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Old 26 January 2003, 05:06   #1
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Volvo engines (For Crazyhorse)

Posting this here 'cos Crazyhorse's cabin rib thread has degenerated into name calling between the hardboat lot?

I believe the amazing aluminium cabin rib from Vancouver is being fitted with a Volvo Kad 300 DP? Mentioned that there had been a lot of negative comment on Volvo engines generally over the past several months on the mby forums. Well I did recall someone setting up a Volvo Penta users group forum and I have managed to track down the URL & offer it for you interest and edification!

http://www.arweb.co.uk/volpen/usergroup/
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Old 26 January 2003, 05:19   #2
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Yes there was alot of resentment aout Volvo on MBY and I have to confess to add to that after being the victim of an Hydraulic lock which bent my con rod enuf to let it still work efficiently as far as power was concerened but the cooling jet got broken so on my longer journeys to France etc the piston was overheating and fragments were breaking off and being released around the engine.


It eventually gave up the ghost 8 months later and ensued in a terrible row with Volvo.

All is sorted now and I am back up and running.

So yes at the time I wasnt the biggest fan but every engine manufacturer has its faults.

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Old 26 January 2003, 05:33   #3
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Alan,
I'm not sure the "namecalling" was between the hardboat lot!
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Old 26 January 2003, 05:52   #4
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Give it a rest, Jon Fuller. Alan has started a new thread in the hope that people will stick to the topic.

We had our fair share of 'nightmares' with Volvo's as well. Our Fairline Targa developed a problem, the symptons being loss of power. Well, it took them almost a year to sort it out. All they had to do was replace the ECM, (Electronic Control Module) the brains really. These little buggers cost 1,400.00 - no wonder they were loathe to replace it, but eventually did under warranty and problem solved. The anxiety and all that comes with an unreliable engine is too much to bear, particularly as the boat was for sale and we could not comfortably take prospective buyers out in case the problem re-surfaced as it was intermittent.
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Old 26 January 2003, 05:58   #5
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Sorry Charles, but the statement was inaccurate!
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Old 26 January 2003, 06:29   #6
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Just bought a KAD300/DPX

Now ya tell me.

Thanks, Alan, for the link.
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Old 26 January 2003, 07:25   #7
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Here is some positive feedback on a volvo
I have a KAD44 which is used commercially - has 1800 hours on it in 3 years - only problem being an alternator fault - used every day in the summer 6 hours a day - still fine - and to make you Bravo legs boys sad STILL THE ORIGINAL LEG.
Also a KAD 32 - 1 year old 500 hours - no problems at all.

Given the choice i would buy both again, and think there is no other choice to go for.

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Old 26 January 2003, 07:34   #8
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eee you have all woken me up on a Sunday? Will get back shortley when I have prioritised my responces.
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Old 26 January 2003, 08:43   #9
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Thanks Alan for your help and it is appreciated,Forgive me for my exitement but I cant find any problems with the Volvo Kad 3oo/Dpg drive as yet.

This is the second time I have had a good luck and cant find anything that relates to that engine or there new drive system and emerging problems?.


Im of the frame of mind that the Volvo Kad 300/dpg is a good unit as they have had the time to make any changes they my of needed to make,based on the past experience of other engine Manufacturers.So I hope thats what they have done.

Thanks for Your Posts And if Mr Walker can throw some light on the subject then I will be interested,as it seems this new imformation and says,Now you Tell me? What do you mean? I cant understand what your have been told? as I havnt found anything that points to there being problems?, Please enlighten me if I have missed something out here?.
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Old 26 January 2003, 08:50   #10
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I think you have bought a New DPG drive not a DPX drive?

And your comments are appreciated.

Wait till you see my Baby,I will be busy then for sure I think?
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