Originally Posted by s/vfootloose
Volvo thinks their parts
are made of gold, and prices them accordingly
I've owned both Yanmar
. Had generally good experiences with both (though a couple of quirks of the MD2020s I don't like).
To choose now I would choose Yanmar
, but not due to qualitative differences. It would be because of the manipulative parts
distrubition and pricing practices of Volvo
Cases in point: all parts are outrageously expensive (even generic stuff like shaft oil seals
...example: front shaft seal
for MD2020 from Volvo $25...from any local supllier about $5...just bought one in Pamama for $5.25...bought a few spares too), no parts specs are available (like oil seal
rings/shaft diameters, etc), and they wont sell you a real service
manual. I've owned and worked on a lot of motors (both marine
and other) and for all other engines I've been able to buy a proper workshop manual....except Volvo. My Yanmar manual occupied a large 3-ring binder and contained extensive parts details and procedures. What Volvo sells for a service
manual, to consumers, is a joke (they have a real one for their reps only).
Volvo has not actually built any of their own engines, or parts, in many years...they just outsource it, mark it up a few hundred percent and pass the screwing on to you.