Re: Just got rid of my 1996 850 GLT.................here are the thing what were bad at 114K miles... FYI
bitstream <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>As a referance, I'd thought I'd list the longevity of some of the
>components of the 850 GLT from 1996:
>- Center console soda can holder broken, replaced twiced, got tired of
>replacing after 3rd time
- There are plastic super glues as well as plastic epoxy available at
the hardware store. Use plastic stock or even old 3.5" floppy disc
plastic to repair broken plastic. Repaint with "Fusion paint made for
plastic. I have saved $100's with these products.
>- Beginning to feel transmission problem.... could have been low
>fluids, never pursuid it.
-Personally, I avoid front wheel drive cars and always will. They add
complication and make little sense- why? They have the least amount of
drive traction when you need it most. EXAMPLE: Get a fully loaded
FrontWD car. Stop on an uphill, dirt or gravel road (or paved road
with sand on it). Accelerate and listen to the front wheels spin. All
the weight shifting to the rear wheels lessens the drive traction. Any
car can get going downhill, even on ice- uphill is a different story.
That's just my experience. All wheel drive makes more sense if you
>- Wagon/rear door panel loose... very common problem
>- At very cold temp, tire need air every two weeks
-You buy Volvo tires?
>- Evaporator failure at 80K miles, repair cost $1200
- You went to Volvo?
>- Head light fluid sprayer became water fountain. Would spray
>everywhere except head light.
-That happens to all of us as we age! ;-)
>I have a new XC70 but this really makes me think cause I also have a
>honda accord. I've always had an accord for the second car. The last
>one had 150K when I got rid of it a year ago....
-It was such a good car that you sold it? Why?
>Well, I guess I'll just have to keep my currant honda longer and use
>the Volvo less.
-It's a matter of buying better Volvos. I have seen some REALLY great
used Volvos with low miles for $2000-3000 (240's and 740's), and a few
up to about $5000 (a beautiful 960 Estate).
Surem there are sme cars with better reputations as far as build, but
none with the crash survivability that surpasses Volvo. I know- I was
a firefighter and saw what happens to a lot of cars in accidents. it
ain't pretty. I would rather pay the mechanic than the orthopedist.
Randy & \ \/ /alerie's
'93 960 Estate