My experience with Volvo has been terrible! I had a brand new 2003 in 1988, Volvo said it was state of the art, I became to see it as experimental. In the first year it burned so much oil
I went back to Volvo, they said run it for a season ( we don't sail in the winter here, the water's too hard) Next season I went back to them, they said I was out of warranty!! After a lot of hassling including talking to Sweden
they finally rebuilt the engine
. It still never ran properly, couldn't idle, lots of problems. Afer two more seasons I replaced it with a Yanmar 3GM30F. Couldn't be happier. Since then I've always said that if I were buying
a used boat
with a Volvo in it I would factor a new engine
into the offering price
. Many people have had problems with the 2000 series (2001, 2002, 2003 2003T). The 20 series is different in that Volvo stopped using their own blocks in their small diesels after the 2000 series fiasco. They may be better but once bitten ...
If you think you can save money with the Volvo you might become quite famous as it'll be a first.