I just got off the phone with Bill Casey at Volvo Cars North America, who updated me about the findings and recommendation that have transpired from the extensive investigation of my 2001 Volvo XC70:
1) Transmission – There is nothing wrong with my Transmission. (This took me by surprise.) The Field Engineer test drove the car for about an hour and determined that the transmission is, in fact, intact.
2) However, the Valve Body needs to be replaced. This is the cause of the car running uneven.
3) In addition, the Long Block needs to be replaced. This is a result of when the car overheated back in August 2008, resulting in the cylinder head having to be replaced. Apparently the Long Block was damaged as well, but it was not caught. There is no hairline crack in the cylinder head.
4) The Radiator needs to be replaced — it has an external leak. This is what is causing my coolant leak. The Engineer performed a glycol test and determined there was no leaking of coolant into the Transmission. (There is still no sign of external puddles under the car, so we don’t know where the coolant is going.)
5) Also, the Right Axle needs to be replaced. (A new find).
6) And finally the Angle Gear needs to be resealed. (Originally resealed in June 2005.)
The recommendation from Volvo is following:
1) Replace the Long Block – since this was part of an issue when the car was in warranty, Volvo will cover this cost ($7,337.82)
2) Replace the Valve Body – this is also tied to the 2008 incidence and Volvo will cover this as well ($1,247.62)
3) Replace the Radiator. Rusnak will pick up the cost of labor. I will have to pay for the part ($386.66)
4) Reseal the Angle Gear. Again, Rusnak will pick up the cost of labor. I will have to pay for the part ($250.97)
5) Replace the Front Right Axle. Again, Rusnak will pick up the cost of labor. I will have to pay for the part ($409.47)
So to sum it up:
- Volvo will cover repairs worth $8,585.44.
- Rusnak is covering labor (and giving Volvo a deal on the repairs performed “under warranty”).
- I will pay of parts adding up to $1,047.10.
This offer has been agreed to by all levels of Volvo Cars North America (Hi Doug Speck. Nice to hear from you, albeit indirectly!) and Rusnak (Mr. Yohan Haddad included). However, for this to go in effect, Volvo has asked me to sign a legal agreement where I agree to close down RusmackedVolvo and “all communication” regarding this case. Before that happens, I hope I can do a follow-up post with some clear next steps from Volvo Car of North America and Rusnak Auto Group on what systems or measures they plan on putting in place to ensure that the experience I had will not be happening again, to other customers. I’ll keep you updated on my decision on how to go forward.