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Old 04-13-2005, 21:02   #1 (permalink)
zagat
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*** 960 - blown engine

Hi Folks,

Well to make a long story short, I've got a 1993 Volvo 960 sedan
w/approx 80K miles on it (yea I know I don't drive much) with a blown
engine. One of the cylinders is heavily gouged.

My shop is quoting around 3200 to replace the engine.

If you were in this situation, which option do you think is best:

1) Replace the engine. I'll get a one year warrantee but most
probably an engine with a lot of miles on it. Am I just looking for
more trouble in a year?

2) Sell the car as is. Certainly not goin' get much for it. Maybe
some shop will buy it for parts or to repair/resell.

3) Give it to charity and take the tax write-off

The car is in good shape, physically, and if it had a new(ish) engine
I would keep it as a second car or maybe give it to a friend who needs
some wheels. As is, it is unusable.

So, if you were in this situation would you replace the engine or just
get rid of the car? Or, do you have any other ideas?

Thanks,
Zag
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Old 04-13-2005, 21:02   #2 (permalink)
ac
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Re: *** 960 - blown engine

ya139999@yahoo.com (zagat) wrote in news:9425f27d.0504131935.4375405
@posting.google.com:

> Hi Folks,
>
> Well to make a long story short, I've got a 1993 Volvo 960 sedan
> w/approx 80K miles on it (yea I know I don't drive much) with a blown
> engine. One of the cylinders is heavily gouged.
>
> My shop is quoting around 3200 to replace the engine.
>

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I'd probably sell it for parts, unless I was sentimentally
attached. If you could get a used or rebuilt engine installed
cheaper, then I'd be more tempted to keep it as a second car etc.
In this part of the country, I suspect you could pick up a running
960 (but with way more miles) for around 3000.



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Old 04-13-2005, 23:02   #3 (permalink)
James Sweet
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Re: *** 960 - blown engine


"zagat" <ya139999@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:9425f27d.0504131935.4375405@posting.google.com...
> Hi Folks,
>
> Well to make a long story short, I've got a 1993 Volvo 960 sedan
> w/approx 80K miles on it (yea I know I don't drive much) with a blown
> engine. One of the cylinders is heavily gouged.
>
> My shop is quoting around 3200 to replace the engine.
>
> If you were in this situation, which option do you think is best:
>
> 1) Replace the engine. I'll get a one year warrantee but most
> probably an engine with a lot of miles on it. Am I just looking for
> more trouble in a year?
>
> 2) Sell the car as is. Certainly not goin' get much for it. Maybe
> some shop will buy it for parts or to repair/resell.
>
> 3) Give it to charity and take the tax write-off
>
> The car is in good shape, physically, and if it had a new(ish) engine
> I would keep it as a second car or maybe give it to a friend who needs
> some wheels. As is, it is unusable.
>
> So, if you were in this situation would you replace the engine or just
> get rid of the car? Or, do you have any other ideas?
>
> Thanks,
> Zag


Depends, do you intend to keep the car long enough to get $3200 worth of use
out of it? Can you find a good used motor?


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Old 04-14-2005, 04:01   #4 (permalink)
Darby O'Gill
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Re: *** 960 - blown engine

repair it.....3200 invested in another car only buys someone else's
problems. 3200 for a good Volvo is a winning proposition.
"zagat" <ya139999@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:9425f27d.0504131935.4375405@posting.google.com...
> Hi Folks,
>
> Well to make a long story short, I've got a 1993 Volvo 960 sedan
> w/approx 80K miles on it (yea I know I don't drive much) with a blown
> engine. One of the cylinders is heavily gouged.
>
> My shop is quoting around 3200 to replace the engine.
>
> If you were in this situation, which option do you think is best:
>
> 1) Replace the engine. I'll get a one year warrantee but most
> probably an engine with a lot of miles on it. Am I just looking for
> more trouble in a year?
>
> 2) Sell the car as is. Certainly not goin' get much for it. Maybe
> some shop will buy it for parts or to repair/resell.
>
> 3) Give it to charity and take the tax write-off
>
> The car is in good shape, physically, and if it had a new(ish) engine
> I would keep it as a second car or maybe give it to a friend who needs
> some wheels. As is, it is unusable.
>
> So, if you were in this situation would you replace the engine or just
> get rid of the car? Or, do you have any other ideas?
>
> Thanks,
> Zag



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Old 04-14-2005, 09:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: *** 960 - blown engine

just get the parts/engine on eBay...i'll bet if you
are patient and "smart about it" ... you can get
it back on the road for < $1,000...(do the labor yourself).....

the 960 series is worth the $ to keep running...

