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Old 09-13-2014, 03:12 PM   #21
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Usually Volvo parts are stocked only at the importer in Atlanta , so it becomes very expensive , to overnight almost any repair part.

Volvo is always LAST on my list tho they do have some reliable engines.

The longest lasting engines (any maker) are usually the least HP units with no turbo and mechanical injection .

AS they are less sophisticated these will not have the better fuel burn , but better an extra .50c an hour than thousands for repairs.
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Old 09-13-2014, 03:19 PM   #22
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I have owned two Volvo engined vessels over the years and to be honest, the support was never an issue. Primarily I suppose because nothing significant ever happened to them, and any problems were around the ancillary items such as hoses or alternators, which were not Volvo specific.
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Old 09-13-2014, 05:21 PM   #23
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You know ur in trouble when the Voivo parts guy arrives to the counter carrying a jewelry scale and has a jewelry loupe hanging from his neck. He ask, Troy ounces or carats.....sure sign. I saw a small solid state control module of some sort with less than $5 worth of components in it VOLVO list $750. They are extortionist.
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Old 09-14-2014, 05:51 AM   #24
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>They are extortionist.<

Actually they just took a page from the military supply folks.

Get the initial sale , even at a loss if need be , as repair parts are not bid for.
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Old 09-16-2014, 05:15 PM   #25
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We have the Cummins 6BT5.9M in our Nordic Tug. It is the 220 HP, non-aftercooled model. We LOVE it. Easy to work on, just seems to run and run, and as noted by many here parts are easy to find and relatively inexpensive. We actually order all our consumables from Ryder Fleet Products. And tons of info on the web about these motors (suggeest you pay to join boatdiesel.com if you wind up owning one). Also easy to find mechanics if you ever need one. Finally, it turns out that we have so many friends with these boats, that if anyone needs a part in a pinch (impeller for instance), one of us has a spare. Volvo makes a great engine, don't get me wrong, but dollar for dollar I really like and prefer the Cummins.
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Old 09-16-2014, 05:28 PM   #26
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My boat has a Volvo TAMD41P and it purrs like a kitten. Other than belts and impellers, I haven't needed parts but there is a Volvo parts and service place in my area.

There seems to be a lot of bias against Volvo engines on boat forums but they remain pretty popular in boats, trucks and heavy equipment.

I think it would be pretty foolish to walk away from a boat that you liked because it had a Volvo engine in it, assuming that the engine is in good condition.
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Old 09-16-2014, 05:45 PM   #27
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My boat has a Volvo TAMD41P and it purrs like a kitten. Other than belts and impellers, I haven't needed parts but there is a Volvo parts and service place in my area.

There seems to be a lot of bias against Volvo engines on boat forums but they remain pretty popular in boats, trucks and heavy equipment.

I think it would be pretty foolish to walk away from a boat that you liked because it had a Volvo engine in it, assuming that the engine is in good condition.
I love ur boat. I bought a Mainship 34, largely based on a Camino 28 after a bareboat charter. Great boat, great engine, Volvo 200hp. Volvo, in my view, over played their hand on extorting cash out of their committed customers, committed by the fact they own a Volvo. In their defense, I think the message is resonating at corporate level. I wish Volvo to have a Deer, Cummins reputation. Is not there now.
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Old 09-16-2014, 06:53 PM   #28
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"Camano".

The 28 and the 31 are the same boat, they just changed how they measure it. It's a 28 when paying for dockage and a 31 when bragging.
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Old 09-16-2014, 07:24 PM   #29
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Yeah, I know...still, great boat...
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Old 09-16-2014, 09:00 PM   #30
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Volvo makes the initial power package purchase very attractive for boat builders. Then tries to make up for it by over pricing parts and labor to the new owner when out of warranty. I have owned Volvo diesels and worked on some and they are not even near to being on my list of favorites. I do think the 40 series would be a great mid size pickup truck engine. Even better than the Cummins b series. It sucks as a boat engine.
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