Volvo Penta
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Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: Dec. 10, 2018

I have a 18 foot Stingray with a Volva Penta 3.0 liter I/O. Due to a factory recall with the Demon carburetor, Volva Penta requested that I bring my boat to an authorized Volva Penta dealership, Cope Marine located in Belleville Illinois. After nearly 6 months, I picked up my boat and the dealership and Volva Penta attempted to charge me for work that was not recall work. In addition, upon getting the boat and attempting to run the engine, I now have a carburetor that will not idle. I have reached out to Volva Penta and their reply was that, in spite of their guarantee, they have already absorbed the cost of the additional non-recall expenses and do not feel any additional responsibility. With this business philosophy, I would not anticipate Volva Penta to survive and certainly encourage everyone to avoid the mistake of dealing with Volva Penta and Cope Marine.

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Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: Oct. 27, 2018

We have replaced the thermostats 3 times because of t/stat failure. The most recent was today 10/27/2018. The customer left the harbor and got out to the main channel when the alarm went off. Top of port t/stat blown off and water running out of the t/stat housing and flooding the bilge. Lucky he had a kicker and was able to return to his ship. Anyone else having this problem?

3 people found this review helpful
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Rated with 2 stars
Verified Reviewer
Original review: June 13, 2017

I have a 2007 210 four winns with a 5.0. It has giving me huge problems with the fuel system. The base that holds the fuel pump was painted and after a few years of usage the paint come off in chunks and it messes up the fuel filters!!! Why paint something that fuel has to flow through it??? Very unfair and stupid move on Volvo Penta techs and engineers with such a crappy design! Now trying to find O rings to repair the part is AWFUL?? Where can I get this parts? Please feel free to contact me at **. Thanks for any info.

10 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: June 5, 2017

Took my 2013 Four Winns to the dealer at the end of March due to a cracked block (freeze damage). Dealer stated I would need a new block, and ordered one from Volvo Penta. After it was installed they tested and had issues with the new engine; error codes, idling, etc. So, after sending all the info to Volvo, Volvo sent them a 2nd engine. The 2nd did the same thing. So, Volvo sent a rep. out to verify the test. Rep. couldn't figure out what the issue was either. So, two months into this Volvo still hasn't figured out a solution. I called Volvo myself to speak with them, couldn't get hold of anyone, was told someone would call me back in 3-5 days. Now I know how the dealership feels! How can you not get a replacement engine in two months that works!

5 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: May 27, 2017

Continued carburetor issues with my 2006 Penta 4.3Gl/Sx - I am currently on my third carburetor with this engine. One was replaced under warranty 8/4/2006 three months after my purchase. Second replacement 7/3/2013 at a cost of $500.00. The boat is only used on a lake in Pennsylvania and has 114 hours on it. I am in the process of trying obtain a rebuild kit for the carburetor or a replacement carburetor at this time. Boat stalls when placed in gear and runs rough until reaching full operational temp. Totally frustrated with this engine and carburetor.

8 people found this review helpful
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Rated with 5 stars
Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
Original review: April 13, 2017

We have a Volvo Penta in our yacht. It has done 100 hours and the MDI unit burnt out. We paid $850 for a replacement which had been superseded and we had problems with the engine stopping and starting losing power in messy conditions. We had to be towed-in by marine rescue at our expense. We have contacted the Volvo Penta dealers and they have said that this part has been a problem and out on their 4 model which we put in and still failing. They have no problem replacing the part. This could be life threatening and just not good enough on a relatively new engine.

16 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
Original review: July 29, 2016

We have no other choice other than to write to you with an urgent request to look into the following matter. We have purchased LOOKER 350 from Paritet, Yaroslavl, Russia, date of commercial invoice - 23/04/2015. 17/09/2015 – boat was commissioned by Brother Marine Consultants & Engineers Pvt. Ltd. Vishakhapatnam, India. VOLVO PENTA D6 ENGINE - SERIAL NO. A400097. 28/01/2016 - Within two months of operation pitting damage on propeller. 01/04/2016 - had to replace bearing. Our question - the life/longevity of gear box bearing and spline is only 720 hours? 02/06/2016 - we were recommended to replace the total lower gear. Within such a short time such defects in the mechanism by Volvo Penta – a 109 year old company is incredible. We have been incurring huge expenditure by way of replacements in a new product.

10 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: July 11, 2015

6.2 liter Marine Engine in a Monterey M5 boat - My 2015 M5 boat has about 50 hours on it. This is the beginning of the 3rd season and the first trip out I am getting a strange noise from the engine. I described it as a bad bearing noise like what you'd hear from an alternator. You don't hear it at an idle but it comes in at about 1100 RPM and stays. The dealer quickly diagnosed it as a bad steering actuator. Why so quickly and easily I wondered and how could that noise be something to do with the steering?

After a couple of weeks I discover the part is on backorder. The dealer finally admits this is a flawed design that Volvo still hasn't fixed. Having to be without my boat for a month in the middle of a 3 month batting season doesn't make me happy at all. We were able to find the part at a non-dealer repair facility that apparently buys and stocks this part because they fail so often he always has them on hand. When you dish out 100K for a new boat, I'm thinking I'm getting a high quality product. The 6.2 Volvo engine is a pricey upgrade over a Merc engine. It's disappointing to find out the dream boat your boat will need a new steering actuator replaced every two years. I won't buy Volvo next time.