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Old 04-14-2005, 15:01   #6 (permalink)
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If you don't mind my asking, how did it blow up - we've got a 960 and I
don't want ours to suffer the same fate, if at all possible. (it's a 1993 as
well... sorry, not selling the engine, ours has only 160K Kms on it)

Can they not rebuild the motor for cheaper? Bore out the cylinders etc.
"zagat" <ya139999@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:9425f27d.0504131935.4375405@posting.google.com...
> Hi Folks,
>
> Well to make a long story short, I've got a 1993 Volvo 960 sedan
> w/approx 80K miles on it (yea I know I don't drive much) with a blown
> engine. One of the cylinders is heavily gouged.
>
> My shop is quoting around 3200 to replace the engine.
>
> If you were in this situation, which option do you think is best:
>
> 1) Replace the engine. I'll get a one year warrantee but most
> probably an engine with a lot of miles on it. Am I just looking for
> more trouble in a year?
>
> 2) Sell the car as is. Certainly not goin' get much for it. Maybe
> some shop will buy it for parts or to repair/resell.
>
> 3) Give it to charity and take the tax write-off
>
> The car is in good shape, physically, and if it had a new(ish) engine
> I would keep it as a second car or maybe give it to a friend who needs
> some wheels. As is, it is unusable.
>
> So, if you were in this situation would you replace the engine or just
> get rid of the car? Or, do you have any other ideas?
>
> Thanks,
> Zag



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Old 04-14-2005, 16:01   #7 (permalink)
zagat
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Re: *** 960 - blown engine

ac <hesnothere@example.net> wrote in message >
> I'd probably sell it for parts, unless I was sentimentally
> attached. If you could get a used or rebuilt engine installed
> cheaper, then I'd be more tempted to keep it as a second car etc.
> In this part of the country, I suspect you could pick up a running
> 960 (but with way more miles) for around 3000.


Thanks for the suggestion but I would be reluctant to buy another
person's used car, especially if it had "way more miles." If the car
could be put back into very good+ condition then I'd be tempted to
keep it. Otherwise I just might pop for a new car. My mechanic is
looking around for a good used engine and the cost might actually come
down a bit. Thanks again for your response.

Zag
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Old 04-14-2005, 16:01   #8 (permalink)
zagat
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"Darby O'Gill" <insuspense@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:<Cpr7e.13568$Xm3.10502@trndny01>...
> repair it.....3200 invested in another car only buys someone else's
> problems. 3200 for a good Volvo is a winning proposition.


Thanks for the response. I agree with you on buying someone else's problems.

Zag
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Old 04-14-2005, 16:01   #9 (permalink)
zagat
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James Sweet wrote:
>Depends, do you intend to keep the car long enough to get $3200 worth

of use
>out of it? Can you find a good used motor?


If the car can be brought up to very good or better condition by the
engine replacement (ie, if there are no other major problems that need
to be fixed), then I would probably keep it for maybe another 4-5
years. My main concern is all the other things that will start going
wrong now. By the time I include all the upcoming scheduled
maintenance (90K soon)and all the other things that go wrong on an
older car (engine mounts, joints, suspension, aircon, etc, etc, etc),
I'm thinking that I can lease a new car for more than a year for what
I am likely to spend this year on a 12 year old car. Also, in 3-4
years I'd probably consider a hybrid.

Anyway, thanks for your response. I guess it all depends on how much
the repairs will actually cost.

Zag
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Old 04-14-2005, 20:01   #10 (permalink)
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Re: *** 960 - blown engine


"Rob Guenther" <robertguenther@nospamsympatico.ca> wrote in message
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> If you don't mind my asking, how did it blow up - we've got a 960 and I
> don't want ours to suffer the same fate, if at all possible. (it's a 1993

as
> well... sorry, not selling the engine, ours has only 160K Kms on it)
>
> Can they not rebuild the motor for cheaper? Bore out the cylinders etc.



If I had to guess I'd say he didn't replace the timing belt on time, if that
happens there's usually not much hope of rebuilding.


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