Update on the transmission. It's in the shop now being replaced. The place that I get parts from (Volvo salvage yard with about 70 Volvo's decided to shut down.
Additional information I have picked up in the year or so since I wrote this: An outstanding new vendor for FWD Volvo performance is Volvo Motor Sports, VMS.
This is the latest rendition of my intro to tuning these cars that I first wrote some years ago on VS and cross-posted over here. Since then a few things have been taken out and added, and changed. Since it seems multiple times every day, we have people asking the same questions again and again ("What mod should I do first?" "Can my car be fast?" "What's the best bang for the buck?" "Why is the sky blue?"
Volvo 850 Turbo Manual Swap E30
So im looking to upgrade the turbo on a volvo 850 t5 wagon. Whats the best turbo to get for this?
The BIG list of repairs for every Volvo made in the last 30 years. Currently over 1400 fixes, remedies and repairs!
I used to own a 164e volvo. it was the worst car i have ever owned for driving feel, it felt like you were sitting in a bathtub and had the worst body roll ever. i.