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I need to replace my '89 DL, which has dissolved into junk. I was thinking of an 850 wagon since my Volvo serves pretty much as my farm truck and generally sees about 4-5k miles a year. (My daily driver is an '89 Jag XJ-6).<p>I've started doing a little research on the car. I'm aware of the fuel tank recall and, apparently, a weakness in the ABS unit. Would 850 owners either let me know of, or steer me to information about known weak points in this car. I have until the end of July to find a replacement. I'm happy to take suggestions directly to my email, [email protected])<p>Also, how is it as a highway cruiser? I have to make 3-4 long trips a year, 600 miles one way. The Jag is an absolute joy, barely breathing hard at 80-85, smooth and comfortable, and it even sees long runs at 90-95-100. Just curious if the 850 series is comfortable on long rides.<p>With thanks.<p>Eliot Brenner<br>Annandale, Va.<br>(saw an 850 wagon in our local paper Friday, red, 55k miles, 94, but couldn't get to it before it was sold, darn it.)
 

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Re: Thinking of buying an 855 (eliotb)

You can now have the ABS repaired for $150, much better than the alternative<br>Weak spot is the A/C evaporator.<br>They ALL go, so make sure that any car you're interested in buying has had it replaced, if not, it WILL fail and that's $1400 (dash comes apart) so take it into consideration.<br>Many other small items break from time to time but that's with most Volvos
 

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many thanks. i haven['t followed volvos for years. Is there another vovlo wagon model that is less problematic?<p>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>eliotb</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">many thanks. i haven['t followed volvos for years. Is there another vovlo wagon model that is less problematic?<p></TD></TR></TABLE><br>Not really although the later you go (ie: a V70) the less problems there are. Little by little, every year gets a bit better and a bit more reliable.<br>Many of the same problems are still there but many were "fixed" when the V70 (98) was introduced.<br>The deal with Volvos is that I would (and do) drive them with way over 100K miles with pleasure and don't worry about them.<br>I have this 98R (for sale BTW, see for sale section <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> ) that I would drive anywhere with no hesitation as it was/is a seriously well maintained vehicle.<br>To be fair, there also are some that I wouldn't drive around the block <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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