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I'm curious as to how many miles everyone has on their 850s. Also if any of you have had anything break and at what mileage it broke. Also specify whether it's a Turbo or not. I just hit 67K on my 94, the original owner traded it I'm sure since the warranty recently expired. I'm wondering what I'm in for in the long road ahead. Thanks.<p>Also, what's the factory recommended timing belt interval? My car had the dealer's 60K service done at around 55,000 miles. The service light is on, but unless the timing belt is original I'm not worried about it. Any idea if a timing belt change is part of the 60K service? Thanks a lot.
 

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Re: Year, Mileage, Problems with your 850. (JZ)

Timing belt change is at 70,000 miles, the service light that is one is nothing to worry about it comes on every so often forget the mileage that it tiggers it. I rode around with mine on for 7 months. If the check engine light comes on then be worried. I would have the timing belt done at 70,000 miles if it had not been done before you got the car.
 

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Re: Year, Mileage, Problems with your 850. (doublej95)

Is the timing belt a DIY job, or not? If not how many hours can I expect to be billed for?<p>By DIY I mean is it on the outside of the engine with a cover on it, or am I going to have to remove the front engine cover/waterpump/pulleys/etc etc etc? Thanks.<p>I suppose I should order a Bentley.
 

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Re: Year, Mileage, Problems with your 850. (JZ)

Besides the timing belt, flush the transmission fluid! It is cheap insurance compared to the cost of a new transmission. I have this done at least once every 12K miles. <p>Over the years, I budget approximately 1K each year to keep my 94 850 running in good condition and that with me doing a majority of the work myself.<p>At 115K miles this is a list of repairs that have been done over the years: <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsad.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>Brakes (Three times)<br>Rotors (Once – currently need replacement again)<br>Shift micro switch <br>Dash lights (twice)<br>Center console lights <br>Camshaft position sensor <br>EGR valve<br>R-11 (3 cans) & Sealer (fix kept me cool all summer)<br>Radiator <br>Windshield washer check valve<br>Truck struts<br>Radio antenna<br>Multiple vacuum hoses<br>Heater hose<br>Seat back cable<br>Timing belt<br>Turbo oil return line gasket<br>Valve cover cap gasket<br>Trunk mount CD player<br>O2 sensors (1 front & 1 back)<br>Knock sensors (both - twice)<br>Wiper arm<br>Ball joint<br>Shocks (old were warn, not shot yet)<br>Struts (were shot)<br>Multiple headlights, taillights, batteries, tires & fuses.<br>One wheel (nasty pothole)<br>Tires (3 new sets)<br>Maintenance by the book except for oil which is done more frequently.<p>A majority of the repairs found above were done after 60K miles.<p>Optional upgrade that I have done:<br>IPD ECU <br>IPD sport springs <br>IPD sway bars (yet to be installed)<p>Good luck and enjoy. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>
 

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Re: Year, Mileage, Problems with your 850. (SCFrost)

The timing bent is the one with the cover over it. Probably not a repair item to do if your not much of a mechanic. I spent $260 on the timing belt and serpentine belt change.
 

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Re: Year, Mileage, Problems with your 850. (doublej95)

Lets see, I picked up my 854R Jan 2. Today I had to write a check to Rusnak Volvo for almost $1178 and some change. The rear main seal was leaking terribly and my thermostat was stuck which was causing some crazy high temperatured. I got the extended warranty when I bought the car from some private warranty place. They are covering the main seal replacement which is almost $700. They say that it doesn't cover the Thermostat as it is a normal wear item. That was almost $300 with coolant flushing. I just flipped 72k so I had them change the timing belt as well which was billed as a 3 hour job at $95 an hour plus the belt which was another $30 something. They did a few other knick-knacks also which I didn't bother reading as they had my car for 8 days. So other than that, I'm happy with no complaints. I don't regret my decision to step up to the Volvo.
 

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Re: Year, Mileage, Problems with your 850. (Oreganoflow)

$300 for a thermostat and coolant flush is a little high in my opinion. Thermostat is no more than $35 plus a little bit of labor. I would have them brake it down for me to tell me why it is so much.
 

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Re: Year, Mileage, Problems with your 850. (doublej95)

SCFrost, you list scares the crap out of me.<p>You all have talked me out of owning a FWD Turbo Volvo.<p>Anyone ever dealt with a snapped timing belt?
 

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Re: Year, Mileage, Problems with your 850. (JZ)

My is a MY96 with just over 105K. I bought it with 60K, the rest are mostly NYC miles and a few trips south to FL, SC, DC.<p>I have changed:<br>- time belt at 70K<br>- set rotors at 80K<br>- 2 sets brake pads 70K and 100K<br>- ATF flush every 30K<br>- O2 sensors<br>- MAF<br>- CEL due to car wash water<br>- several ligthbulbs<p>This is my 2nd 850. Gave the first one a MY93 to my brother in law with 227K miles and it is still running. The other one had<br>- AT replaced<br>- 2 sets of rotors<br>- pads every 30K<br>- 4 time belts by now<br>- ATF change regularly every 30K after the AT died at 100K<br>- front seat cable replaced<br>- 2 door locks<br>- tires..<br>- shocks twice, then Blisteins plus mounts etc<br>- ball joints,<br>- seals and more seals,<br>- lightbulbs<p>I know I'm forgetting some other stuff. I still love my Volvo, it looks good for a 96, still gets compliments, and above all I still look back at it every now and then after I park and smile.<p>
 

