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Maintenance Cost on Volvos

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Posted 19 April 2005 - 11:19 AM


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Of recently, I notice there are alot of faulty equipments on either new
or used Volvos.

I think I've spent almost RM 10k for maintenance and repairs of my S40.

Question is... are all Volvo make and model are costing a bomb to

Sometimes, I think Alfa's are cheaper to maintain!


Posted 19 April 2005 - 01:20 PM


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s40, what is the item that is making you think it is expensive?

alfa's too have a fare share of $$$ being burned by the side. i have a
friend with iginition problem and another one with fuel injector problems.
probablly they got lemons. i don't know.

but after speding my initial 10k on the car on the first 3 months, i can
say that it is not that expensive to maintain as i initially thought.
engine oil changes only 1~2 times a year. misc replacements about rm500
which i did replace early this year. for last year i only replaced about
rm300 worth of new parts into the t5. i think the prices are fair enough
for a continental car with imported parts.

comparatively - waja power window costs rm400 to replace. kenari steering
column (not rack) rm 1k.


Posted 19 April 2005 - 02:48 PM


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Rm 10K in how many years ? what parts ? which workshop ? I had
spend about rm 6-7 K in two years time on my V40 included all Tear
& Wear parts, schedule services and Accessories, all this is done at
SM or ex FA staff workshop
Before i brought my used V40 two years ago, had read a survey from
UK said S/V40 are the second lower maintenance car in UK and also
understand from my regular mechanic said S/V40 are able to share
some componets with Waja especially on under carriage (although i
never use any Waja Parts in my car ) ,also the local S/V40 are the
lower maintenance Bill in the S/V family and if you known where to
find those OEM or Alternative parts beside authorise Dearlers that will
be BIG saving in the long run.
For me, all the money spend are worlth while as i sure my car is
alway in the tip top condition when i ferry my family anf further more
we brought VOLVO is partialy for safety reason , Right ?


Posted 19 April 2005 - 04:55 PM



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mind to share w u how u spend the 10k?? :)


Posted 19 April 2005 - 05:44 PM



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I also spent about that much on my S40T.

Recently I got a gearbox problem, new 24k, potong 6 to 8k. My mechanic
sent it to gearbox overhaul specialist. Cost 5.8k. Now ok

To date i've changed radiator, radiator top hose, fuel regulator, top
engine mounting, water pump, rear brake disk, and other wear and tear,
like battery, bush, absorber etc.

Several things are still pending (belum ada sen) like front brake disk,
front headlamp (foggy, glass start changed color alredi), small oil
leaking (dunno from where yet), ABS light on (they said wiring kot...)

Thinking of buying a new car. Havent decided yet.....


Posted 19 April 2005 - 06:29 PM


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I'm with keccex.

Had the same highlighted problems.

My 10k budget is for a period of 2 years. So, roughly it's 5k per year!
Haven't gone to the extend of gearbox replacement (touch touch wood!).

What I did recently was my air con! It cost me RM 2,500 to change:-

- cooling coil (Original)
- Oil
- Valve
- Labour
- etc etc

The cooling coil itself cost about RM 1850!

Sometimes the cost is just a little factor. What the air-con specialist
state is what worried me! What they said "Volvo cooling coils are similar
to E46s. Hence, will last at least 3 years only. Not as lasting as
Protons that will last at least 5 years!"

Does this mean the air con will 'kong' in 3 years time! So, be prepared
of another RM 2,500 or so! Maybe that time, the compressor dies and thus
another big bill (touch touch wood)!

Anyway, recently I've also changed the front disc brakes @ RM 650 for a
pair! I guess this will also last for about 2 years or so.

The thing that, I thought continentals are suppose to be more durable
than japanese. These almost prove that they are not!

It's a pretty sad case here!


Posted 19 April 2005 - 11:04 PM


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To say VOLVOs are cheap to maintain will be far from the truth but we
muct agreed that we buy these cars for a reason or for a passion. As long
as these are met and at the same time when we can still afford it, we
should be glad. If we can't then just be wise to dispose of the car.

Another is to imagine never to have driven what you love because we were
to calculative, well we also cannot guarantee what tomorrow brings, so as
long as we have the breath, let's enjoy it.


Posted 19 April 2005 - 11:37 PM



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Glock, so philosophical tonight......Big Smile


Posted 20 April 2005 - 05:55 AM


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yup, you are right glock19.... but for me, personally, passion,
satisfaction will come along when we got what we want and we didnt
fell 'depress' on taking care of it... if we love volvo, we got a volvo,
but being 'susah' to maintain the loved bricks, then why push yourself
into it.... heheheheheh... luckily, my dad only afford a 240... we got
what we want (the brick) and don't fell 'depressed' to take care of
it.... :)


Posted 20 April 2005 - 09:15 AM


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Ummm.... got any vehiecle that offers comfort as well as good or
excellent maintenance cost?!?!?

What about Audi(s) A4? Any experience with it? or even Peugeot 406(s)?
Heard from people that sometimes these cars are cheaper to maintain!