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    1. Member MidnightSpecial's Avatar
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      09-27-2012 12:47 AM #26
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      09-27-2012 12:54 AM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by MidnightSpecial View Post
      Holy schmoly...I didn't realize they were that cheap already. Seems like a great bargain, and no less reliable than a FWD Volvo, is it?

    3. 09-27-2012 01:15 AM #28
      you'll be happy with an S70, just try to get one for around 3k and spend the other 500 on things like strut seats, tires and general overhaul.

      They are not that bad at all to work on and the build quality is pretty amazing. That 850 wagon looks like a keeper. I would jump on that before somebody else does. also the paint jobs on these cars are fairly solid. somebody painted the bumpers on mine and it doesn't quite match but it doesn't bother me all that much considering that the car is a daily. order some factory spray cans from paintscratch.com and have at it. the volvo support forums for diy jobs are pretty damn good too.

      the lpt in my car is impressive and it's just a much more refined car than my 9-5 Aero was, although the Aero was better looking, handled better and was faster, working on the Saab was a bitch. The Volvo is fairly straight forward.

      After owning one for four weeks I can really see why there is such a following for these cars. I really like the feel the steering, the seating postion, the comfort level and the power from the 2.3 lpt. Feels like a high output V6 but with much better mpg.

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      09-27-2012 01:46 AM #29
      An early Mazda6?
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      09-27-2012 04:59 PM #30
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      09-27-2012 05:25 PM #31
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      An early Mazda6?
      Out of his price range? There are some 5 speed wagons.

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      09-27-2012 05:34 PM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by VWVan View Post
      Out of his price range? There are some 5 speed wagons.
      Get an E39 touring

      http://cnj.craigslist.org/cto/3248277922.html

      http://newjersey.craigslist.org/cto/3224796978.html

      We can like match or something

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      09-27-2012 05:42 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by VWVan View Post
      Out of his price range? There are some 5 speed wagons.
      in the GTA there are many under $3500, not sure about the states however.
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      09-27-2012 06:36 PM #34
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      I intend to buy the 855R
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      09-27-2012 07:33 PM #35
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      09-27-2012 07:41 PM #36
      Yeah, seriously. I realize there's an opportunity cost to making just one choice, but that 855R seems like a no-brainer as long as the A/C works and he flushes the trans fluid before you pick it up.

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      09-27-2012 07:59 PM #37
      Quote Originally Posted by reticulan View Post
      you'll be happy with an S70, just try to get one for around 3k and spend the other 500 on things like strut seats, tires and general overhaul.

      They are not that bad at all to work on and the build quality is pretty amazing. That 850 wagon looks like a keeper. I would jump on that before somebody else does. also the paint jobs on these cars are fairly solid. somebody painted the bumpers on mine and it doesn't quite match but it doesn't bother me all that much considering that the car is a daily. order some factory spray cans from paintscratch.com and have at it. the volvo support forums for diy jobs are pretty damn good too.

      the lpt in my car is impressive and it's just a much more refined car than my 9-5 Aero was, although the Aero was better looking, handled better and was faster, working on the Saab was a bitch. The Volvo is fairly straight forward.

      After owning one for four weeks I can really see why there is such a following for these cars. I really like the feel the steering, the seating postion, the comfort level and the power from the 2.3 lpt. Feels like a high output V6 but with much better mpg.
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      09-30-2012 09:29 PM #38
      I may be going to look at this next weekend:


      1988 E28 528e. Everything I know about the M20s in a slightly larger package... 1988 so it's a SuperEta motor. Easier to bump up to 170-190bhp thanks to using nearly everything from the M20B25s 170hp but with softer cams and valvetrain. Upgrade the cams and valvetrain, change out the fuel injectors and get the right ECU and you can get a 2.7L with quite a bit of oomph.

      My wife even doesn't hate it.

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      09-30-2012 10:20 PM #39
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      10-01-2012 01:44 AM #40
      Quote Originally Posted by Chapel View Post
      I may be going to look at this next weekend:


      1988 E28 528e. Everything I know about the M20s in a slightly larger package... 1988 so it's a SuperEta motor. Easier to bump up to 170-190bhp thanks to using nearly everything from the M20B25s 170hp but with softer cams and valvetrain. Upgrade the cams and valvetrain, change out the fuel injectors and get the right ECU and you can get a 2.7L with quite a bit of oomph.

