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I am currently looking for my first Volvo and don't know anything about them, however, I am looking forward to learning. Currently I am looking at a '94 850T w/ 205K miles. The price is right and it appears the car was very well taken care of with all service records completed. Are there any specific issues I should be concerned about?<p>If given the choice would you:<p>a) spend $3000 on '94 850T w/ 205K or;<p>b) spend $5500 on '96 850T w/ 118k<p>I'm looking at both right now and mechanically/ visually they are comparable. any help would be appreciated<p>Thanks,<p>Newbie
 

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Re: New to Volvo (mschaef114)

Figure out when the timing belt has been on both of them... Just basic stuff like that.... A thorough inspection should be done of either car.... <p>I would suggest dropping the extra $$ on the newer, lower mileage car, if it's in good shape....<p>I'm sure some more people can chime in with more detail on what should be checked out! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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JRL always has nice cars for sale too.... He's in PA although I have no clue how close!!!<p><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=63373" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=63373</A>
 

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Definately check to see when the timing belt and water pump was last replaced. When we do a pre-buy inspection on our cars we look at everything, trans fluid to see if its dark and needs to be flush, check if torque mount is broken, ball joints and sway bar links for play, tie rod ends for play, brakes, control arm bushings and stuff like that. A lot is overlooked when you're looking at a car so definately take a close look. Make sure A/C works and the glovebox opens...ha
 

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Re: New to Volvo (mschaef114)

Don't even think about the 94 at that price
 

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Re: New to Volvo (JRL)

<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">Don't even think about the 94 at that price</TD></TR></TABLE><p>no question.<p>drop the extra $$ for the '96.
 

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And nice to see another local on SS. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>P.S. - Get the 96.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>dugums</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">JRL always has nice cars for sale too.... He's in PA although I have no clue <B>how close!!!</B><p></TD></TR></TABLE><br>One hour, 15 minutes <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> (and thanks for the plug)
 

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Re: New to Volvo (mschaef114)

You guys are great. Thanks for the info. I'm leaning towards the '96 as well but I figured I might bank the $2700 and store for repairs of the '94. The '96 is coming from a small local dealer that mainly sells/services Volvo so i'm hoping he would stand behind the vehicle. The '94 is a private sale and I'm not as comfortable with that.<p>Time to sell the gas guzzling '98 Ford Expedition. Thanks again.
 

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Re: New to Volvo (mschaef114)

Besides the source of the vehicle, It sounds like the 96 is overall a better deal... Good Luck!!!
 

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Re: New to Volvo (mschaef114)

Since it is a '96 should I ask the dealer to hook-up a ODB scanner with me present. If there are no issues the codes should be clear, correct?
 

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No, not really. If it had any serious codes the CK light would be on
 

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Definitely go for the 96 over the 94, assuming inspections on it come up clean, like everyone says. I had another thought too: ask the dealer if they've done the 120k service, and if not, if they'd be willing to give you a break on it. I managed to get that on my s70 when I bought it at 118k. It was a nice reassurance I wasn't going to have to take my new car into the shop a month after I bought it.
 
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