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I need urgent help. Loaned my car ('93 850 GLT sedan) to a friend who called from Maine saying the timing belt broke. The mechanic he brought it to says the engine is ruined and needs to be rebuilt and I'd might as well consider the car a loss. Is this true? Problem is, I really, really like this car and it is the first one car I have ever owned. I bought it used for 2500 dollars about four years ago with 140,000 miles on it. It has about 160,000 on it now. Everything else is in very good condition. Any advice on what to do? I'm in NYC and very far away from the car where it has broken down. Can anyone suggest a mechanic in Southern Maine?<br>Thanks,<br>Jason
 

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Re: Timing belt - engine destroyed? (jviseltear)

YES, cheaper for a new (used) motor<br>...and to repair it will be a lot more than the car is worth <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>You can try <A HREF="http://www.erievovo.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.erievovo.com</A> for a used engine.<br>I bought one last year, very good motor. They're reputable, BUT... it STILL will cost you $700 to $1000 PLUS the $1500 to $2000 to install it <I></I>
 

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Re: Timing belt - engine destroyed? (jviseltear)

Well, the engine likely has major damage, I'm afraid. The Volvo modular engine, of which the 5-cylinder is one, is called an interference-style engine. Due to various design reasons, the pistons and valves occupy some of the same space, at different times, kept apart by the timing belt. When the belt fails on an engine such as this (there are many out there) the pistons and valve go out of sync, and crash. Usually, the valves are bent and the pistons are also damaged. There may be additional damage, too. Likely, a new cylinder head with new valves is needed, and maybe a couple of new pistons. I would say this is likely a 2500 repair, unless you know a friendly mechanic or a friend who can handle this work.<p>The 850 needs a new timing belt no later than every 70,000 miles, 50,000 for early models. It sounds like a waste to replace the belt early, until it breaks, than it seems cheap.<p>You may find some mechanics for Volvos from the VCOA or brickboard.com.<p>Sorry I wish I had better news for you. The 850 is a very solid car, the timing belt just needs to be replaced at certain intervals.
 

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Re: Timing belt - engine destroyed? (jviseltear)

I am mad at you. You should have your timing belt replaced every 50,000 miles in that '93.<p>I have no sympathy for you, you are not worthy <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthdown.gif" BORDER="0"> <p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Timing belt - engine destroyed? (RussBert)

Hi there. I live in Maine most of the year and can recommend very strongly Goodwin's Volvo in Topsham, Maine. <br>If you would prefer an independent PM me and we'll talk but I think this dealership is your best bet.<br>Hope this helps.
 

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Re: Timing belt - engine destroyed? (jviseltear)

...my biggest fear. When I recently purchased my '93 850 GLT, the first thing I had done was to have the timing belt replaced, even though the seller (dealer) claimed it was recently done.<p>Craig W.<p>'01 C70 Conv.<br>'93 850 GLT
 

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Re: Timing belt - engine destroyed? (atefitty)

Time for something new and better...<p>Make sure the timing belt has been done at the proper intervals on this one...
 
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