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Just trying to get a sense for if this is standard pricing.
I was quoted $130 to replace the oil in the AOC (which can't have very much oil in it?) and $130 to replace the oil in the differential (which again, can't have a ton of oil).
 

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Differential seems a bit high. The AOC is in the range for a new filter and Volvo specific fluid.
 

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Differential seems a bit high. The AOC is in the range for a new filter and Volvo specific fluid.
Thanks. I've taken it to Volvo Specialists in Rockville.
They appear to be well regarded based on reviews, and pulling up the the shop, there wasn't a single vehicle in their lot that was not a Volvo.
This tends to be a good indicator they're not using "specialist" as a marketing hook to capture a relatively narrow brand while also focusing on Honda, Ford, Toyota, etc. etc.

This is my first time dealing with them. I wanted some general feedback to make sure pricing wasn't out of the ordinary.
Also had a failing right lower motor mount ($275) and two control arms with tears in the bushings ($725 to replace + $110 alignment, but not needed right now, she said).
Then, of course, they're not sure if calibration will fix my cocked eyed ABL (or at least point them to center which is all I care about), so, they're recommending I replace the entire headlight.
Cost: $1200(!)

Ah, the joys of vehicle ownership.
 

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Just trying to get a sense for if this is standard pricing.
I was quoted $130 to replace the oil in the AOC (which can't have very much oil in it?) and $130 to replace the oil in the differential (which again, can't have a ton of oil).
I don't the the price to handle the AOC fluid and filter change but did mine a couple of weeks ago. The Volvo fluid cost $32 from IPD and $40 for the filter kit. It was pain replace the filter which was never done before but fluid was done before and was relatively clean. The filter was dirty.

I didn't use the full 1 liter bottle replacing the AOC fluid.

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Neither job is more difficult than changing motor oil (unless the AOC filter is being changed as well). How much do you for an oil change?
 

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Thanks. I've taken it to Volvo Specialists in Rockville.
They appear to be well regarded based on reviews, and pulling up the the shop, there wasn't a single vehicle in their lot that was not a Volvo.
This tends to be a good indicator they're not using "specialist" as a marketing hook to capture a relatively narrow brand while also focusing on Honda, Ford, Toyota, etc. etc.

This is my first time dealing with them. I wanted some general feedback to make sure pricing wasn't out of the ordinary.
Also had a failing right lower motor mount ($275) and two control arms with tears in the bushings ($725 to replace + $110 alignment, but not needed right now, she said).
Then, of course, they're not sure if calibration will fix my cocked eyed ABL (or at least point them to center which is all I care about), so, they're recommending I replace the entire headlight.
Cost: $1200(!)

Ah, the joys of vehicle ownership.
That shops is 5 mins from me. Glad to hear about a truly Volvo specalist. The prices are why I do almost all my own work. I farm out alignments and the occasional job if I know there is rust or other frozen part that needs Oxy acetaline heat to remove. Maybe try to drop it off on a Monday before 9am and take advantage of their 10% off coupon: http://volvospecialistsinc.com/specials/

If you have the projector style HID, it is ~$768 at FCP and it is easy to install. Maybe get the assembly yourself and then have it recalibrated. The other prices seem about right.

For me, the AOC filter was not difficult. Instead of using a really small and thin ratchet, I used a long extension connected to a 1/4 size ratchet. I also use a mityvac which is THE BEST tool in the garage to use. I can extract the diff, AOC and angle gear oils. I also use it for the engine oils. Then I can go and refresh fluids for the brake fluid and power steering. My floor stays clean and I can transfer the oils to bottles easily for recycling.
 

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Neither job is more difficult than changing motor oil (unless the AOC filter is being changed as well). How much do you for an oil change?
Hard to say. They charged me $25 for the oil change because I brought them the oil & filter.
I guess they're padding their charges a bit on the other service.
 

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That shops is 5 mins from me. Glad to hear about a truly Volvo specalist. The prices are why I do almost all my own work. I farm out alignments and the occasional job if I know there is rust or other frozen part that needs Oxy acetaline heat to remove. Maybe try to drop it off on a Monday before 9am and take advantage of their 10% off coupon: http://volvospecialistsinc.com/specials/
I used them for a front end suspension refresh (my own parts, LCAs, ball joints, struts and bearing plates, and new tire install) a few months ago. They are very knowledgeable and eager to answer any questions that you have. The only downside is a packed parking lot that they partially share with another vehicle shop, and no loaners, but they drop you off at the nearest Enterprise, so that works. :p
 

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I used them for a front end suspension refresh (my own parts, LCAs, ball joints, struts and bearing plates, and new tire install) a few months ago. They are very knowledgeable and eager to answer any questions that you have. The only downside is a packed parking lot that they partially share with another vehicle shop, and no loaners, but they drop you off at the nearest Enterprise, so that works. :p
They offered a ride. I declined and hopped the Red Line back to D.C. Thankfully, their shop is only a 6-7 minute walk from Rockville station. The only bad part was one of the old funky smelling, loud, dingy 3000-series trainsets instead of the clean, smooth, new 7000-series pulled up. Getting on that dirtball made me immediately miss the comfort and quietness of my XC. Hahaha!

