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Service for a Volvo?

By minkshaman 2 May 2011 33

I’ve seen posts previously for servicing, is there anyone who knows Volvos but doesn’t charge an arm and/or a leg?

One guy in mitchell quoted me $750 for a “full service”

I don’t know what that entails, does anyone know if Volvos require something special or is it wank?

SHORT VERSION: Cheaper service for a volvo?

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Solidarity 4:20 pm 02 Aug 11

Timing belt on my Volvo cost me $120, so must be brakes or something?

Classified 3:14 pm 02 Aug 11

Campbellcatch said :

What was the outcome? I am being charged $980 for a 60k service next week onmy newish Volvo and need something more in my price bracket!

That’s an outrageous amount for a service. What are they doing? Timing belt? Brakes?

Campbellcatch 2:46 pm 02 Aug 11

What was the outcome? I am being charged $980 for a 60k service next week onmy newish Volvo and need something more in my price bracket!

Lyons75 5:52 pm 24 May 11

just wondering who you went with and how much the service turned out to be?

Holden Caulfield 3:49 pm 04 May 11

Reprobate said :

Getting OT I know but N14 Pulsars have Chapman struts at the rear, N15’s have the cheaper beam style axle.

Just sayin’…

I had an N14 back in the day and I was sure it didn’t have a beam axle, but couldn’t remember for sure. You’re right, the N15 does.

Usually on most cars you can tell from behind if they have a beam axle (think Toyota Echo c1999) and it pretty much looks like a star picket just running between the two rear wheels, haha. Which is fair enough, I guess, as that’s pretty much what it is.

minkshaman 1:38 pm 04 May 11

Lyons75 said :

I’ve had a couple of volvos, an old bulletproof model and a less reliable relatively modern one. I have used both the guy in Mitchell and Ike down in Phillip.

Both Vince and Ike are excellent mechanics, know all volvos like the back of their hands and can usually diagnose most faults pretty quickly. I believe Vince was actually an apprentice to Ike back in the 70s.

I use Ike now to service the modern one, never had a problem. I had both Ike and Vince service the older on, never really a problem, but I once took the old bullet proof model to Vince for a major service and the $700 quote ended up a fair bit more expensive due to some other things that needed to be done.

If it was me I’d give Ike a call though an ask for a quote, $750 is alot to spend on a car that honestly wouldnt be worth much more than a $1000.

Thanks, I’ll do that.

Lyons75 9:53 am 04 May 11

I’ve had a couple of volvos, an old bulletproof model and a less reliable relatively modern one. I have used both the guy in Mitchell and Ike down in Phillip.

Both Vince and Ike are excellent mechanics, know all volvos like the back of their hands and can usually diagnose most faults pretty quickly. I believe Vince was actually an apprentice to Ike back in the 70s.

I use Ike now to service the modern one, never had a problem. I had both Ike and Vince service the older on, never really a problem, but I once took the old bullet proof model to Vince for a major service and the $700 quote ended up a fair bit more expensive due to some other things that needed to be done.

If it was me I’d give Ike a call though an ask for a quote, $750 is alot to spend on a car that honestly wouldnt be worth much more than a $1000.

Reprobate 4:43 pm 03 May 11

Getting OT I know but N14 Pulsars have Chapman struts at the rear, N15’s have the cheaper beam style axle.

Just sayin’…

dvaey 3:30 pm 03 May 11

KB1971 said :

A pulsar with a rear solid axle? Id like to see one of those.

Pulsars are FWD, the rear is fully independant, no axle. Mechanics seem to think we’re stupid.. they dont realise if they treat someone knowledgable like theyre stupid, it makes them look dumb and will probably cost them a bit of business..

Not all of them, N14 & 15 Pulsars have a solid axle, its not a drive axle but it is a beam none the less. Other front wheel drive cars have them as well such as Mitsubishi Magna, Colt, Lancer, Hyundai Excel/Accent, Ford Focus, Mazda 121. Its pretty common as its cheap.

My N14 has the spare wheel well pretty much where a live axle would sit, each wheel/stub-axle is fully independant and adjustment is simple a matter of adjusting a cam washer on the lower control arm.

Another option now that youve said its an older volvo, is to even look at getting a service manual and doing the work yourself.. older cars arent that difficult to work on compared to modern ones, you should be able to find parts available from most autoparts stores (a quick check of SCA parts guide shows very reasonable prices for parts for your model).

Grrrr 2:03 pm 03 May 11

Bluprint said :

(Ford owns Volvo)

Not anymore they don’t. Volvo Cars went from Swedish to American ownership .. and are now Chinese.

(Oh, and the 300/400 series were Dutch-made.)

KB1971 12:38 pm 03 May 11

dvaey said :

joeyjojojuniorshabadoo said :

dvaey said :

I took a Pulsar to their colleagues in Phillip and got a half-assed job. While admittedly only for a wheel alignment, they gave me the final printout showing only half the job was done (front fixed, rear not touched) and tried to explain that wheel alignment really isnt that important before charging me $75 for it.

Bit hard to align a beam axle rear…

A pulsar with a rear solid axle? Id like to see one of those.

Pulsars are FWD, the rear is fully independant, no axle. Mechanics seem to think we’re stupid.. they dont realise if they treat someone knowledgable like theyre stupid, it makes them look dumb and will probably cost them a bit of business..

Not all of them, N14 & 15 Pulsars have a solid axle, its not a drive axle but it is a beam none the less. Other front wheel drive cars have them as well such as Mitsubishi Magna, Colt, Lancer, Hyundai Excel/Accent, Ford Focus, Mazda 121. Its pretty common as its cheap.

minkshaman 12:33 pm 03 May 11

Solidarity said :

Oh, a 240. Bulletproof motors.

Get your mechanic, whoever you choose, to write down which parts you need, and what they cost, and if you can wait a fortnight, order them off the http://www.fcpgroton.com website.

FCP Groton vs. local pricing is insane, even with shipping from the states you’ll still save hundreds.

THANKS!!
😀
I’ve been looking for this kind of stuff for a while!

Solidarity 12:12 pm 03 May 11

minkshaman said :

Lazy I said :

Depending on how many k’s the Volvo has done the full service can be costly.

The halogen fluid for the European headlights is roughly $200 trade price (materials alone), and depending on how the car is driven the muffler bearings often need replacing as part of a full service.

$750 sounds fair if the above items are included.

AHAWHAWHAW! YOU SO FUNNAY!
if I didn’t already know about the elbow grease/headlight fluid gag, then I may have been taken in.
well written, very professional sounding, A+ for effort.
please call if you ever snap the built-in cup holder off your PC.

in other news, thanks to everyone who was actually constructive.
I guess I’ll go with Vince if he’s trusted. it’s just $750 is a lot of money 🙁
car is an older volvo, ’92 240.
over 300K on the clock.
the guy who previously owned it didn’t take great care of the interior, so I have no idea how he took care of the engine.
Fuel economy isn’t as good as it used to be.

Thanks again for all the responses.

Oh, a 240. Bulletproof motors.

Get your mechanic, whoever you choose, to write down which parts you need, and what they cost, and if you can wait a fortnight, order them off the http://www.fcpgroton.com website.

FCP Groton vs. local pricing is insane, even with shipping from the states you’ll still save hundreds.

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