If you plan on keeping the car for a long time, I really wouldn't mess with this one. Just take it to Volvo and have them perform the flush. <p>Yes, I know it's expensive but being one that had to shell out for the $4500 repair when mine took a dive around 100k miles, the expense of the flush is peanuts, trust me.
Not sure what the dealer does, but I've done mine twice now and am approaching 100K mile at which time I plan to do it again, and to continue at a 33.3K mile interval. At well less than $100 a pop, cheap insurance. Personally don't know what the dealer would do different unless they have a power flush unit. It seems to me you are on top of the game doing this now, and if all you do is the typical 12 quart flush and keep doing this at regular interval you do just fine.<p>Jerry
Thanks all. Actually, I did take it to the dealer for a flush and they didn't use 3309 - they use 'Multi-Lube'. I was livid. I wanted to find somewhere that will use certified Volvo fluid, or do it myself.<br>
Not sure what brand Multilube was used, but the Mobile multi transmission one is certified for 3309 service. I posted this several months ago, and one of the members noted that the viscosity for this product was significantly thinner than the standard 3309 from Mobile. Having gone to a dealer, I'd be expecting that Volvo fluids were used, not after market. I've used the 3309 several times and is all I have experience with. If you complain, will they put in the Volvo fluid, or will they just say they did? I'm sorry, I don't have an answer, and I'd not feel comfortable with what' s in there. Just one more reason I do my own work.<p>Jerry
It took me quote some doing to get a straight answer from dealer as to what was actually used. They kept saying 'Volvo Approved Fluid'. Finally, the GM said it's a multi use fluid that 'he's never had a problem with'. I explained that I expected Volvo parts to be used when I go to the dealer for service. He didn't see it that way... approved is approved.<br>I don't feel comfortable with what's in there and I'm getting it resolved. Cheap insurance and piece of mind. I just don't like paying 2x for the service.