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I know of a person that is selling a black 1996 850R with approx. 88K miles on it and is asking $9500 for it, a local Volvo dealer has a red 1998 S70 T-5 with 82K miles on it and is asking $13 for it, I think I may be able to talk him down to $10K. Both are auto tranny and look great the usual wear and tear for their respective ages. Which one would you choose and why ?? Is one more superior to the other as in performance, reliability, etc. ?? Would one be better in resale value over the other one ?? I know that this is the S70 board but this question will also be posted on the 850 board too. Sorry for the NEWBIE question. Thanks for any info. God Bless. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif" BORDER="0"> <BR><BR>
[Modified by JDELUNA, 3:43 AM 12-28-2002]
 

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Re: S70 T-5 or 850 R ?

Hmmm, cross posting - I'll let this one slide <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>The 850R may have better performance. Does it have the 17" Titan rims? <p>I personally prefer the 98-00 interiors over the 850 generation cars. You might be able to get the 4.9% financing. Check on volvocars.com under their certified pre-owned page and see what the info is available.<p>I guess after driving both and seeing how the deals look. The T5 may have a better resale because it is newer but the 850R is a limited run car so it is hard to say. Good luck, both cars will be fun to drive.
 

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Re: S70 T-5 or 850 R ????>>>>> (JDELUNA)

Not too sure if that S70 is at the right price, though. The R seems to be a bit too good to be true, might want to go through everything on the car more carefully before you make your mind.<p>If you are not looking for manual tranny, the R could be a better choice. I think most of the members here can agree the 850s look more sporty than the S70. In terms of performance, you can always get both cars to perform the same...using 16T instead of 15G on the S70 might have slight better advantage, but that's just minor detail you can always take care of later. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> If you are looking for a more softer ride, the S70 would be the one you want to buy.<p>I always like the 850s more than the S70s...not that S70 is not good looking, but the 850s just look meaner. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: S70 T-5 or 850 R ????>>>>> (The_one_n_only)

i say the 850R.. as long as it comes with the 17 inch titans, i love the alantra* (sp) interior and the factory body kit on the 850R's just look mean. with a nice raked drop and a chip with exhaust and a K&N youd be stylen with a super fast car that is pretty much a clasic in the volvo world <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emcocktl.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: S70 T-5 or 850 R ????>>>>> (JDELUNA)

That is a question I asked myself recently. Luckily enough a local dealer has a 97 850 R and a 98 S70 T5. I ended up driving them back to back and here are my impressions.<p>I like the looks of the 850 R better than the S70 T5. It looks a lot tougher with the front and rear spoilers and 17" wheels. The S70 isn't that much different in appearance, but ground effects and big wheels deffinitely set the 850R apart from your standard Volvo. It does look the part of a special edition where the S70 T5 just looks a little sportier than your average Volvo with the rear spoiler and nice 16" swirl wheels.<p>I'm not sure if it was because the 850R had 100K on it or bad plugs or what, but the performance off the line was not as impressive as the S70. There was definitely more turbo lag. Once it got going though the 850 was impressive. Both cars had great highway kickdown, but the S70 definitely got started from a stop faster. Driving back to back I'd have to give the "seat of the pants" performance nod to the S70. It was just crisper feeling and more responsive. And yes I tried accelerating with traction control turned off and on for both cars. It took the 850R a lot longer to warm up than the S70 which could be because of the spark plugs used or many other reasons. Just something I noted. It did kind of feel like my car does when it needs new plugs. Turbo cars tend to eat plugs faster than regular ones and it definitely effects performance. Also i'm used to a laggy turbo (Mitsu 20G) so i'd expected the 850R to spool up much faster than it did and have better response considering it is a 15G with .3L more displacement than my car.<p>Interior wise the S70 wins hands down. It is just much nicer and has a much newer feeling to it. Interesting because it is very similar functionally, but the little changes they made to shifter feel and buttons make it a lot nicer. The only big change between the two interiors, besides the seats, is the S/E/W switches and the window controls moved to the door, but the 850 interior just seemed old. I wish they made the Alcantra inserts that the 850 has for the S70. Those are cool and the only place the 850s interior is better. Backseat wise my head hit the ceiling in the 850 and just barely didn't in the S70. I'm 6', 1" so that is pretty good clearance for a back seat.<p>I'm not sure if the 850R I drove represents all of them or not, but I wasn't as impressed with it as I thought. Especially after driving it back to back with the S70 T5. Looks wise its awesome, but in almost every other category I liked the S70 better. <p>Hope this answers some of your questions.<p><br>
 
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