Rear axle issue on 93 240

I have an automatic 1993 240 (non turbo) with 120K miles and the bearing(s) need to be changed inside the rear axle.
You can hear some VERY small 'rolling' noise and feel a very small
vibration.
I went to my garage and they first changed the bearing of the drive shaft and it reduced noise/vibration by about 80%. But with the car on the hoist and with the rear wheel spinning at 50 mph, using a screwdriver to listen to each wheel and read axle, I could clearly hear noise. And when driving teh car after, I could hear and feel it. But like I said, it is only 20% of what it was prior to changing the bearing of the drive shaft.
It seems to me pretty clear that this is the problem. The garage wants $800 to change teh bearings inside the rear axle.
My question is, can I wait? I mean, if I don't get the repair done, will I most likely be fine for another 25K miles? Also, is $800 on the high side?
I would appreciate your input on this situation.
Thank you.
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notdeadyet wrote:

Odd, I've never heard of that happening on a 240, and yours has exceptionally low mileage.
$800 seems like a lot, it might be cheaper to change the whole axle assembly with one from a salvage yard.
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On Wed, 16 Jun 2010 11:03:07 -0700, James Sweet

i'm beginning to think i have an evil twin. almost verbatim what i would have written. but i'm much more of a risque taker than my actual twin. 25k? monitor but don't worry. it sounds like you have a good skill set. where i live , if it's a private sale you willllll need to disclose -- a pro, like a dealer, buyer be ware. i bought my r (or she bought me -- don't know) from a toyota dealer. i got 48 hours before the sale was final. we threw an immediate 2k @ her, but the toyota dealer didn't get half what she is worth (1/3.685 actually). it's alll good. did i mention she hit 322 this weekend?
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Richard W Langbauer wrote:

...um, what they said (I think?) Put fresh gear lube in it then run it until it gets loud enough to be irritating to the neighbors and farm animals. 10 years from now, swap it out for a junkyard one. They'll run a long time, and make a *lot* of noise, before they fail.
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Only in Volvo-land can a statement like "your 17 year old car has exceptionally low mileage" when it's got 120,000 on it. Most other cars are scrap by then.

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A lot of them are, although most 17 year old cars if they are still on the road have more than that.
Still it's nice to have almost 300,000 on my car and still be able to count on it to get me where I'm going.
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On Wed, 16 Jun 2010 16:46:22 -0700, James Sweet

kinda a new thread now, i would never have let my new V buy me if i hadn't lusted after her for the last 15 years. my previous V is w/ a friend & still hits 170. crazy, i know, but sanity isn't everything. my V before that almost hit 1,000,000. he got very ill & "you shoot your own dog, don't ya?"
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On Wed, 16 Jun 2010 11:03:07 -0700, James Sweet

Thanks to all for your answers and comments. Sorry for the delay in replying, I was out of town.
I'll keep the car as is, unless the garage agrees to do it for $500. I'll let you know if work is done on the rear axle and the outcome. On the bright side, the owner has 40 years of experience with Volvo cars. He is just slightly dishonest on pricing and enjoy installing NEW parts.
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Most mechanic shops won't install junkyard or used parts IME. They'll install new or remanufactured parts. That's not dishonest, it's realistic in litigious times. I have had mechanics who were happy to install parts I bought elsewhere and charged me shop rate; they had all the parts at the outset, didn't have to wait for delivery of parts and got that repair turned over quicker than usual. They didn't get to make profits on the parts, of course, but the other benefits seemed to outweigh that.
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