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We came across this 1996 Volvo 850R Estate posted on Craigslist in October 2019 in Richmond, Virginia where the current caretaker wants $5,000 for his recent impulse purchase in which his wife is not happy about. Using the NADA Guides Online Tool reveals their “Low”, “Average”, and “High” value range for these station wagons to be $3,200, $4,175, and $6,025, respectively.
Volvo produced its premium compact 850 Sedan and Estate from 1991 through 1996. For the 1995 and 1996 model years, Volvo offered the special limited edition was offered 850 T-5R. Based on the 850 Turbo model, the higher performance T-5R turned things up a notch by having Porsche help tune Volvo’s B5234T4 engine with a special ECU to produce 243 horsepower and 250 foot-pounds of torque. Unfortunately, this engine was only mated to a four-speed automatic transmission in the United States.
Capable of 0-60mph times in under six seconds, the T-5R quickly earned a reputation as a “sleeper car.” 850T-5Rs came standard with Pirelli P-Zero tires, providing lateral grip of 0.88 g. These cars came as standard with nearly every feature available and in North America, only two options could be chosen: a trunk-mounted Alpine 6-CD changer and no-cost 16″ wheels for a smoother, more comfortable ride and easier driving in snow when using all-season tires.
The poster of the Craigslist ad, a Volvo Enthusiast, reports they are helping a friend sell their high mileage 220,387 850R as he bought it on impulse and now his wife is not happy. The seller reports that while this example features a new transmission this high mileage car has a few issues to sort such as an inoperative sunroof and the emergency brakes need new pads. Other than the driver’s seat bolster in need of leather restoration, the Alacantara interior appears to be in good condition. If you are a shade-tree mechanic who isn’t afraid to dive into the rare pool of high mileage Swedish engineering, this sleeper wagon could be the Estate for you. Good luck with the purchase!
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