The Volvo 20xx series are a completely different beast than the 200x series. The 200x were made by Volvo and have a history
of problems, although many seem to run fine.
The 20xx series are made by Perkins and are identical to their Perama
Mxx series. They are not Kubota blocks.
Parts for the Volvo 20xx engines can be sourced through Perkins for half the price
of Volvo. Anywhere that Perkins parts are sold, you can get parts for the Volvo 20xx.
But not the 200x engines, which was the OP's engine
In several threads in the past, I have posted price
lists for parts from competing Volvo and Yanmar
engines. There is no overall difference in prices, although specific parts are priced differently.
But people like their unexamined beliefs, so you will hear the pricing argument over and over.
As for availability, almost no one is warehousing parts anymore - the costs are prohibitive. The old saw of looking at your cruising grounds and buying
diesels/outboards based on part availability no longer holds water
(or won't for long). Dealers/suppliers now simply order parts as needed and having them shipped in. Maybe if you have the newest and most popular model of an engine
, but not for older ones.
For example, we recently brought back a carburetor jet from the US for a friend's Yamaha Enduro 15 outboard
because he could not source one in Panama
. All the dealers told him they would order it and he could have it in 2-3 weeks. And that is the engine EVERYONE KNOWS you absolutely have to buy if you plan to cruise
because parts are available everywhere.