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Old 02-07-2018, 08:51 PM   #1
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Default Did all 1993-on 940's have the G80 in the rear?

Looking at a 1993 945 NA out of state to use as a "winter car" so the '95 stops seeing road salt. For a winter car, I really want to have another G80.

Volvo's press release in '93 says 940 has locking diffs as standard. Has anyone seen/heard otherwise?

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Old 02-07-2018, 09:48 PM   #2
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I have yet to pop the differential cover on a 940 that didn't have a G80, irrespective of whether it was a turbo or n/a car.
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Old 02-07-2018, 11:15 PM   #3
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Short answer, no. Not all 93 and newer 940s have the G 80 locker, regardless of what Volvo says. In Europe, it was never standard equipment according to the members that live over there. I have only encountered one 1993 or newer 940 that didn't have the locker. It was a 1993 model year and an NA car. Chances are very good the car you are interested in will have the locker. Just jack up one side of the axle with a floor jack, put the car in gear and ease your foot off the brake. If the car starts to move forward, it has a G 80 in it.
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Old 02-08-2018, 02:02 PM   #4
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Yeah no locker was ever standard here. Some packages had them but the vast majority did not
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Not all had a locker... best way is to visually verify.

My 95 960 didn't come with a g80.
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Old 02-08-2018, 02:17 PM   #6
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Not all had a locker... best way is to visually verify.

My 95 960 didn't come with a g80.
Yet, according to Volvo literature, it did. Lying bastards. 1996 was supposedly the last year of it being standard on a US market 960. 97-98 is was optional and you had to pay extra for it.
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Old 02-08-2018, 03:12 PM   #7
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My 960 also doesn't have seat heaters... maybe its standard with the winter packages?
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Old 02-08-2018, 03:16 PM   #8
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My 960 also doesn't have seat heaters... maybe its standard with the winter packages?
That is yet another lie they told. It is "supposed" to be part of the winter package. That's what they have printed right in their literature. I sold a 1996 960 sedan to a friend of mine that has the heated seats and headlight wipers, thus, winter package. I told him how his car was equipped with the winter package, including the G-80. Guess what? No G-80. I check them all now before listing the car for sale.
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Old 02-09-2018, 01:20 PM   #9
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I thought all 940 turbos had G80s and all 95s in general had G80s, but with '91-94 NA's it was an option? I know my old '94 NA 944 didn't have a g80, but both of the '94 940t's I've owned had G80s. First 944t had the winter package, current 945t doesn't... but both have lockers.
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All North American market 940 turbos are supposed to have a G-80 in them as standard equipment. I have never come across one yet that didn't have the G-80 in it.
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Old 02-09-2018, 04:48 PM   #11
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Small sample size - but all 3 93+ 940's I looked at had G80's, and only one was a Turbo.
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That is yet another lie they told. It is "supposed" to be part of the winter package. That's what they have printed right in their literature. I sold a 1996 960 sedan to a friend of mine that has the heated seats and headlight wipers, thus, winter package. I told him how his car was equipped with the winter package, including the G-80. Guess what? No G-80. I check them all now before listing the car for sale.
My car has headlight wipers but no heated seats.
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Small sample size - but all 3 93+ 940's I looked at had G80's, and only one was a Turbo.

By 1993 the odds are high that an NA 940 will have the locker in it.
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Old 02-11-2018, 05:41 PM   #14
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By 1993 the odds are high that an NA 940 will have the locker in it.
The 94~95 NA 940 that donated my 4.10 rear end had the G80. Pullapart South in the ATL had it listed as a 99.
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Old 12-31-2018, 11:40 AM   #15
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Just adding to the list, it appears that my recently acquired '94 945T does not have a g80 rear. It is raining out and from a dead stop it was only spinning one tire. Wasn't able to try a brake stand for the fear of a ticket, but I will jack it up later when it's not raining in order to be sure. I know that stock g80s really suck and act like an open diff a lot, even at low speeds.

Also, this 945T is a weird creature to me. B230FT (obviously), but cloth non-heated, manual seats.

It has these wheels


But this front end


I thought all the later 940s, especially turbos, had the fog light headlights and the turbos had Hydra wheels. Admittedly this is only my 2nd 940.
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Old 12-31-2018, 12:37 PM   #16
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I’d pulled a g80 from a junkyard 93 940 NA
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Scrape the crud off the sticker on the axle tube and check for '1041' to indicate G80 inside.
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Old 12-31-2018, 01:01 PM   #18
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Yet, according to Volvo literature, it did. Lying bastards. 1996 was supposedly the last year of it being standard on a US market 960. 97-98 is was optional and you had to pay extra for it.
Maybe that was literature for the US market.
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Old 12-31-2018, 01:48 PM   #19
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If it has the thicker aluminum differential cover, its usually has a g80. The late model 94-95 models were available with cloth, no sun roof,etc.
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Old 12-31-2018, 03:45 PM   #20
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94-95 940 Turbos were a base model car. You got the turbo engine, that's it. Everything else was an option that you had to pay for, including alloy wheels.
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94-95 940 Turbos were a base model car. You got the turbo engine, that's it. Everything else was an option that you had to pay for, including alloy wheels.
Does this also include the g80? I’ve seen a lot of misinformation saying that all the 93+ were g80 cars, even the base models.
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The G80 was supposed to be standard equipment on all US model 93-95 940s. I have only encountered 1 1993 940 that did not have the G80.
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The G80 was supposed to be standard equipment on all US model 93-95 940s. I have only encountered 1 1993 940 that did not have the G80.
Okay I will check more thoroughly after the new year. Doesn’t effect me either way, just curious.
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Update: jacked up the right side of the car today and dropped it into gear, eased off the brake and it never locked up. Tried it in only first gear, slowly accelerating, then tried it in drive through 2nd gear. Driver side axle tube is stamped 1041 3.73. Weird stuff, it’s either an open diff or it’s broken.
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The part that I've seen broken is the little gear on the ramp up weight thing that you cut to make it lock up at any speed. The little gears strip on it then it doesn't turn and lock up the locker. Course you gotta take it all apart to fix it and find another good part.
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