Could someone who knows a lot about Volvos explain what we received here from the factory in the US for
In terms of engines and transmission combinations.
Last edited by Chapel; 08-09-2012 at 09:53 AM.
240 alone was
B21ft (turbo i4)
D24 (6 cyl diesel)
M40 (4 spd)
M41 (4 spd + od)
M46 (4 +od)
M47 (5 speed)
Aw55 (3 spd)
Aw70 (4 spd)
Aw71 (4 spd)
and that's not even getting into the different injection systems and cam differences those various engines were equipped with.
The vast majority of cars left are going to be in the 86-93 range, they all had the B230f (with various injection setups) and could be had with M46/ M47 or AW70.
From the top of my head...
B21A: Maybe? Carbed B21. Dunno if offered in US
B21F: N/A CIS
B21FT: Turbo CIS
B23F: N/A EFI
B230F: N/A EFI
B27/B28F. N/A CIS V6. Early cars, AVOID AT ALL COSTS
B230f: N/A EFI
B23FT: Turbo EFI, One year only
B230FT: Turbo all other years.
B280F: N/A EFI V6
B230F: N/A EFI
B6304S: 960 only, I6 DOHC
Auto Transmissions weren't too varied, early 240/260's had the BW35 and 55 3 speed auto. And all the later 240/7XX/9XX had the AW70/AW71.
The manuals were the M45 4 speed on the early 240s. M46 4 speed + OD on mid year 240s and 740s, The M47 was a true 5 speed in later 240s and 740s, some Turbo 7XX cars had the M47, Most had the M46.
Hope that helps, and I hope I didn't waste my time trying to think about everything when I could have just looked it up.
A Ford, two Dodges, and a Volvo.
also, I should mention the 700s in general, not just the 740s... I forgot the 760s weren't ALL V6s (and I don't care about the V6s, so save yourself the trouble). Straight 6s I'm interested in though
As an add-on, what kind of easy (essentially bolt-in) engines and transmissions work with, say, a 240? Or, what would be the best junkyard combo for reliability and power? No, I'm not talking about an LSx swap...
Audi TT mk1 FAQ ███ Clutch and other **** next week
turbo bricks might be a good place to look
lot of people are running t5 engines, im guessing its the 1.8t into the mk1/2s of the vw world for volvos
not much info but a couple of links:
Last edited by 71DubBugBug; 08-09-2012 at 01:12 PM.
Why yes; that she tropper has sideburns...
740GLE 16valve cars are extremely rare here. IIRC they are all auto (I've never seen one with a manual). That engine never seemed to catch fire with Volvo folk here, I think because the added complexity (interference design, balance shafts, timing belt tensioner that was somewhat failure prone).
I've seen a number of the cylinder heads adapted to the Ford Lima turbo cars (Merkurs, etc).
I always found it interesting that Volvo didn't turbo that motor in the US and/or use it more widely. Didn't seem to be used in large enough numbers to recoup the R&D costs. I suppose Volvo owners were shocked to learn they needed to replace the t-belt every 50k...that's a very un-Volvo like service interval.
Last edited by Chapel; 08-09-2012 at 04:45 PM.
Achilles heel of the 6 is timing belts that snap. I see many 960s/S90's on Craigslist with "timing belt broke--needs engine repair".
Yes yes... timing belts... who cares, they are dirt cheap and easy to do. Even at a dealer they aren't expensive. Since you have to do them so often (compared to other cars). You can easily skip the waterpump, tensioner and idler/rollers until the 3rd time the belt gets done.... just inspect all that stuff in between. My dad did the math, and 3 timing belt jobs on a 960 was cheaper then one timing belt job on a Volkswagen/Audi product... both ended up getting you the same distance... Plus Volvo extended the service life with better belts and components later on.