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Old 19-01-2015, 11:05   #76
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Re: Predatory Volvo Parts Pricing

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Posting part number crossmatches for all engines is an excellent idea.
I believe all manufacturers do this, maybe not mark it up so bad, but it's done by all.
Usually they are smart enough to put their own part number on it though, making you find the same part from another source difficult. By not changing the part number, Volvo is either pretty brazen, or not very smart.


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The readers of this forum are not cross representative of all boat owerns.

volvo does it because they probably outsell the Mitsu 10 to 1.

most people, boat owners, don't even think about it. Thier mechanic is doing the thinking for them, so all they do is write out the check. It's a system that works for everyone involved; just not us, that's why we spend hours on this forum.
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Old 19-01-2015, 11:16   #77
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It would be a great idea to offer centralized "compare and match" web site of all the various marine engine parts and doodahs and their exact non-marine equivalents. I would contribute with my Fram oil filter for my Universal 5432 which I got at Walmart for $3.49. Our local Universal dealer sells same OEM filter for $20+ just because the outside is painted with Universal logo. I'll bet you Kubota prices it somewhere in between.
I'm not familiar with your engine, but are you really certain that the OEM filter is actually a Fram? Have you scratched off the paint, and found it to be painted orange underneath? :-)

Many assume that if a cross reference can be found, the filters are "identical". Not necessarily the case, the media can be quite different, one brand might lack an anti-drainback valve, for instance...

But I think the point some others are making, it's not hard to poke around a bit and find better deals that might make buying a Fram from Walmart to be false economy... For example, I've been using Fleetguard full-flow filters (OEM for Cummins), in concert with an Amsoil Bypass filter. Rare to see my filter priced below $10-12, but the last batch I ordered was from a vendor on eBay who sells them for $1.50 each. The hitch, of course, is the $10 markup for shipping... But their shipping cost for 'Each additional item' is only $0.50, so when purchasing half a dozen or so at a time, I'm getting a filter of much better quality than your Fram from Walmart, for a rough equivalent in total cost...
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The readers of this forum are not cross representative of all boat owerns.

volvo does it because they probably outsell the Mitsu 10 to 1.

most people, boat owners, don't even think about it. Thier mechanic is doing the thinking for them, so all they do is write out the check. It's a system that works for everyone involved; just not us, that's why we spend hours on this forum.
I really don't know what tack your on. I would think most boat owners do their own maintainance whenever possible.


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Old 19-01-2015, 11:35   #79
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Re: Predatory Volvo Parts Pricing

Not to try to brand trash but I wouldn't put a Fram on my lawnmower.
Years ago Consumer Reports did a test on oil filters and the Fram did very poorly, there are several tests, and at least on the Duramax Diesel, there have been burst cans with Fram, but the Dmax engine is known for extremely high cold oil pressures too.

I stick with Mobil 1 or K&N oil filters (I believe they are the same actually except for the nut on the bottom of one)

But, the most important thing you can do for your engine is change the oil and filter, pretty much regardless of the brand, our engines just don't stress the oil, or operate in environments where the best filter is required, but they do soot up the oil as all Diesels do.

I would really like a parts cross match for things like starters, injectors, water pumps etc. for my Yanmar 4-JHBE, as Mark said, there are markups on all Marine Diesels, not just Volvo, plus maybe where I need a starter, marine parts may not be available, but a local John Deere dealer may well have the starter or injectors etc. so it's not just the money, it's availability too.
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I really don't know what tack your on. I would think most boat owners do their own maintainance whenever possible.


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From the majority I've seen, maybe not. From what I've seen many don't even know their engine is fresh water cooled, nor do they have any idea at all what a dryer is on there refrigeration system, what a sight glass is or what it should look like, for example.
I'd bet most don't even know where their compressor is unless it's in the way.
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I really don't know what tack your on. I would think most boat owners do their own maintainance whenever possible.


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Most boat owners do not do their own maintenance. That's why there are boat yards and boat mechanics. Of course there's maintenance and there's maintenance. Some folks would change the oil or coolant but not a water pump. We all have our limits. Some of us don't know our limits.
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Re: Predatory Volvo Parts Pricing

Someone could make a ton of money (in advertising revenues) starting a website that cross references less expensive parts.
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Re: Predatory Volvo Parts Pricing

Do most boat owners do their own maintenance? Probably not. Do most cruising sailors (the main demographic for this forum) do their own maintenance? Much more likely. Do most live-aboard long term cruisers do their own maintenance? A large proportion do.

And for the latter group, especially those cruising in more remote areas, the ability to cross reference consumables for their engines is a good feature. For those that seem to believe that the more popular engines ( Yanmar and Volvo for instance) have good parts availability in remote areas, just because there is an agent listed in the manual... well, they just haven't traveled to such places very much, for it isn't always true.

So, leaving off this quality vs price squabble, lets try to set up some sort of info exchange like many seem to want. I think it would benefit the group at large.

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Rognvald (troll): I'm not sure why you are attacking me personally & I certainly am not looking for sympathy. Pretty big leap there. Warning people about problems with a particular brand of marine diesel is a designed function of a boating forum & is helpful not only to owners of that brand but anyone considering buying a boat with that brand of motor. Berating people sharing information is not just mean spirited, it's counterproductive.

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Excellent post Jim! For the 2003t the Napa Gold filter 1348 replaces the oil filter & the Gold filter 3358 replaces the fuel filter.
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Here is a link to an Ebay seller who is selling various stainless steel mixing elbows for Yanmars & Volvos. haileyseye on eBay
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Re: Predatory Volvo Parts Pricing

Creating and maintaining a cross reference guide for boat parts would be a very big and time consuming undertaking and it would never end. There could also be some liability if someone used it to select a part and it caused damage or led to personal injury or death.

It's not something I would be willing to do for free or even for pay.

Personally, I have found the Internet provides much of this cross referencing already. It just takes a bit of effort.
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Hi, so, what really is the Volvo Penta 2001 (single cyl 10hp)?
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Hi Gil
The VP 2001 is a Volvo Penta.
The 2000 series was the last small Diesel engine range made by Volvo themselves.
VP 2001 -single cylinder
VP 2002 - 2 cylinder
VP 2003 - 3 cylinder
VP 2003T - 3 cylinder with turbo added.
Lot of the parts were interchangeable.
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Thanks Harold. Mine is working fine right now so I'm not even going to look at it funny until the next oil change.. I always wonder if I had to replace parts though.. I'll carry at least a couple water pump impellers..

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