- May 16, 2020
- Macon,GA, USA
I bought a 2015.5 Volvo XC60 with 2.0l turbo (DriveE engine) w 92k for 30 cents on the dollar. It ran at about 20% of its power. Took it to a Euro mechanic who said it blew a hole in the #1 valve. He did a $3000 head rebuild and it runs great. He put in Liqui Moly Volvo spec 0w30. When the engine was apart he said it was a clean engine except the dirty valves. He also said the dirty valves is a known risk to these direct injected turbo engines . I hadn't read about this being a bad year for rings before I bought it. The car is running great. Unfortunately it is GUZZLING oil. At first I ordered more Liqui Moly to top it off. In a pinch the next time it got low I put in a Castrol 5w 30. The mechanic said that would be fine. I've since moved to a Mobil 1 high mileage 5w30 that is ACEA A5/B5 certified to top it off. My daughter is taking the car to Jackson, MS to live next week. I've put 6 quarts in 3000 miles. I called the dealer over there. They are following the recent Volvo update and using Castrol Edge Professional 0w20. No smoke is coming out of the exhaust and the car runs great. All leaks were repaired with the head re-build. I understand now this was a bad year for the new at the time 2.0l turbo Volvo and we are way out of warranty. No check engine lights are coming on. The cost of oil in this car will be ridiculous. The mechanic has recommended a 5k oil change plan. Several things I'd like people to weigh on. 1) what oil would you put in factoring in a hot climate, cost and consumption. Does Volvo spec oil really matter? Does ACEA rating matter? 2) despite no check engine lights and running great is it possible something like the complicated PCV system is clogged or a catalytic converter or does my daughter just need to deal with a bad year model engine and add oil every 500 miles?