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(2004 Volvo XC90)
in Harrisonburg, VA on April 15, 2013
My volvo has 94k on it right now, and I'm trying to decide what to do. Had it in the shop last week and need a new rear differential ($1700) due to a bearing in the viscous coupling. Also need a new timing belt ($575). They recommended a turbo hose replacement, transmission fluid flush, etc. Now I've got a small oil leak. The car is paid off...don't know what to do!
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on April 16, 2013
Get a second opinion and estimate! IF you like the vehicle best money spent is to fix it, however, if you really want a new one and can afford it then trade as you probably are not going to be happy otherwise! Your call.
of Greg's Orange Auto on April 16, 2013
agree with wetry and alot depends on your money situation
on April 16, 2013
rear diff. rebuild should cost around $700.00. better than complete replacement if money is issue(it always is). timing belt $400.00. etc. get another opinion. it is a good car but you have to way out your options on trade in.
on April 17, 2013
The quotes I listed above were a second opinion...the first shop said $2000 for rear diff.
on September 01, 2013
At 94K miles, that Volvo is just getting broke in. Compare $2000 to $30000 for a new one, you will see where I am coming from. You need to see if you can find someone who is Volvo certified to do it that does not work for a dealership. There is one in every town, just ask around.

I have owned six Volvos and you cannot wear them out. Besides, they do not change the designs that often. Good luck!
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