• Jan 4, 2008


A guy in Washington had a 1996 Volvo 850R he wanted to sell on Craigslist. To make sure that he got noticed, he invoked the aid of Benjamin Franklin, a video game, a large Montana ranch and the Blue Angels -- just for starters -- to do it.

Anyone who's sold a high-mileage car that's been taken well care of and will run until the Apocalypse should appreciate the ad. You'll also appreciate his efforts to keep people from calling and saying, "Hmm. The miles seem high." Not only does he mention the fact that it has 218,000 miles nine times in the ad, but just to make sure, he writes, "If you don't know that Volvos go to like half a million miles without maintenance than your personal savior must be modern medicine and your ignorance would have been the death of you in the middle ages. DO not call if this is you."

But the car is still so fast it will "smoke the doors off of e30 m3's in econ mode." On top of all that, it's a bit of a chick magnet. This isn't cited as the reason for sale, but the seller got "sick and tired of getting hit on by milfs in their sexual prime because they think I'm some suave interwebs mogul as I am rearranging my golf clubs to fit more groceries in the massive trunk." Click the link to get the rest of the story on the Volvo born from space shuttles. Really.

Thanks for the tip, Mike!

[Source: Culture Garage]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      This ad, if I am not mistaken, sources from a SomethingAwful forum member, and was recently noticed by their Automotive Insanity community. The telling detail has to be the "WTFBBQ" in the description :/
      • 7 Years Ago
      "the work has been done by a DSM driver of who’s dsm still runs, which speaks volumes more than some silly ASE certification."

      There's some strange truth to this statement.

      "he turbo 5cyl (wtf sweedes!??)"

      This cracked me up!

      Best ad for a used car ever. This guy deserves a brand new Volvo with another turbo I5.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So did he sell the car?
      • 7 Years Ago
      "...that Volvos go to like half a million miles without maintenance..."


      The bulk (if not all) of those ballyhooed high-mileage Volvos are of the old under-stressed, normally-aspirated variety. Forced induction considerably alters the equation.


      I suspect this guy is selling because there are some very expensive repairs looming on the near horizon.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Very funny ad. Thanks for pointing it out. This guy deserves a buyer.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I owned a 1996 850 GLT turbo. Lemme tell you something for those who have never driven one, these cars are sych sleepers. The are quick to begin with, and after cranking the boost up with a silly home depot line and a boost guage, that volvo spun tires all 3 gears. It was sick! then I blew the turbo for abusing it(I was 19 ok !). Then that was the end of that.

      Case in point a great used car to buy for cheap fun.
        • 7 Years Ago
        No such thing as a "GLT Turbo".

        In '96, there was a base car, a GLT, a Turbo, an R and some kind of Limited Edition Turbo option. The GLT shared the same non-turbocharged 168hp 2.4 liter engine as the base car. In '97, they upgraded the GLT with an LPT (low pressure turbo) that boosted hp to 190hp (I remember because my parents had one - a '97 that is).
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am 20 years old and driving a 1999 Chrysler Cirrus with 220,000 Miles on that sh*t. It's quite depressing, and every week theres a problem. But the Fu*king insurance rates in NYC are ridiculous and I want a mid level luxury car. I got quoted 7000K a year for a G35X with full coverage. I wont settle for less, so Il drive this for another year. Unless someone has better ideas?
        • 7 Years Ago
        7 Million a year... what a rippoff
      • 7 Years Ago
      love the :rolleyes: haha
      • 7 Years Ago
      Anyone remember the original magazine add for that car?

      A 850tr catching air over a hill with the tag line.

      "Not your Uncle Olaf's Volvo"

      • 7 Years Ago
      "I would not recommend buying this vehicle for ghostriding purposes."

      HAAAhahahahahaha.

      He must have seen this...
      http://youtube.com/watch?v=SlTvSUCCqPo
        • 7 Years Ago
        Wow, that video has achieved intarwebs fame. And I know Nate.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Although the miles seem high there is very little wrong, the work has been done by a DSM driver of who’s dsm still runs, which speaks volumes more than some silly ASE certification."

      Brilliant!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      "The marvelous Swedes designed this car, supposedly Volvos are born from space shuttles, which make them a little bit better than their retarded cousin the Saab (which was only born from jets :rolleyes: )"

      hahahahaha that listing is pure genius!!!
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