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Old 10-08-2017, 08:49 PM   #1
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Question First Volvo 960 wagon

First let me say this I know Iím young but Iím buying a 97 Volvo 960 wagon later this week it has 180,xxx and Iím looking to to get better performance and a little more info on the car like power specs difference sources say different things help will be appreciated thanks
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Old 10-08-2017, 08:53 PM   #2
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wait so you don't even own the car yet but you already want to increase the power?
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Old 10-08-2017, 09:19 PM   #3
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Keyblade, are you looking at the one in West Ashley? If so, I thought about that one but there's some history on that car. PM if you want the details and I'd be happy to forward them to you.
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Old 10-08-2017, 09:21 PM   #4
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Not really power I just kinda wanna get a General idea of where to start forums are saying different things like exhaust first or suspension and braking
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Old 10-08-2017, 09:23 PM   #5
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900 no itís not that one I donít even know where West Ashley is
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Old 10-08-2017, 10:01 PM   #6
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Not really power I just kinda wanna get a General idea of where to start forums are saying different things like exhaust first or suspension and braking
Exhaust first? I think the first step would be to acquire the car, then register and insure it. Drive it, then figure out what you want to change.
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Old 10-08-2017, 10:07 PM   #7
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Exhaust first? I think the first step would be to acquire the car, then register and insure it. Drive it, then figure out what you want to change.
Figure out what's already wrong with it*
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Old 10-08-2017, 10:25 PM   #8
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Oh I see you're in Hickory. I also saw that one with the real estate plate on CL. I'm not sure about that one. The seller is full of it. I'd keep looking to be honest.
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Old 10-08-2017, 11:31 PM   #9
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Lmao is it this guy?
https://hickory.craigslist.org/cto/d...306479881.html
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Don't give me crap about anything to do with this car. I know Volvos probably better thamost Volvo owners. I have serviced and repaired my own vehicles for 25 years and this is a great car. If you want it fine if you're into games stick it where the sun don't shine loser.
I highly doubt he knows **** given his garbage description.
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Old 10-09-2017, 12:11 AM   #10
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BAHAHAHAHAHAHA what a ****ing twat. Talking to himself in his own car's ad.
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Old 10-09-2017, 06:22 AM   #11
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Yea sadly but for 700 itís better than nothing
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Old 10-09-2017, 06:27 AM   #12
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But in all seriousness here just exactly how restrictive is that exhaust some websites say very restrictive others say not so much
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Old 10-09-2017, 09:47 AM   #13
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The owner notwithstanding, the interior and exterior of that car actually look pretty good. That being said, I would still pass on a 960 as a first Volvo. Find a 240 / 740 / 940 and get something with a redblock 4 cyl. You're talking about 'performance' already completely overlooking that you will likely spend around the purchase price just bringing that car from fair to good and doing 20 years of deferred maintenance.
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Old 10-09-2017, 01:40 PM   #14
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Yea I was looking at some other Volvo but most of them have a blown head gasket or really high miles
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Old 10-09-2017, 01:51 PM   #15
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Yea I was looking at some other Volvo but most of them have a blown head gasket or really high miles
Still more reliable than a white block.

Jk kinda. Never owned a whiteblock.

If you can get a redblock car for dirt cheap with a blown HG, do it. Thatís the perfect opportunity to have a nice car for cheap. A HG on a 240 can be done in a few hours and for right around $100 or so.
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Old 10-09-2017, 01:54 PM   #16
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and high miles alone aren't really a thing to worry about with those cars. probably half the ones still being daily driven have over 200k.
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Old 10-09-2017, 05:15 PM   #17
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+1. High miles on a Volvo is actually a good thing. Proves the car is reliable!
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Old 10-09-2017, 07:03 PM   #18
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Hmm I see what Iíll find but if I donít find anything then I ll just stick with the wagon I really like wagons
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Old 10-09-2017, 07:22 PM   #19
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That car has a remarkably good condition interior being that its the tan leather. It must have been stored indoors for most of its life. The Tan leather didn't hold up very well in the sun.

Other than that, I know this guy doesn't know 8==D about Volvos. The stuck seat thing is common and pretty easy to fix.

I'd say you will probably want to do the timing belt/water pump service right away. That way you can be sure it was completely done and using quality parts.

Yeah the exhaust is restrictive. It's not as easy as cutting a muffler off either. The mid pipes are really small, and a catylitic converter with 180k miles on it is probably clogged up. If you can find a shop to make up some new pipes and put a high flow cat and single muffler in there it can wake it up some.

Also check the airbox and make sure the flapper is not stuck to the hot side. Most people fix it in place on the cold side to make sure. We don't live in the arctic so it's not really needed. A stuck flapper will cost you some HP.
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