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Old 04-05-2005, 19:01   #1 (permalink)
Doug Warner
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Do Volvo dealers rebuild, or replace worn engines?

My 94 850 turbo, at 220.000 miles, consumes about a quart of oil
between changes. If I decide to go for a full engine rebuild, will
they just throw in a factory-rebuilt engine?
or will someone in the dealership do it (has anyone with the skills
and time to do a rebuild these days..)

I wonder if I can insure the increased value if I go for a total
restoration to like-new condition instead of buying a new car?

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Old 04-05-2005, 20:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Do Volvo dealers rebuild, or replace worn engines?


"Doug Warner" <dwarner22@ccharter.net> wrote in message
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My 94 850 turbo, at 220.000 miles, consumes about a quart of oil
between changes. If I decide to go for a full engine rebuild, will
they just throw in a factory-rebuilt engine?
or will someone in the dealership do it (has anyone with the skills
and time to do a rebuild these days..)

Doesn't have to be "factory" rebuild but you will get a "crate" engine from
somewhere. Believe me that is what you want.

I wonder if I can insure the increased value if I go for a total
restoration to like-new condition instead of buying a new car?

You might be able to get "agreed value" but for that car the cost of
restoration will be considerably more than buying 1 new or couple of 3-5
year old comparable Volvos. I have several cars (50 years, 33 years and 16
years old) that I have tried to keep "OEM new". It is an expensive
proposition and I have come to realize that due to deterioration and
unavailability of plastic parts and OEM cloth I find it impossible to
maintain OEM appearance of a car built since about 1980.

Howard

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Old 04-05-2005, 21:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Do Volvo dealers rebuild, or replace worn engines?


>"Doug Warner" <dwarner22@ccharter.net> wrote in message

news:53f6511erp43cmbfpkt4hmq28updv9r98t@4ax.com...
My 94 850 turbo, at 220.000 miles, consumes about a quart of oil
between changes. If I decide to go for a full engine rebuild, will
they just throw in a factory-rebuilt engine?
or will someone in the dealership do it (has anyone with the skills
>and time to do a rebuild these days..)


>I wonder if I can insure the increased value if I go for a total
>restoration to like-new condition instead of buying a new car?



Dealer? That would be absurd. Find a local automotive machine shop, someone
who does European cars and have them rebuild the motor for you. A good shop
can make the engine better than new for about half the cost of getting one
from the dealer and the installation labor will be much less too.


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Old 04-06-2005, 09:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Do Volvo dealers rebuild, or replace worn engines?

"consumes about a quart of oil
between changes"

how many miles btwn oil changes?

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Old 04-06-2005, 18:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Do Volvo dealers rebuild, or replace worn engines?

"~^ beancounter ~^" <richbonilla@yahoo.com> wrote:

>"consumes about a quart of oil
>between changes"
>
>how many miles btwn oil changes?


When the service light comes on, about 5000 miles.
I suppose one benefit is that if I hold off adding oil, I have to
drain one less quart, and then don't have to empty my wast oil cans as
often :-)

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Old 04-08-2005, 12:02   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Do Volvo dealers rebuild, or replace worn engines?

Doug Warner <dwarner22@ccharter.net> wrote:
>> how many miles btwn oil changes?


> When the service light comes on, about 5000 miles.


A quart every 4-5000 miles is nothing. Sure, it's more than a newer,
tighter engine, and it does indicate some wear, but frankly, I'd live with
this rather than use it as a reason to invest in a costly engine rebuild.

If consumption increases to a quart every 1500-2000 miles or there are
other problems, think about a rebuild.

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Old 04-08-2005, 20:01   #7 (permalink)
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"Doug Warner" <dwarner22@ccharter.net> wrote in message
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"~^ beancounter ~^" <richbonilla@yahoo.com> wrote:

>"consumes about a quart of oil
>between changes"
>
>how many miles btwn oil changes?


When the service light comes on, about 5000 miles.
I suppose one benefit is that if I hold off adding oil, I have to
drain one less quart, and then don't have to empty my wast oil cans as
often :-)
>



Only a quart every 5K? Scratch my last post, any decent mechanic/machinist
would tell you to leave it alone, either change the oil at 5K (if that was
done from the start it may well not be burning that quart) or just add a
quart. If it's leaking then have the leak fixed but if it's truly just
burning a quart I would suggest you live with it.


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Old 04-26-2005, 00:01   #8 (permalink)
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Re: Do Volvo dealers rebuild, or replace worn engines?

I doubt that any dealers would rebuild your existing engine. The standard
these days at a dealership is to replace it with a factory rebuilt engine
from Volvo.

Whether or not that is worth it is an open question.

If the only problem is the use of 1 quart of oil between oil changes I
certainly would not be replacing the engine.

John


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