SOTW: Volvo 850 T5 estate


In that wholly remarkable book The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy there's a bit in Restaurant At The End Of The Universe where Zaphod Beeblebrox and pals steal a ship belonging to the rock band Disaster Area. "Man it's so black..." they coo, Beedlebrox admitting "the weird colour scheme freaks me. Every time I try to operate one of these weird black controls a small black light lights up in black to let you know you've done it. Is it some kind of Galactic hyper hearse?"

Stealthy, until the dump valve goes off
Stealthy, until the dump valve goes off
Words that might easily be used to describe this week's magnificently evil looking Shed, a Volvo 850 T5 that any self-respecting 'plutonium rock band' might fancy. OK, so in the book the ship is programmed to fly into the sun as part of Disaster Area's traditional concert finale. Hopefully the vendor of this car hasn't programmed this 850 to do the same, though it might be inclined to bonfire its front tyres and understeer into the nearest immovable object if you're not too careful.

The perennial traffic cops' car of choice, the T5 harks back to an earlier era of fast Volvos now looking to be revived by a new generation, souped up by Polestar. Indeed, we were out and about in the new S60 Polestar earlier in the week and very impressive it is too. OK, it's got 328hp rather than the 508hp of the $300K concept we drove a short while back but it does cost a rather more reasonable £38K or so and has a pleasingly old-school turbo feel with a huge rush of boost swelling the mid-range power delivery to most un-Volvo like levels.

New era of Polestar tuned Volvos is coming
New era of Polestar tuned Volvos is coming
At least the Polestar is four-wheel drive, which should tame the notorious front tyre shredding power delivery of the old T5s like this one. Still, for the money it makes an appealingly rapid and practical shed and ideal if you need something big and fast for hauling bikes or the like around. Going by the advert it's had a fair bit of work done on it lately too and it's got an MOT until the spring. And the price? Usually we'd encourage haggling. But there's something rather pleasing about the idea of spending £850 on a Volvo 850. And you'll be waiting a while before you can buy a Ferrari 599 for £599.

Advert is reproduced below.

VOLVO 850 T5 estate manual (£850)
Here for sale is my 850 T5 manual estate.I have owned it now over 3 years.I no longer really need an estate a want to get a XJR! It has MOT up to April and is currently Taxed up to the end of September,I will have to return tax if it does not sell by mid August because this is when my insurance is due for renewal.The interior is very good with no wear to the seat corners etc! It has a touch screen radio/cd/tv/ipod plugs etc, your mobile will also work through it! Body is generally good but does have a few dings and scratches,the worst can be seen in 2 of the photos.There is a lot of paperwork history with old mots,bills and invoices etc,mileage is 157 k.Parts been replaced in the last year have been the front lower suspension arms,link arms.Water pump was also done at the same time as having the cam belt and tensioner replaced.It has had a few mods,boost gauge mounted on the A pillar,bailey dump valve and strut brace.It will need 2 rear tyres soon.Also at times the abs tracs light comes on! A common fault I have read on the Volvo forum.The car has been a daily working car but I have always kept it tidy and looked after it.Any questions or more info needed then please ask.Thank you

 

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  • GregE102 21 Aug 2012

    Just catching up on a things been away for nearly a month, Saw this and thought you cheeky Gits! lol

    I love my Tuned 850 T5 R, and yes that advert was a bit sad! sorry to say!

    Steadman wil tell you my car is seriously quick its running 330 bph and that was with a blown to bits rotary and old leads and a hole in the diaphragm of the actuator as well, so it should be good for another 20? I have been going through and learning the right and wrong way to tune a Volvo for a lot of years now!

    Of the line its not so quick but once moving it holds its own against some large V8 cars such as M5's, ISF's and on twisty Broads due to the fact I have a Diff I see a high powered RWD cars back off in the twisty bits!

    I will just say that power figures are a load of pants and advertising for who ever to say I can do this, but at the end of the day its how it drives in the real world that counts!


    By the way you could buy that SOTW and stick and R bumper and spoiler on it change wheels and you could be well away and no one would know?
    Greg

  • GregE102 21 Aug 2012

    Just catching up on a things been away for nearly a month, Saw this and thought you cheeky Gits! lol

    I love my Tuned 850 T5 R, and yes that advert was a bit sad! sorry to say!

    Steadman wil tell you my car is seriously quick its running 330 bph and that was with a blown to bits rotary and old leads and a hole in the diaphragm of the actuator as well, so it should be good for another 20? I have been going through and learning the right and wrong way to tune a Volvo for a lot of years now!

    Of the line its not so quick but once moving it holds its own against some large V8 cars such as M5's, ISF's and on twisty Broads due to the fact I have a Diff I see a high powered RWD cars back off in the twisty bits!

    I will just say that power figures are a load of pants and advertising for who ever to say I can do this, but at the end of the day its how it drives in the real world that counts!


    By the way you could buy that SOTW and stick and R bumper and spoiler on it change wheels and you could be well away and no one would know?
    Greg

  • charltjr 20 Aug 2012

    rossmc88 said:
    I love my V40 T4, you can't beat a fast volvo. The V40 T4 is just as fast as a T5R and a lot nimbler on the bends, it unbelievably has the same chassis as an evo 7!
    Mitsubishi Carisma platform surely? I know some Evo 7 bits fit it, but I'm not sure that it has the same chassis. The Evo was sold as the Carisma Evo in some parts of Europe but its not the same as the Carisma we know and "love" wink Happy to be corrected if I'm wrong.

  • Dimsum 20 Aug 2012

    urquattro said:
    Dimsum said:
    Ive just bought a '95 850 t5 estate in green...

    Comfy electric leather, full service history and only 88k miles....

    How much?.... £450!!

    I bought it as a stop gap a week ago and im falling in love with it!.. Im considering spending a few hundred quid on refreshing a few bits and keeping it..

    I think im a volvo convert! smile
    A fugitive from BM land i hint !idea
    Well I did say stop gap didnt I?... It should last me long enough until you sell me the 540!! smile

  • urquattro 13 Aug 2012

    Dimsum said:
    Ive just bought a '95 850 t5 estate in green...

    Comfy electric leather, full service history and only 88k miles....

    How much?.... £450!!

    I bought it as a stop gap a week ago and im falling in love with it!.. Im considering spending a few hundred quid on refreshing a few bits and keeping it..

    I think im a volvo convert! smile
    A fugitive from BM land i hint !idea

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