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How much more expensive are Volvo parts vs. comparable Yanmar? I hear plenty of complaints, but get mixed reports on the severity.

Assuming you sail almost exclusively in the US, does it really matter all that much whether you have a Volvo or Yanmar?
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On newer engines (10-15 years?) parts prices are comparable, with Volvo maybe being a bit higher. There always seem to be some parts on some Volvo engines that are ridiculously priced (I just had to pay $250 for a unique hose) but from my experience that is true for all makes of engines. I've had Yanmar and I have two Volvos and haven't noticed a large difference in prices on similar parts. The screaming you hear about Volvo parts is for the older models and Volvo truly does believe some of them are made of gold, but on the other hand, at least you can get them, not so sure that is the case with other older engines.

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On newer engines (10-15 years?) parts prices are comparable, with Volvo maybe being a bit higher. There always seem to be some parts on some Volvo engines that are ridiculously priced (I just had to pay $250 for a unique hose) but from my experience that is true for all makes of engines. I've had Yanmar and I have two Volvos and haven't noticed a large difference in prices on similar parts. The screaming you hear about Volvo parts is for the older models and Volvo truly does believe some of them are made of gold, but on the other hand, at least you can get them, not so sure that is the case with other older engines.
Thanks JRD, that clears up the different answers. How about reliability, performance, etc. I've searched the forum and found some that claim this has been discussed, but couldn't find the thread.

Yanmar seems favored, however, I've spoken to a few that intentionally chose Volvos (within the past 10 years) when building new. Some say the Volvos are quieter, run at lower RPMs for sim HP, etc.
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Volvo makes a high quality innovative product line for sail and some really amazing powerboat porducts

BUT the powerboat people will tell you the same thing they fall down on spare parts availability far to offen

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