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2012 XC60 w/3.2 six

Old 02-06-2019, 08:29 PM
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Default 2012 XC60 w/3.2 six

Hello all! Over the past 40 years I've owned 12 Volvo's and my father owned 5. I've also had a handful parts cars since I do most of my own work. What can I say, I really like Volvo's which kinda makes me suffer with blind trust in them. Well (2) weeks ago I bought a 2012 XC60 with a 3.2 six and 42,000 miles from a Long Island Volvo Dealer. Due to my blind trust, I never realized or even thought to check for chronic problems since I've had so many Volvo's with so few problems.? Now I find out that these 3.2 engines have oil burning issues. This car is beautiful, but am I headed for trouble? Did I make a costly mistake? Do all of the 3.2 engines wind up being oil burners or just certain years and engine numbers. Does Volvo make good on this problem or do they just make excuses? I only have the standard New York State 60 day used car warranty. The engine is a #94. Is there any way to know what I'm heading into? Any and all input on this will be much appreciated.
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Search the board for some prior threads that provide some excellent insights from dealer tech's who know the protocols for any preventative measures and goodwill repairs.

Here's one to start with:
Old 02-07-2019, 05:04 PM
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Thanks for the input!
Old 02-11-2019, 07:09 AM
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Just a follow up on my 2012 XC60 potential oil burning concern. Ive driven the car 532 miles since adding a quart of oil. Checked the oil on Saturday morning after the car sat all night, it's down 1/2 quart. Doing the math, if I follow Volvo's recommended oil change interval of 7500 miles, I'll be going through 7 quarts between changes. For a car with only 43,000 miles on it, this is not normal oil consumption. It's not normal oil consumption for a Volvo with 200,000+ miles on it. My 2001 V70 T5 with 215,000 miles on it uses a quart every 3,000 miles!! Looks like I got an oil burner. Damn I'm pissed!!
Old 02-12-2019, 09:14 PM
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I own two 3.2’s

2010 S80 Volvo

2008 LR2 Land Rover

The same engine is used in both vehicles

Note: the Land Rover didn’t get the T6 version

And no one on the Land Rover board complains about oil burning

For reference my 3.2 don’t use any oil over 7,500 miles

If you are loosing oil the most likely cause is the O-rings at the brake booster

Volvo makes an excellent repair kit - View topic - 3.2 petrol brake vacuum pump - oil leak?

it is also worth noting that the the oil filter housing has a small rubber disc at the bottom that opens when you remove the filter. When the rubber disc fails (like it did on both of my 3.2s) the measured volume in the oil pan will vary significantly depending on how long you wait to measure the volume.

Details of what fails - View topic - 3.2 Anti Drain Valve

For reference I use Mobil 1 0w40 and I am very happy with my choice

One last link, since you like to keep your cars for a long time here is a link for High Milage maintenance items for 3.2 owners - View topic - Common items for high mileage 3.2

Have fun


PS I am thinking of buying another 3.2 for my Daughter if I do it will likely be a XC60 2012 or newer
Old 02-13-2019, 08:06 AM
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Default great info

Thanks for the input. I looked at all the links too. Very helpful stuff. I love this XC60, I just hope this oil consumption issue is something simple. Thanks again
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I wouldn't lose sleep over it.

just use a high quality synthetic oil, I like Mobil 1 0W40

A friend of mine has a 3.2 with over 200,000 miles and he uses Ligui Moly

I am not aware of an actual Volvo proprietary specification

Some examples of high quality oil proprietary specification

MB 229.5

The BMW LL-01 is a good standard also but Mobil 1 0W40 no longer meets the standard

I won't buy an oil that doesn't meet MB 229.5 because Mercedes had an engine oil sludge problem in the USA due to extended drain intervals and customers that wanted to use conventional oils.

In Germany there was no problem because you have to use the dealer supplied oil or the warranty is void, in the USA we don't work that way.

So Mercedes developed a sludge test and only oils that pass their test meet the MB 229.5 standard

You can find oils that are approved to MB 229.5 at Autozone, Advanced auto parts or just buy Mobil 1 0W40 from Amazon or Walmart and have it shipped to your door for free which is what I do.

One more link for fun.

I bought my Son a 2010 S80 with 123,000 miles about 4 months ago.

Here is the chronicle of what I've done in the first few months of ownership.

It may seem like a lot of work but the cost wasn't high at all.

I've only spent $552 in parts (labor was free) and I bought Volvo, Land Rover or OEM parts only.

As you 3.2 gets to 10 years or 100,000 miles you would be wise to to do the maintenance if you want to go to 20 years or 200,000 miles

Take care

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