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Re: volvo engine vs yanmar engine
There are pros and cons, but in the US, you are going to find more mechanics familiar with the intricacies of the Yanmar line than Volvo. There are models of each line that are both easy and hard to find parts for. If you were buying new, parts are readily available in the US for both. I have a Volvo made in 2004 and buy all my parts online from Marine Parts Express, in Maine, I believe.
They say that Volvo parts are more expensive and they can be. I don't think they are all that much more than Yanmar, if you are comparing apples to apples, year/size, etc to each other. Show me an ancient Vovlo and it's parts prices, if available, are going to be higher than a brand new higher volume Yanmar.
In my boat, they installed either the 100HP Volvo or Yanmar. The prior owner of my boat chose the Volvo. It has some real advantages. First, the impeller is mounted in the front and easily accessible. On the Yanmar, it's on the side and very difficult to access. Filters are similar issues. The Volvo also runs much quieter than it's comparable Yanmar, likely due to it's lower RPM. We cruise at around 2000 rpm +/-.
On the other hand, it has given me some fits. It's always brought me home, but I've had to catch up on some maintenance that the prior owner probably never did, like clean the injectors (I just replaced them). My turbo is finicky too, but that's another story.
Bottom line, Yanmar more popular, but you really need to compare model to model, installation to installation.
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