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Old 07-11-2019, 03:43 PM   #1
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Default Boat help needed ( Volvo Penta)

Anyone have the Volvo Penta 4.3 L I/O

Good, Bad, Ugly ?

Stay away or great motor...

Anyone
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Old 07-11-2019, 04:18 PM   #2
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Its not the best nor the worst. We had most our issues with the out drive.
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Old 07-11-2019, 06:21 PM   #3
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The engine is a GM, parts available most anywhere. I've heard the Volvo outdrives are "less" common and " more expensive" to maintain than a standard merc outdrive.
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Old 07-11-2019, 06:27 PM   #4
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Thatís a 4.3 Chevy V6, they were bomb proof. Basically a 350 with 2 cylinders cut off.


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Old 07-11-2019, 06:49 PM   #5
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I own one. Haven’t had it too long. I’m the 2nd owner. Boat is 20 years old and cranks everytime. Strong enough to pull a skier. Quiet enough to talk while driving. Not sure what else I can say
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Old 07-11-2019, 09:28 PM   #6
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We had two in my dads sea ray. We didn’t really have good luck with them, but I don’t know how much of that was the motors fault. I will say look closely at the outdrive for corrosion and leaks.
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Old 07-11-2019, 09:32 PM   #7
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I was always told inboard for freshwater and outboard for saltwater.
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Old 07-11-2019, 09:40 PM   #8
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I have one but is 5,0. no problems with motor or out drive probably 17 years old runs looks like new , garage kept boat. (fresh water use only)
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Old 07-11-2019, 09:48 PM   #9
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Better than a Mercruiser outdrive. Long blocks are the same just different bolt ons.
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Old 07-11-2019, 10:02 PM   #10
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What year and model?

The 4.3 Gl is a good motor (carb)
The 4.3 Gxi is a great motor (injected)

Volvo's single prop outdrive maintenance/repairs can be more labor intensive due to its design, which may increase cost of ownership slightly compared to a Mercruiser Alpha drive.

I am not a tech, but do sell boats for a living. My opinion is based on customer feedback, conversation with certified techs, and personal use.




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