Re: 850 Turbo vs. S70 T-5?
Alison L Miles wrote:
> Mike F <"mikef2316()"@allsttream.nett> wrote:
> > Other than appearance, there isn't a lot of difference - in fact the
> > biggest difference is the positioning of the power window switches. If
> > you're like me, then you think having the switches on the door is where
> > they should be. Maybe you're used to having them where they are on the
> > 850, and you'll have a hard time getting used to them on the door.
> Thanks, all good to know. And yes, after driving my '94 for 6+ years, I'm
> quite used to the odd power door switch placement. I still can't figure
> out why they, or the mirror adjustments, wound up where they are.
> I drove the '96 850 yesterday. Steering was much tighter and suspension
> better than on my '94. The premium sound system is very nice. The roof
> trim looked a lot like the hideous stuff on the '94 that cracks and peels
> off (I wonder if it will?) but as of now, it's in perfect shape.
> I'm due to drive the S70 today. There has been a delay because the dealer
> listed the car and THEN sent it off to the body shop for a hood repaint,
> the detailer, and then the (non-Volvo) shop. I got a call last night that
> the car was "just fine" but needed a new ABS sensor, and in order to do
> some of the work the speedometer was disconnected, but that the part
> wouldn't be in until the beginning of next week and the car was being
> taken from the shop until then so interested parties could test drive it.
> I know there are electrical/ABS issues with these cars, but do you really
> need to disconnect the speedometer for a sensor replacement? ECU, maybe?
> If that's the case, I guess it's better to deal with before purchase than
> after. I just hope I'm getting the straight story from the dealer.
> Wonder if this'll fail on the 850 as well, eventually...
> Thanks for all of the info!
> -A (trying hard to make a good decision)
There is no disconnect needed for sensor replacement. However, the ABS
control unit is a common failure, (codes indicate a sensor failure, but
it's the control unit), and if it's removed for repair, then the speedo
won't work, as the speed signal is sent from the front wheel ABS sensors
through the ABS control unit to the speedo. And both the 96 850 and the
98 S70 use exactly the same control unit and suffer from the same
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