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I am considering purchasing 1995 850 volvo, car is beautiful inside and out, bad news 210000 miles and check engine light is on and there is an antifreeze smell when i turn on the heat.....is this worth $1000.00???? It drove nice besides a rattle in front end, sounded like something plastic loose. I also looked at 94 940 about same miles, about same price but that year seemed more solid...does anyone know of volvo jump down in quality between those two years??? I prefer the strip down 2004, felt like nothing could kill it and drove smooth as pudding but the 95 was a beautifully clean car. thanks
 

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A mechanic told me that the 850 consumes oil!
The 940 engine is a probed engine.
It goes back to the 240 model.
Also the 940 is a rear wheel drive, with plenty of space to work on the engine.
The 850 is a 5 cylinder engine and it is front wheel drive. Very cramped to work on the engine.
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If you smell antifreeze when the heater is on, it's almost guaranteed that the heater core is bad....or at least a hose going to it is bad.

Personally, I'd go for the 940. Both cars have a good reputation for being bullet proof. But the 940 is more bullet proof than the 850. Those old red block 4 bangers are just awesome.
 

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I would go 850. Have 3 of them in the family, 1 turbo, 2 non. Also A V70 T5. Love them all. Just bought a '94 850 with 210k on the 2.4L. It runs awesome. No oil usage. Picked it up for $1300. All maintenance done. Think if you could get it for $750 or so, it would be a good deal.
 
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