1997 Volvo

850R Wagon



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1997 Volvo

850R Wagon

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Fast wagons have always held a special place in enthusiasts' hearts, and when many think of the quintessential fast wagon, a boxy Volvo immediately comes to mind. This rare 850R wagon was sold new in California, remained there until the seller's acquisition in late 2020, and has been kept stock including its high-output turbocharged 2.3L inline-five. Additionally, service documentation reportedly goes back to new and covers $28,000+ in work, plus the factory window sticker also accompanies the sale. It is exceedingly difficult to find any 850R wagon in the US, let alone an all-stock and fully-documented example!

Vehicle Information

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LocationHouston, Texas 77005
VIN / ChassisYV1LW5825V2311556
Mileage137,250 Miles Shown - TMU
EngineTurbocharged 2.3L Inline-Five
Transmission5-Speed Automatic
Exterior ColorBright Red
Interior ColorCharcoal Leather / Alcantara
Title StatusClean (Texas)
Loan StatusNo loan

Seller Information

Vehicle History & Overview

According to the included factory window sticker, this 1997 Volvo 850R Wagon was delivered new to Pacific Coast Volkswagen in Santa Cruz, California. Per the included Carfax history report, the car remained in California with only two owners from new until the seller's acquisition in December 2020 and subsequent registration in Texas in early 2021. The seller has added approximately 4,000 miles since, and states that this 850R has been kept stock throughout.

Per the seller, an included binder of $28,000+ in service receipts date back to new, with recent work including a new timing belt and water pump, air conditioning system service, front suspension refresh with new struts, axles and control arms, new motor and transmission mounts, new tires, front brakes, a new interior headliner, and respraying the front bumper and roof to correct smaller cosmetic imperfections.

It is estimated that approximately 500 total Volvo 850R wagons were sold in the US between 1996-1997. This example is now offered with its factory window sticker, the aforementioned service records, owner's manuals, two keys, and a clean Texas title in the seller's name.


  • 850R-specific equipment:

    • Revised front and rear fascias

    • 850R badging

    • Grey-finished 17" alloy wheels

    • Sport-tuned suspension system

    • Charcoal leather and Alcantara seat upholstery

    • 8-way powered and heated front seats

    • B5234T5 high-output turbocharged 2.3L inline five-cylinder engine

      • 240 horspower @ 5,600 rpm

      • 221 lb-ft. of torque @ 2,100 rpm

Servicing & Documentation

  • Per the seller, service documentation totaling $28,000+ dates back to new, as shown below. Recent work includes:

    • Replaced timing belt and water pump

    • Air conditioning compressor and system service

    • Front suspension refresh with new struts, axles and control arms

    • Replaced motor and transmission mounts

    • Replaced four (4) tires

    • Replaced front brake discs and pads

    • Replaced interior headliner

    • Resprayed the front bumper and roof to correct cosmetic imperfections


  • The seller notes a few exterior door dings

  • Some curb rash on the wheels

  • The seller notes interior wear commensurate with age, some of which is shown below

  • Power mirrors up/down function inoperable (left/right is functional)

  • The tailgate squeaks on rougher roads (a common Volvo 850 issue)

  • Per the seller, the odometer gears were replaced by a previous owner in early 2012. Service documentation shows 128,933 miles in July 2010 and 129,115 in July 2012. It is believed the car was driven sparingly prior to the repair, however we've listed mileage as TMU as the exact figure is unknown.

  • In August 2007 the driver's door was repainted to correct damage. The damage report is noted on the included Carfax history report.

  • As with any pre-owned vehicle, additional imperfections may exist. It is the buyer's responsibility to review all information and perform due diligence prior to bidding.

Included Items

  • Factory window sticker

  • $28,000+ in service documentation from new

  • Owner's manuals

  • Two keys


Videos below show an exterior walk-around, engine cold-start, and driving at freeway speeds:

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