As for the lot being packed, you're absolutely right! I tried to back my truck into an open slot on the right and it took about 8 back, angle, forward, angle, back, angle dance moves to get to perpendicular with the spot - doing all this with the parking sensors blaring like a missile lock-on the entire time.

Larissa, the owner I believe, is duly knowledgeable and friendly. Maybe coyly so. After a few light heated remarks back and forth to build rapport, she tried to sell me on a new set of tires - Continentals - for $950(!). Which of course would force my hand to do the LCAs, $725, and get an alignment for $110.
Ummm, let's just say I politely declined that service. I had a $400 tab in mind which already edged over into $600. I surely wasn't ready for a $3,200+ day.
 

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To be fair, they have to charge you for an hour of labor, which should be $80-$100/hr. So if these are separate quotes, they make total sense. Though a quote for both jobs should be cheaper, as they're already in there.

Don't forget the bevel gear.

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To be fair, they have to charge you for an hour of labor, which should be $80-$100/hr. So if these are separate quotes, they make total sense. Though a quote for both jobs should be cheaper, as they're already in there.

Don't forget the bevel gear.

-Ryan
Yeah, I guess that's what sort of tweaks me a bit about shops.
I know the truck is on the lift and I know the mechanic is cracking open one drain bolt for each component, and letting gravity do the work simultaneously.
So why charge me 2 hours of labor as if you are performing these operations in sequence and not concurrently when we both know this is probably a 45 minute job altogether.

Bevel gear? <Smacks head> Another gear? I thought the AOC was part of the bevel gear assembly.

Edit... and nope. Angle gear is in the front. AOC is in the back. Looks like Volvo Specialists is getting another Ben Franklin out of me today.

Sidenote: She also informed me that although I drained and filled the transmission last Summer, which I thought was the best thing to do full well knowing I wasn't going to get all the fluid out, really all I succeeded in doing was getting 3 of the 12 quarts! :facepalm:

Looks like I'll have to add a flush to the ticket later this summer too. $275.
 

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When you do decide to get the control arms done, do the ball joints at the same time. If the control arm bushings are worn out then the ball joints are probably getting worn out too. There is an overlap in labor.

If you can do a drain refill, then do it 2-3 more times. Did you ask if they will use Volvo fluid for the tranmission fluid change? You do have this messageboard so you could save money and diy things so it doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Heck, buy me food and a drink and perhaps we could tackle some of these things in the summer. Do you have a garage?
 

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When you do decide to get the control arms done, do the ball joints at the same time. If the control arm bushings are worn out then the ball joints are probably getting worn out too. There is an overlap in labor.

If you can do a drain refill, then do it 2-3 more times. Did you ask if they will use Volvo fluid for the tranmission fluid change? You do have this messageboard so you could save money and diy things so it doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Heck, buy me food and a drink and perhaps we could tackle some of these things in the summer. Do you have a garage?
Noted. Thanks for the heads up on the ball joints.

Yes, I have garage access but the neighborhood overseers in the dictatorial socialist republic (aka the condominium association), forbids any repairs or maintenance in the garage beyond a battery change, jump or changing/inflating a tire.

Someone saw fit to report that they saw me replacing my PCV the other week. I received a warning letter about "effectuating repairs in the garage in violation of the bylaws..." blah blah blah. I sent them a letter back that I was not effectuating repairs, but in fact tightening a battery cover and cable which had come loose. :)
 

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Noted. Thanks for the heads up on the ball joints.

Yes, I have garage access but the neighborhood overseers in the dictatorial socialist republic (aka the condominium association), forbids any repairs or maintenance in the garage beyond a battery change, jump or changing/inflating a tire.

Someone saw fit to report that they saw me replacing my PCV the other week. I received a warning letter about "effectuating repairs in the garage in violation of the bylaws..." blah blah blah. I sent them a letter back that I was not effectuating repairs, but in fact tightening a battery cover and cable which had come loose. :)
That is ridiculous.

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Crikey with the stupid HOA police. Well, there goes that idea.

Nice seeing other XC90 owners in the same area. Maybe for those of us in Maryland and DMV, we should plan a summer get together to go get a drink.
 

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Noted. Thanks for the heads up on the ball joints.

Yes, I have garage access but the neighborhood overseers in the dictatorial socialist republic (aka the condominium association), forbids any repairs or maintenance in the garage beyond a battery change, jump or changing/inflating a tire.

Someone saw fit to report that they saw me replacing my PCV the other week. I received a warning letter about "effectuating repairs in the garage in violation of the bylaws..." blah blah blah. I sent them a letter back that I was not effectuating repairs, but in fact tightening a battery cover and cable which had come loose. :)
this is outrageous can't believe this and they send you a letter...craziness.. on the suggestion of ChitownV to meet for a drink i am all for it.
i have a good toolbox and nice carport and no neighbor to complain :rave:
 

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I work in DC, commute from Baltimore and travel to Boone NC on the weekends. What area is everyone from?


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I'm in the North Bethesda/Rockville area. So, Montgomery County.

Would a Friday evening work in June? June 7th or 14th?

BTW, sorry for taking over the thread for a local gathering.
 

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I would be a game time decision since I usually travel.


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I'm equidistant from both D.C. & Bmore, and back and forth between both but mostly D.C. Adult beverage meet-up is fine by me provided the day/time works.
 
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