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Re: Year, Mileage, Problems with your 850. (doublej95)

Let me see, I’ve had my 850 for 9 years.<p>3 sets of tires at $500 = $1500 or $166 per year. (ZR rated 16 in, 35,000 miles each set)<br>23 oil changes at $16.50 = $379.50 or $42.60.<p>We are over $200 for just a minimal amount of normal maintenance.<p>And we add….<p>Engine stabilizer (forgot in the above list) $26<br>Turbo down pipe gasket $8.50<br>02 front $175<br>02 back $170<br>Struts 2 @ $168<br>Strut mount 2 @ $ 32 (should replace when doing struts)<br>Shocks 2 @ $98<br>Shock mount 2 @ $28 (should replace when doing shocks)<br>Camshaft position sensor $120<br>Front Pads 3 times @ $52<br>Rear Pads 3 times @ $20<br>Front rotors 2 @ $64<br>Rear rotors 2 @ $42<br>Ball joint $29<br>Radiator $290<br>Thermostat 2 Times @ $21 (another forgotten item)<br>Antenna $26.50<br>Air filter 3 times @ $16.50<br>Fuel Filter 2 times @ $24<br>Trunk supports 2 @ $38<p>Just getting going and we are over $450 per year and we are just talking the cost of parts, no labor.<p>Trans Flush $80 per year – (I take this to a shop to have it done)<p>That takes us up to $530 per year.<p>On top of that add the cost of flushing the brake fluid, R-11, a wheel alignment, plugs, rotors, heater hose, vacuum hose, distributor caps, lights, timing belt, brake shims, belts, shift micro switch, knock sensors, windshield washer valve, and a replacement CD changer and you are easily looking at $600 per year.<p>If an individual takes their vehicle into a shop to have all the work done, as I would speculate most Volvo drivers do, an individual could easily spend $1000 a year for repairs and maintenance. <p>I think anyone who has had to replace the AT trans and/or the AC Evap would agree with my $1000 value.
 

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Re: Year, Mileage, Problems with your 850. (Oreganoflow)

I apologize Oreganflow. There was another post yesterday from someone who stated my $1000 a year estimate was out of line. The individual stated they kept their 850 running for around $200 a year.<p>They have since deleted the post.<p>After all that I have said, I still like my Volvo. Would I buy another, not a FWD or 4WD model. Would I recommend one, only to certain individuals.<p>
 

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Re: Year, Mileage, Problems with your 850. (JZ)

I've got a '97 850 GLT, with 82K, that I've owned just under 3 years (purchased with 38K miles). Thankfully, it was under warranty for most of the first year I had it. At quick glance, it cost me around $1200 / year to maintain, even when a lot of the major 1st year stuff was under warranty.<p>Quick overview of repairs:<p>2 batteries (yesterday, traced to bad Pos. cable, also repaired)<br>Rear bulbs / interior bulbs<br>Rear brakes<br>Air pump (2x, both under warranty)<br>Headlight washer check valve<br>ABS control unit (under warr.)<br>Rear bulbs<br>Tires (195/60R 15 Nokian, $400, nearing 40K mi.)<br>Vacuum line and coupling<br>Front brakes (2x, 27K interval)<br>Instrument panel bulbs / more rear bulbs<br>Timing Belt (@ 52K)<br>Transmission Torque mount<br>Radiator cap<br>4-wheel alignment<br>Coolant temp sensor, thermostat, IAT sensor<br>Cabin air filter upgrade<br>Serpentine belt (62 K miles)<br>Dash light bulbs<br>Front air guide (plastic dam behind bumper)<br>Battery cable connection repair<br>Throttle housing cleaning<p>All told, these plus oil changes and other 5K-interval service, about $3,500 over 3 years. Now that the warranty's been up for awhile, I'm looking around for a cheaper, but experienced local Volvo shop. I know the dealer's finagled a few hundred $ out of me over the past 3 years, when I had more money than time. At the moment, the situation's reversed.<p>All in all, it's not much worse than my wife's Olds Aurora, in spite of what she claims. And my car's a hell of a lot more fun to drive. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Good luck with your decision.
 

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Re: Year, Mileage, Problems with your 850. (JZ)

hi there,<br>I yust bought a 850 glt with 299 k on it (in km),it runs on liquid petrol gas and on normal fuel (bifuel).first i did a timingbelt job on it 275 euro's<br>and replaced the multi belt.<br>then i replaced the thermostat at 8 euro's<br>it runs like a dream (a child's hand is easaly fild <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif" BORDER="0"> )<br>so the moral is......whel there is none i think <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> exept that the 850 is a sterdy and long living car!<br> <IMG SRC="http://www.brickboard.com/GALLERY/images/1831.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br>grtzz jhonn<p>ps sorry for the spelling <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emcrook.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><br>[Modified by jhonn feikens, 12:33 AM 2-8-2003]<BR><BR>
[Modified by jhonn feikens, 12:34 AM 2-8-2003]
 

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Re: Year, Mileage, Problems with your 850. (jhonn feikens)

Hi Jhonn, welcome!<p>Great looking GLT you have there! I really like the wheels you have on it. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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