WOW, the pics showing busted valves sitting on the pistons are scary!
What is the reasoning for Volvo using the rubber belt instead of a chain?
On the 1993 to 1998 5 cylinders and 1994 to 1998 6 cylinders the timing belts could last a lot long but I wouldn't trust them either.
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This type of maintenance (t. belt and other) is acceptable for a car engineered over 10 years ago however, this is just not going to fly with customers anymore.
100,000 miles ain't what it used to be, it's barely broken in. Besides fluids, tires and brakes, most new cars go 100,000 miles before you have to lift the hood; even then it's just to change the plugs.
I know not everyone has the money always to get the job done. I know how it is I have 4 kids and very little money. But the point I am trying to make is that it is better to pay between $700.00 to $800.00 or so. Rather than having to Junk the car or pay over $3000.00 to get the head rebuilt or replaced. Or maybe even more to have a new motor installed.
Volvo wants its customers to dish out 700 or 800 bucks on a timing belt at 80,000 miles?!!
And if they don't; the valves might crash into the pistons and blow the engine!
Volvo should cover this maintenance at 80,000 miles; free of charge for all model years 2000 and newer.
Today's consumer is not going to buy another Volvo if the engine blows on his 2002 s80 before it hits 150000 miles.
He is going to trade it in on a Hondaand never look back. Meanwhile telling everybody the story of how the engine blew because a "belt" broke.
Anyway, thanks for the advice tech. It is taken seriously.