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14 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: Feb. 26, 2015

In a world where free speech is paramount I am interested to know if anyone else shares my point of view? As the owner of a classic sailing vessel built by a friend from Finland, using a marine engine from Sweden seemed like a good Idea until I needed some spare parts. This is when I found out that when it comes to buying spares from Volvo Penta; The older the engine gets the more they jack their prices up. They have what I call a 'defy you to buy it policy' that seems geared to forcing one to scrap an older engine and buy a new one. Do they think that they command an unshakable customer "brand loyalty" personally? I see this as a form of presumptive arrogance. After overcharging for vintage parts and making a customer angry, any sensible person might consider Yanmar, or some other well known alternative manufacturer?

16 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: Aug. 4, 2014

I took delivery on my new boat in January everything was great until June 1 when the engine would overheat at full rpm. The dealer tried several times to fix the problem. Finally, I was able to talk to Volvo Rep and was told that a Volvo Factory rep would go down and diagnose the problem at which time he told the dealer that a new heat exchanger and water pump would be sent and for them to replace those parts. This did not work. It took an additional 10 days to get another another factory mechanic to come down and advise that the engine would have to be replace. It is now Aug 3 and the dealer began to replace the engine. Communications with Volvo has been terrible; they only want to talk to their dealers. When you are having major issue such as this, Volvo should worry about their customer and make sure that the dealers are getting the support they need.

28 people found this review helpful
Rated with 3 stars
Original review: Jan. 22, 2012

I would like to know who is the supposed Volvo Penta marine tech in Puerto Rico because they spent one complete year "working" in my boat--Cranchi Esmeraldo 37 year 2000 with 2 KAD44s--and quit the job. But after replacing the wire harness for both engines, actuators and the word, it did not make any noise or produce black smoke from the motors, just the starting noise from the starter motor. My cousin called me and I made a trip to check what's wrong. The only big mistake was that Mr. Dan or Daniel, the super tech from Volvo Penta. On the same day when I checked the engines, after two tries, I started and ran one engine. Very good reputation, guys.

15 people found this review helpful
Original review: Jan. 1, 2004

March 2003 I purchased a new Boat with twin Volvo Penta 4L Diesel engines. December 10 I talked to the Regional Volvo Rep about a high pitch whine from my port engine. Several hours later the local Volvo service area mechanic called and we set up a appointment for the next morning to meet at my Boat. I met with the mechanic the following morning and he determined that the Turbo Charger bearings were NG. He told me not to use the boat and that he would order a Turbo Charger for the engine from Volvo.

Well, that was December 11 and today is January 1, 2004. I am still waiting for my Turbo Charger. I have made several calls to Volvo VA and they say the part has been shipped. This is very frustrating with company over the holidays and not being able to use my boat. One of the deciding reasons for purchasing this boat was the fact it had Volvo Pentas.

This looks like the wrong decision. What would happen if I were on a trip and I have a mechanical problem with these engines I have 102 hours on these engines and a 5-year warranty (GOOD LUCK TO ME).

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17 people found this review helpful
Original review: July 21, 2003

The problem started in January of 2003. It has to do with my 2002, 20-foot Seamaster boat with a 135-horsepower Volvo Penta engine. When the problem started the boat would seem to run for about 20 minutes & just die. I contacted a Volvo authorized mechanic about my problem -- Burt at Eagle Marine in Delray Beach, Florida. He subsequently came out to fix the problem. He could not fix the problem initially. He tried several other options - still it could not be fixed.

Without being a professional mechanic I could tell it must have been some kind of fuel flow problem. Be that as it may, $900 and 7 months later it is still not fixed. Being completely frustrated I finally Contacted Volvo-Penta in June of 2003 directly. I spoke with Christine at first. She told me after speaking with my mechanic that there was nothing Volvo could do. She mentioned that the mechanic told her there was water in the gasoline.
Well, without being a mechanic myself, shouldn't he have fixed the problem initially if that was the problem? All he did was put new parts into the boat & my frustration continues as this did not solve the problem. I have since spoken with Mike at Volvo & after going back & forth on this issue, he is asking me to fix the boat myself. Does this even seem logical to you?
The way I see it, I have a 6 year warranty on the boat through Volvo & all the repairs should be covered under this warranty. I have a $900 unpaid bill sitting on my desk for repair work obviously not done. Also,I have taken a lot of time from work to tend to this matter along with numerous phone calls. Not to mention the embarrassment of being towed by Seatow Company (our local boat emergency service) numerous times. Well worth the $95 membership in this situation!

If there was indeed water in the gasoline, that could cause serious engine damage, which would most likely not be covered under the warranty. John should consult an independent mechanic and get his opinion, or if he simply wants to contest it, the next step is to hire an attorney, which will be expensive and perhaps nonproductive.

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24 people found this review helpful
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