      My wife even doesn't hate it.
      serious question, because I'm kind of looking at E28/E34, why not 535i or 535is instead of messing with the 528e?

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      10-01-2012 07:47 AM #41
      Quote Originally Posted by Chapel View Post
      I may be going to look at this next weekend:


      1988 E28 528e. Everything I know about the M20s in a slightly larger package... 1988 so it's a SuperEta motor. Easier to bump up to 170-190bhp thanks to using nearly everything from the M20B25s 170hp but with softer cams and valvetrain. Upgrade the cams and valvetrain, change out the fuel injectors and get the right ECU and you can get a 2.7L with quite a bit of oomph.

      My wife even doesn't hate it.
      Euro bumpers = sex on wheels. Very nice.

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      10-01-2012 08:13 AM #42
      Great looking car. They also have a "buttoned-down" vintage driving feel them. Solid and planted, yet special enough to keep my interest.

      Let us know how this goes.

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      10-01-2012 08:14 AM #43
      Quote Originally Posted by VadGTI View Post
      All hail the bearded East Coast VadGTI!
      Does every time zone need a VadGTI?

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      10-01-2012 09:03 AM #44
      Quote Originally Posted by Chapel View Post
      and unlike Vad, I intend to buy something
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      10-01-2012 10:06 AM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by choochoo View Post
      serious question, because I'm kind of looking at E28/E34, why not 535i or 535is instead of messing with the 528e?
      because:

      Quote Originally Posted by FujiTekniques View Post
      Euro bumpers = sex on wheels. Very nice.
      that's why.

      I love the M30, but I'm ultimately familiar with the M20 and upgrading it to 190ish HP isn't that expensive. That said, if it falls through, I'll look at some M30 powered ones too. They're tanks

      That said, even the standard supereta motor goes reasonably well AND it gets ridiculous gas mileage. in the 30s on the highway.

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      10-01-2012 12:37 PM #46
      Quote Originally Posted by Chapel View Post
      I love the M30, but I'm ultimately familiar with the M20 and upgrading it to 190ish HP isn't that expensive. That said, if it falls through, I'll look at some M30 powered ones too. They're tanks

      That said, even the standard supereta motor goes reasonably well AND it gets ridiculous gas mileage. in the 30s on the highway.
      Even with the mods it'll get 30mpg?
      Also, how much can the redline be raised. 5300, with the conforti chip, right?

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      10-01-2012 12:44 PM #47
      Quote Originally Posted by Chapel View Post
      I may be going to look at this next weekend:


      1988 E28 528e. Everything I know about the M20s in a slightly larger package... 1988 so it's a SuperEta motor. Easier to bump up to 170-190bhp thanks to using nearly everything from the M20B25s 170hp but with softer cams and valvetrain. Upgrade the cams and valvetrain, change out the fuel injectors and get the right ECU and you can get a 2.7L with quite a bit of oomph.

      My wife even doesn't hate it.
      This is the only acceptable alternative to an 855R.
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      10-01-2012 03:29 PM #48
      Quote Originally Posted by choochoo View Post
      Even with the mods it'll get 30mpg?
      Also, how much can the redline be raised. 5300, with the conforti chip, right?
      probably high 20s with the mods
      with the supporting i mods I mentioned above, redline would increase to 6900rpms

      if you leave the eta alone and put JUST a chip in it, yes 5300rpms.

      Though this is a SuperEta, so the redline is already 5500rpms

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      10-01-2012 03:44 PM #49
      My lady's previous car was a 1987 528e. It had a Conforti chip and shorter diff gearing, so it had some get up and go. It would get OK mileage at highway speeds, but around town it sucked down gas like crazy.

      These cars also eat front suspensions for breakfast. Seriously. Check for front end wobble at highway speed during the test drive.

      I would also replace the steering wheel if it hasn't been already. The stock ones are HUGE.

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      10-01-2012 03:59 PM #50
      Quote Originally Posted by the flying grape! View Post
      My lady's previous car was a 1987 528e. It had a Conforti chip and shorter diff gearing, so it had some get up and go. It would get OK mileage at highway speeds, but around town it sucked down gas like crazy.

      These cars also eat front suspensions for breakfast. Seriously. Check for front end wobble at highway speed during the test drive.

      I would also replace the steering wheel if it hasn't been already. The stock ones are HUGE.
      I actually still have my E30 325iS M-tech 1 steering wheel... I also have a Personal Steering wheel sitting in a box.

      He says the suspension has been recently sorted

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