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Decided to join the club! With the 850 on the verge of becoming a classic car, I really wanted to grab a nice one before they are all gone, or are in such bad shape that they need a full restoration. So I have been hunting for about 3 years to find a good candidate and in Mid-April I finally founds the one!

My needs were, T5 or R, and wagon, and preferably black interior. My intents are road trips, car camping and dogs, and the occasional home depot run. The 850 wagon is the perfect fit.

I have always enjoyed the 5-cylinder whiteblock motor and have owned and worked extensively on several cars with whiteblocks, I fully expect this car to run until a minimum of 300k miles.

Anyway, the car I found is a 1997 850 T-5 Wagon, mystic silver, black leather interior. 109k miles, second owner. The first owner was the grandfather of the second owner! The only problem: it was in Portland. Now, this is not really a problem because I love portland, and jump at the chance to visit, however I live in phoenix, so a 26 hour drive is no joke! So I got a Southwest airlines flight and filled two suitcases with camping gear and tools and brushed up on RobertDIYs videos in case anything went wrong on the car. I flew to Portland on May 6th, completed the sale, had lunch at Deschutes brewery(my favorite!) and hit the road.

Some pictures from the drive:


Just after purchasing! The owner picked me up from PDX and we made the sale right there in the cell phone lot!


Downtown Portland after picking up the car


Of course I had to Swedify the car right away! I happened to have a Dave Barton Swedish Flag decal on me so I put it on the back of the car.


On the way from Portland to the coast, I found the Evergreen Air and Space Museum, naturally I had to stop!


Spruce Goose



I camped all the way down the Oregon coast


Early morning shot




Cape Perpetua, great place!


Klamath River RV Park, another one of my favorites!




Cruising through Redwoods Natl' Park.



Anyway, It was a great trip, and I am looking forward to being a long time wagon owner.

At the moment, the car is in my garage getting a full Stage 0 overhaul, PCV, Plugs, Wires, Distributor, Cam Seals, Filters, Oil, etc etc as well as a good deep cleaning of the engine bay. The PCV had been leaking for a long time, but luckily the cam seals were the only thing pushed out, no leaks at the rear main seal observed, hopefully I caught it in time.
 

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Got the wagon back on the road this morning. Wow what a huge difference all those service items made. I don't know how the car was even running as well as it was after seeing the distributor! Boost seems to build a bit slow but then really rips! Anyone know what that's about? The 15G is a pretty tiny turbo so I would think it would spool quicker, but the boost gauge doesn't show boost until 3500 RPM or so. I don't have an external one yet, just the OEM one in the gauge cluster.
 

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So awesome! I wish I had more time to enjoy my road trip back from picking up the C30. Instead I hauled butt from Atlanta to Oswego back to Atlanta in less than 2 days...

Makes me want to visit out west again! Maybe next year a cross country road trip will be in order.
 

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If you come through AZ call me up! Yeah I took 5 days to go from Portland to Phoenix but it was still a rush and I felt like I needed more time!!
 

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Did some minor work on the 850. Been driving it every day while the C30 gets pampered in the garage. I had some time though finally to detail the 850, cleaned the interior, clay bar + wax on the exterior, aerospace 303 for all the rubber trim, and meguiars 'ultimate black' I think is what I used on the bumper trim





Also, I had time to install the IPD poly firewall bushing kit and my one-off aerospace grade upper torque link.



 

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I got around to adding an Aux-In to the 850, SC-815 headunit. It was super easy compared to the 04.5-07 S40 HU which took weeks of research and dozens of members help! Used RSpi's guide. I also ended up just buying a cheap MP3 Tape adapter, because it was the only thing that would stay in the tape player. Tried gutting an old cassette but it just kept spitting that out.









I also added a '12 Volt' plug to replace the old cig-lighter thingy.
 

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Over the weekend it was out with the old and in with the new, the new TME exhaust! New to me at least....



Stocker


Rusty old rectangle pipe




Havent gotten any more pics yet, still working on adjusting the tailpipe, not quite centered in the cutout, and seems to be rubbing on the rear spring ever so slightly once its warmed up....
 

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Awesome T-5!

I would love to find a low mileage, low owner 850 T-5 like this. From my memory of driving many different 850 TURBOS and T-5s in the 90's, the slow-ish spool is normal. They had a decent amount of lag up until about 2200 RPM and then they put you in the seat.
 

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Yeah honesty I love the way boost build with the ME4.3 boost control versus the ME9.0 on the C30. Love the way it really cranks up after 2200. The C30 is just a linear build, lots of power but not as much fun to be perfectly honest.

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I agree, the C30 T5 and 850 T-5 are apples and oranges as far as the way the power comes on. Tightening up the suspension and chassis will get your 850 closer to the responsiveness of the C30 but it may not be practical.
 

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Well, over the last couple days I overhauled the cooling system on the 850. Replaced all hoses and the heater core, and did the firewall coupler delete. I used the 5/8" gates heater hose that has been suggested in other threads and cut the aluminum heater core hard lines in half. I didn't feel comfortable connecting the heater hose to smooth tubing though so I turned some little beaded tube ends and TIG welded them in place.




These were the original hoses stamped 10/96 or so. Wow! Those never would have lasted in AZ. This car lived its life in Portland until recently so that is the only thing that saved it.



New coolant tank and fresh coolant too


All buttoned up


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A couple from a few months ago when I rebuilt the front suspension, XC90 spring seats, Koni STR.T shocks, ipd springs.


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With ipd springs, 17x8 Pegs, Hankook Ventus V12 tires. It's awfully tight up there. Not sure it's going to work out. 225/45/17 tire size is pretty fat for the 850 fender liners. Does anyone have any experience or input on tire sizes and lowering?


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