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86 760 gle 2.8 v6 133000 . what are some known problems if any with this engine ? is it worth rebuilding ?

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The engine is the weakest is made by peugeot/citreon for volvo and is too expensive to rebuild.instead get hold of a 2.3 turbo and fit is a simple job as all the bits are readily available from volvo/scrap yards(you will need the engine bell housing and gearbox,plus the propshaft.)

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