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Shocking... shocking!!!!.... spare parts prices, and as the engine gets older, they lay it on thicker.
In 1997, for a motor that was (then) 20 years old, the Volvo MD17C, they wanted £1300 for an exhaust manifold, £300 for a piston (and liner.... no choice, you have got to buy both, according to them), £50 for a final drive seal, £8 for an exhaust gasket (you need 3).
A similar-looking manifold from a Lister-Petter motor was £185.... 1/7 of the cost of the Volvo manifold.
Those are pounds, too. Back then it was about 1.7$ to the pound.
Check out some of the prices, before you think of buying it.
I would never buy another boat with a Volvo in it.
I remember the morning that I called up the importer and they confirmed that the exhaust manifold was £1300. They gave me the run-around when I complained, citing that it was an "old" engine (20 years old, is "old" apparently). Maybe they are not meant to last that long.
I will never forgive it, either, and if you buy a boat with a Volvo in it my friend, you go into that deal with your eyes wide open. It's best you don't learn it they way some have, and I did, because you will not be in forgiving mood either.
Next motor will be a Kubota, probably the Beta Marine version.
Last edited by Rockter; 12-31-2008 at 12:01 AM.