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Lovely Car, Top Secret Repair Info
By janow on
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1996 Volvo 850 GLT 4dr Sedan
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I got this car for $6500 in January 2003 with 88K miles. Its lovely car and so far has needed only $500 for new brakes (local mechanic). But the seat belt needs to be replaced for about $185, and I worry about repair. I've always bought real shop manuals for cars I own to spot BS and help me fix simple things without going to dealers who make a big deal out of everything. Volvo does everything possible to frustrate this: the real shop manuals are a set costing about $1000 rather than the usual $50 - $100.
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A couple of independent service shops say this is a plot to corner the service market for it's dealers. So also are "booby traps": for example, trouble flags that won't clear until the guy factory-specific test gear hooks up.
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Volvo's are not worth much as used cars because of the high expected repair cost, even though they are very attractive. Volvo targets the car to risk-averse sheep who will do and spend what they are told to.
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