Hi all, Very late on this post, as I've just found it.
My yacht has a Volvo Penta
2003T. I've had it now for two years. I know it's getting on, but I've decided, without the ability to compare any other engines, that there must be better engines out there. I've no plans to replace it at all, but, if I was I think I'd certainly research
I've found parts
are exceptionally expensive. And I've compared them to the cost of replacing the same part of other marine
engines and Volvo
always seem to come out on top. But there are also some quite appalling design features in my opinion. Such as,
No drain plug
, you can only drain it through the small dip stick. I've discovered it has a blank bung for a plug
to go but it was never fitted and neither were any.
pipes are fitted in place by a $10 rubber seal that is not held in place. With the engine
running these leak, even new ones, so I've had to use a sealant
around them when reinstalling.
Cooler has a reputation for disintegrating. $1800 to replace it so I've purchased an after market for $250 which looks to be a much better proposition.
Air cleaner cannot be cleaned, you are expected to replace it, but guess what, they don't make them any more so it's an after market product.
However, there are some positives,
It starts first time every time.
I live in Tasmania, so it's pretty cold down here in water
. There is a cold start procedure on the 2003T and that works well, first time every time. You simply pull out the 'stop' lever for a few seconds, close it, and then start. (reminds me of Windows, start to stop).
Oil is the same oil for the gear
box and filters and fuel
filters are easy to replace.
Bleeding system is easy and it all progresses well without any annoying little places the air gets trapped.
Well, that's my opinion.. And yesterday i've found I need a new rear 2000 series engine mount because they have separated.. boats!