The Regal Owners Forum View topic — New 2100: Impressions and Volvo 5.0 vs. Merc 5.0

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New 2100: Impressions and Volvo 5.0 vs. Merc 5.0

New 2100: Impressions and Volvo 5.0 vs. Merc 5.0

As I mentioned in a previous post, we were looking at a used (35 hour, which actually turned out to be 26 hour) 2011 2100 with a 5.0 Merc.

We took it out for a test run tonight and loved it. Coming from our 2008 Crownline 180BR with a carbed 4.3 (190hp), it felt very different. Our Crownline, which I don’t consider to have much of a hole shot with more than my wife, myself and our two small kids onboard, almost pops out of the water and there’s a very distinct point where it sets down when it planes out. The 2100’s bow rose and fell so little, I wasn’t sure we were on plane. Then I looked down and we were already at 30 MPH. Not bad, just very different. I also noticed that there’s a sweet spot with the trim, which varies with speed. It’s very smooth when you hit it, and if you trim up or down just a hair, there’s a slight vibration. I’m assuming that’s the point where the FastTrack hull is doing its thing, since it didn’t seem to be at a set point in the trim (though I’d be interested to hear otherwise).

Talking pricing with the dealer, a new 2012 doesn’t cost much more than the used one, so we’re looking to go that route. Either way, we fell in love with the boat.


Which brings me to my question: Volvo or Merc?

Crownline 180BR

Our Crownline has the 4.3 Merc (carb) with the Alpha drive. It’s been fine, though we’ve got 70 hours on it. My brother has a 2004 Glastron 180 with the same engine from Volvo. He’s also had no issues with his.

Driving both, the Volvo definitely seems to go into gear more smoothly. Move the throttle too slowly putting the Merc into gear, and you get chatter from the drive. It also seems very stiff between neutral and the engaged detent/position (both mine and the 2100 I drove tonight). The Volvo moves easily to that point. The other observation I have about the Merc is that I always get what look like mineral deposits on the upper portion of the outdrive. I read that it’s apparently due to the drive running so hot that when the boat comes off plane and sets back into the water, the drive boils the water touching it, leaving behind the mineral deposits.

Not to say that the Merc is bad, I’ve certainly had no mechanical issues, and they’re everywhere. So service is easy to find. But I’m curious about people’s experience with the 5.0 Merc vs. the 5.0 Volvo, especially in the 2100. Hopefully it’s not as much of a holy war like Mac/PC, Chevy/Ford.

Thanks from this (hopefully) future Regal owner!

Crownline 180BR
Crownline 180BR
Crownline 180BR
Crownline 180BR
Crownline 180BR
Crownline 180BR
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