Thanks for the link. I am not sure which tranny I have in my car, except that it is a manual five speed. The link showed most of the older rear drive models, but didn't mention the 850 cars. Do you know which tranny and what the transaxel ratio is in the 850/855 FWD manual cars?
I like the 850 (855); it drives smoothly and averages over twenty-five miles to the gallon. On the highway it can get about thirty mpg. It is a non-turbo, high compression, 4 valve, 2.4 liter 5. It runs and drives great with 120,000 miles on the clock. I want to do some suspension work and a couple of minor engine mods, but there is a limit to what is practical and available for the non-turbo cars. I am going to drive the wheels off of my 850 and get a V70 next time around.
The only thing I have done to the motor is AC work. It runs so good I have not had to do any motor work. The drive train on the car is good except for the right side CV joint which I will replace soon. I am not a big front drive non V8 guy, but the five cylinder Volvo motor is so smooth and quiet, there isn't much to complain about except the lack of low end torque.
Thanks - David.