (850arrrsaylikepirate)

Maybe he just likes eating them...?
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>StarmanDXE</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Maybe he just likes eating them...?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Maybe he does, I am just not a fan of stickers on my cars, that's all.
 

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Re: "New" 850 Platinum...pics!! (850arrrsaylikepirate)

Nor am I, really. To each his own? (Actually, I hadn't even noticed it until you mentioned it!)<p>That said, I wouldn't mind some tasteful Swedespeed stickers I could put on the <i>inside</i> of the two little rear side windows.
 

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Re: "New" 850 Platinum...pics!! (850arrrsaylikepirate)

Yeah, doubt if I would have put it on myself, but being an Apple enthusiast I have a hard time ripping it off <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> ...it will probably have to go however, as I'm not a sticker guy either. Anyone had any luck with angel-eye headlamps? I've seen a few pics out there (mostly on darker colored 850's) and wonder how they would look on a plat'.
 
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