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1991 Volvo 240 - Cylinder Head HELP

Three months ago I bought a used '91 Volvo 240. Been having troubles with it off and on, beginning with needing a new starter. Turns out that the previous owner hadn't really maintained it the way it was supposed to be.
I finally got it running properly and without problems for about two weeks straight. Over the weekend, I was getting low on gas and so I bought a full tank. Three hours later, driving the car around town again, the engine started shaking violently, especially while at an idle. Trying to get home, I was going up hills and it seemed like there was little to no response from the gas pedal - I had it all the way to the floor and it felt like I was trying to coast up the hill. Finally I came to a red light and it shook even more violently and finally quit. After about 20 minutes of not even being able to start it, I finally got it going and essentially coasted home.
After that, I replaced the fuel filter (another part that was an original from 1991...) and found that the battery was dead again. However, even with a fully charged battery, the car wouldn't do anything more than crank up and die almost immediately.
I have now had the car towed to a mechanic and he just called me saying that the problem is cylinder 2 - it has about 65-70 pounds less pressure than the other cylinders. He's telling me that I'm going to need a new cylinder ($1100-1400) or a new motor (probably the same amount).
Has anyone else had troubles like this? Is it really worth spending all this money to fix this problem?

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Try check sock on pump in tank mine cost 1700.00 for parts it did not need all it needed was the sock

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If the top of the eng is sludge up you can get a 1995 940 motor and drop it in,if it clean inside the vale cover the why is comp low /the car is easy to pull the came and see if the valve spring is broken if ok /pull the head,its easy/now tell me what the problem is/yes these are very good cars but make sure you have a volvo mechanic 100%

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