Maybe not the same engine
- but I have a pair (as of yet, unnamed) of 3cyl 18hp 2020C engines- 1999 version.
They seem to run well, and have had no particular problem with them over the past year of ownership
. I was told once (unsubstantiated) that these are an English Diesel
A few Pain in the A_ _ issues are:
Thermostat can only be replaced by yanking the entire exhaust
is rather unique - it is inside the exhaust
manifold. The seating is critical and must be carefully done - otherwise you will find that coolant
is going out the exhaust pipe.
Also I believe the Volvo replacement parts
are rather dear. I think I would rather have Yanmars.
On the question of longevity. My last boat
, an Ericson
, had a Universal 4cyl enging with, as I remember, about 7,000 hrs. A highly respected mechanic
told me that you should expect 15,000 to 20,000 hours before overhaul
. That implies that the hours are not just to and from the dock
. Those are very bad hours. Mine had been run long hours in Mexico
, so good for the engine.